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Bibimbop

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 50 mins
Total time 1 hr, 6 mins
Yield Serves 4 (serving size: 1 bowl)
A delicious combination of rice and vegetables, this signature Korean dish is worth the effort. As you prepare each component, place hot food on a jelly-roll pan and keep in a warm oven.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces extra-firm tofu, drained
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic, divided
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup julienne-cut carrot
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons dark sesame oil, divided
  • 3 cups hot cooked short-grain rice
  • 1 cup fresh bean sprouts
  • 1 (5-ounce) package sliced shiitake mushroom caps
  • 1 (9-ounce) package fresh baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons gochujang (Korean chili paste, such as Annie Chun's)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 502
  • fat 23.4 g
  • satfat 4.5 g
  • monofat 9.9 g
  • polyfat 7.1 g
  • protein 20.9 g
  • carbohydrate 56.4 g
  • fiber 6.1 g
  • cholesterol 214 mg
  • iron 6.8 mg
  • sodium 698 mg
  • calcium 199 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut tofu into 3/4-inch-thick slices. Place tofu in a single layer on several layers of paper towels; cover with additional paper towels. Let stand 30 minutes, pressing down occasionally.

  2. Combine 1/3 cup water, vinegar, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, and crushed red pepper in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add carrot, and remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes. Drain.

  3. Remove tofu from paper towels; cut into 3/4-inch cubes. Place tofu in a medium bowl. Combine remaining 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, remaining 1/2 teaspoon ginger, soy sauce, and 1 tablespoon oil, stirring with a whisk. Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce mixture to tofu; toss gently. Let stand 15 minutes.

  4. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over high heat for 4 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil; swirl to coat. Add rice to pan in a single layer; cook 1 minute (do not stir). Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes.

  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil; swirl to coat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce mixture and bean sprouts to pan; sauté 1 minute. Remove sprouts from pan; keep warm. Add 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons soy sauce mixture; sauté 1 minute. Remove mushrooms from pan; keep warm. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add tofu to pan; sauté 7 minutes or until golden brown. Remove tofu from pan; keep warm. Add remaining 1 teaspoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add remaining 1 teaspoon garlic and remaining 1 tablespoon soy sauce mixture; sauté 30 seconds. Add spinach to pan; sauté 1 minute or until spinach wilts. Remove spinach from pan; keep warm. Reduce heat to medium. Melt butter in pan. Crack eggs into pan; cook 4 minutes or until whites are set. Remove from heat.

  6. Place 3/4 cup rice in each of 4 shallow bowls. Top each serving evenly with carrots, sprouts, mushrooms, tofu, and spinach. Top each serving with 1 egg and 1 teaspoon chili paste. Sprinkle evenly with salt.