I bought Mandi these nice stone bowls, known as dolsot in Korean, intending to make some bipimbap with her one night. Well that was in July, that's how busy the summer has been! Finally we had a chance to cook together for just the two of us the other day and the bipimbap stars aligned. This is not the most authentic version around(I need to add this disclaimer for angry food police on reddit), but the flavors were fantastic and we both devoured it! Best thing we made in awhile.
Just a quick note, if you tried to click my Tablespoon link from Wednesday and it didn't work, sorry about that! Tablespoon was down for a day because they were revamping the website and the new version looks great!
Tasty fresh salmon in a quick marinade of soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, and brown sugar.
Some quick pickled carrots and cabbage will have to do in place of kimchi today.
Chopped veggies and eggs ready for the grill.
Get a nice sear, but don't let them get mushy!
The brown sugar helps the salmon sear nicely.
Then you just layer up everything into the hot bowls!
This is a pure comfort dinner that is a lot better for you than what we normally associate with comfort around here. I can't wait to play around more with these stone bowls!
Marinade the fish in 1/2 cup of sesame oil, two tablespoons soy sauce, 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Grill it on all sides for only a few minutes or less depending on how thick the pieces are.
While you are grilling, go ahead and grill off whatever other veggies you plan to use. We had red bell peppers and zucchini.
Get your clay pots into a cold oven and turn it up to 450. Rinse a short grain rice and add it to a pot plenty of water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for about 10 minutes until tender. Taste it along the way so you don't overcook it. Strain. When the pots have come to temperature, brush with a little sesame oil and then add in the rice. Press the rice up against the bowls so there is space in the center to put all the veggies, but be careful, the bowls are super hot! Put the bowls back into the oven just for about 7 minutes, only to ensure that the rice will have plenty of heat and time to crisp up. The rice should be in the bowl at least 15 minutes before you start eating. Now all you have to do is load in all the veggies and fish, and fry up a quick egg to go up top.