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There's a small Korean restaurant near the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where they make this dish on Tuesdays only. The line goes out the door. I tried a dozen different recipes until I found this one, which is pretty close to the Tuesday special. There are three parts to this recipe: the main dish, the marinade, and Kochujang sauce
- 18 ounces chicken breasts
- 6 eggs, separated
- 12 ounces carrots, julienned
- 12 ounces cucumbers, julienned
- 12 ounces spinach, cooked and shredded
- sesame oil, as needed
- salt, pepper to taste
- 6 cups cooked sushi rice
- 1 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 cup garlic, minced
- 1⁄4 cup chopped white scallion
- 3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted and crushed
- 1⁄4 cup chili bean paste (kochujang)
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon water
- Make the marinade: Combine 1 cup soy sauce, 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup minced garlic, 1/4 cup chopped white scallion, 3 tablespoons toasted, crushed sesame seeds and pepper to taste.
- Cut chicken breasts into small pieces, matchstick sized.
- Let rest at least 2 hours in marinade -- refrigerated.
- Season egg yolks with salt. Beat until smooth.
- Lightly oil and heat nonstick pan over medium flame.
- Cook yolks crêpe-style. Transfer crêpes to. sheet pan to cool.
- Repeat process with egg whites. (If necessary, add small. amount of cornstarch-water mixture to keep whites smooth.).
- Julienne white and yellow crêpes. Reserve.
- Season carrots and cucumber with salt. Set aside 5 minutes. Rinse; pat dry. Saute in sesame oil. Reserve.
- Stir-fry spinach in sesame oil. Reserve.
- Arrange chicken, egg, vegetables around rice.
- Make Kochujang sauce: combine 1/4 cup kochujang (chile-bean paste), 2 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water in saucepan. Heat to boil, stirring constantly.
- Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture reduces, 3-5 minutes.
- Serve Kochujang sauce with the Bi Bim Bap.
Not bad and would definitly make it again but i found the chicken to be quite salty - would use the reduced sodium soya sauce next time.
I've had bi bim bap at a few locations and this recipe is the best thus far! I had a little trouble finding the kochujang sauce at the international market. I ended up buying a Chili Paste Sauce with Soya Bean Oil and it worked out just fine. The prep takes a while but it's worth every second. Use a low-sodium soy sauce if you're concerned with the sodium content. Thanks!
Lot of work,but it was worth it!Almost like being in Korea again!