Bibimbap (Mixed Vegetables on Rice)

A simple but popular dish, bibimbap is a bowl of hot rice served in a bowl topped with a variety ofvegetables (cooked and raw) arranged on top. Vegetables can be seasonal, with toraji, bell flower roots,gosari, bracken, bean sprouts, and spinach often served. Other ingredients can include chestnuts,jujubes, ginseng, and a small amount of seafood or meat. An egg may be also served on the top. Most restaurantsprepare the dish with a big scoop of gochujang and red pepper paste placed with the vegetables. (Ask forit to be placed on the side if you do not like the taste much.)

This dish comes in two ways: a large bowl with rice on the bottom and the other ingredients placed on top, orjust the ingredients in the bowl and a separate bowl of rice. Mix all the ingredients together then use yourspoon to eat. A bowl of light soup is also served.