Happy Birthday Buddha!
Koreans are celebrating Buddha’s 2555th birthday during their Lotus Lantern Festival and I wish I could be there. It looks amazing.
I can’t even imagine the spectacle, the festivals, the parades.
I wanted to make a lantern of my own to celebrate. Look at how beautiful!
But instead I decided to make food. Korean food. Specifically Bibimbap. Not only is it fun to say, but it looks pretty simple (and delicious).
Bibimbap is essentially a mix of rice, seasoned vegetables (namul) and gochujang (red pepper paste). It is usually served with beef and topped with an egg.
Sounds good, right? Now that I’ve baited you with beautiful pictures from my cookbook, you must know I have my own way of doing things. I decided to make:
Lazy White Vegetarian Girl Bibimbap
After all, it’s Buddha’s birthday and he’s down with non-action right? Oh, and I’m pretty sure he’s vegetarian. Oh, and I don’t really cook as much as assemble.
So this is what I did in about 10 minutes. Yes. Ten minutes.
Ingredients: Brown Rice, Broccoli slaw, Radish Kimchi, Scallion, Garlic, Egg, Bragg’s, Gomasio, Chilli Garlic Sauce, Seasoned Toasted Nori.
I cook my rice in my handy-dandy “Flavor Steamer” by Black and Decker. Set it and forget it (I pressed play in the morning and went to work). EASY (and lazy).
I steamed broccoli slaw. Far be it from me to slice and dice all that namul. I added garlic, scallions, braggs and gomasio (sea salt and black sesame seeds).
I ALWAYS have kimchi handy (what you don’t?). This is just radish (daikon) kimchi. Want to make your own? Click here.
About that gochujang. I could easily pick some up at the Korean Market but it’s loaded with sugar and starch and I’ve mentioned before I am not Zen about sugar and flour.
I used this Chili Garlic Sauce, which is like Srirachi sauce but has no sugar. (I use this all the time. So good).
My beloved toasted Nori is optional. You can buy it at Whole Foods and Trader Joes (and be robbed), get some from a Korean Mart or make your own (click here).
See? It’s different from sushi nori.
About that egg. I love my egg whites but I don’t do the yolks too often. In keeping with my lazy ways I decided to soft poach an egg in the microwave and call it a day.
Then you put it all together.
I don’t cook. I assemble.
Man, I wish I had fried that egg.
Bust open the yolk and stir it all up.
It was very good, but I won’t get too attached. Buddha wouldn’t want that.
Besides, I really want to make a legit version soon. I know Koreans would cringe at this bastardized version.
Until then, I’ll just chill.
- Did you know it was Buddha’s Birthday? If not you an file that under “I learned something new today!”
- Do you love my weird, ugly food or are you gagging. Be honest! I know you love me anyway.
- What’s your “lazy” meal of choice?
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