Bibimbap is fun to say, so that’s a great start. The Korean word translates into mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables. This version uses tofu but you can replace with meat or just use vegetables. In fact, there are endless variations of this dish and you can substitute almost any vegetable for another, depending on what ‘s available in the fridge. You can also experiment with more complex sauces. This is a basic version that my son created and is easy to make (although time consuming); it was inspired by a mouth-watering trip to a Korean restaurant in Austin many years ago where we first discovered the dish. I’ve included links to Youtube videos so your kids can learn about different styles of chopping veggies.
- 1 lb carrots
- 2 lbs button mushrooms
- 1 zucchini
- 1 bunch bok choy
- 1 lb bean sprouts
- 1 cucumber
- 5 green onions
- 4 cloves garlic
- Sweet chili sauce
- 2 packs tofu (I like Wildwood organic with sprouted soybeans.)
- 3 tablespoons sesame oil
- Honey to taste
- Siracha (optional)
- 2 cups Long-grain white rice (Jasmine or Basmati)
- 4 eggs
- 1/2 lb frozen peas
- 1/4 cup soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil
- Rinse all. Remove wilted or damaged tops or slimy skin on onions.
- Julienne carrots and zucchini (cut into 2″ matchstick strips).
- Slice mushrooms thinly.
- Slice cucumbers into rounds, then in half (half-moon).
- Dice green onions into small pieces.
- Mince or crush garlic.
- Heat up medium size pan.
- Add 1 tablespoon sesame oil.
- Sauté each vegetable one at a time for 3-5 minutes until soft.
- Remove and place in separate piles on oven-safe dish.
- Add a teaspoon oil in between each.
- Place oven-safe plate in toaster oven at 170˚ to keep warm or leave on counter and put back in oven 5 minutes before tofu is ready.
- Chop into 1″ x 2″ rectangles.
- Place in casserole dish.
- Mix in sweet chili sauce.
- Add honey and siracha to taste.
- Bake in oven at 350˚ for 15 minutes.
- Rinse rice in strainer until water comes out clear.
- Boil 2 cups water in pot.
- Add rice and simmer for 20 minutes. Here’s a simple stovetop rice video and here’s one for a pressure cooker like an instapot.
- Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk them, add pinch of salt.
- Put wok (or saucepan) on high heat for 2 minutes.
- Add one tablespoon avocado oil.
- Pour egg into pan, continuously scrambling.
- While still moist add 2 more tablespoons oil.
- Toss in rice and stir into egg.
- Season with 2 tablespoon soy sauce and pinch of salt.
- Turn off heat, add green onion, mix in.
Remove tofu and vegetable dish from oven.
Fill bowls halfway with egg-fried-rice.
Each person can add as much tofu and vegetables as they like.
For a super healthy version, replace rice with quinoa or riced cauliflower.
Bok choy might be new to your child. If so, look it up. What cultures use it most? In what dishes do you typically find it? It’s a good idea to introduce your child gradually to new fruits and vegetables. That will make them more open to unfamiliar foods, and eating a diverse diet is one of the keys to good health. If you nurture a sense of curiosity and excitement about new dishes, traveling to new parts of the world (and even country!) will more fun and rewarding.