Bibimbap is not a strict dish, and a number of different ingredient combinations work. So, I decided to pick an assortment that would still provide all the contrast and color that I crave without taking multiple hours to prepare.
'Bibimbap' on Serious Eats
This Vegetarian Bibimbap is all about knowing how to treat your vegetables right—cooking and seasoning every component individually with just the right amount of salt, garlic and sesame oil. It might sound a bit time consuming to prepare all of these vegetables individually, but cooking separately ensures that textures and flavors keep their integrity and really shine. Once all of your vegetables have been cooked they are placed on top of a bowl of steamed white rice (no need to reheat the vegetables, the heat from the rice will take care of it), and finished with cool grated cucumber, toasted sesame oil, and a dollop of seasoned chile paste.
I'm not sure whether I love the flavors of bibimbap or just twirling around the ingredients in the big bowl. It's such a thrill, and the results are always delicious. But I figured it was something to be indulged in...