Homemade Dolsot Bibimbap

Hey ya’ll! I have an awesome post for you today. Remember that picture of bibimbap that I shared with ya’ll for last WIAW? Well Carrianne and I decided that we were going to learn to make our own, so we didn’t have to pay 14-20$ every time we wanted dolsot bibimbap. We adventured to Koreatown on Saturday to look for our very own stone bowls. We ended up going to H-mart, which sold bowls for about 9$. That included the lid, bowl, and a plate. We got a few food items at the market to add to the our bibimbap too. On Sunday, we started our Asian food adventure.

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Stone Dolsot Bibimbap

1/2 c of cooked brown rice
bean sprouts
matchstick carrots
sauteed zuchinni
sauteed mushrooms (we used a mix of shiitake, crimini, and regular)
1/4 c of cooked meat (we used ground beef with 1 tbsp of sugar and 2 tbsp of soy sauce)
1 egg
1-2 tsp of sesame oil
Gochugang (red paste)

1. First you place your stone bowl on the burner with medium-low heat. Let bowl get extremely hot. Once hot, add in the sesame oil to the bottom of the bowl.

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2. Once you add in the oil, you want to layer in the rice. Try to get the rice coated all along the bottom and the sides.

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3. Then you add in the vegetables one at a time, making a fan like organization throughout the bowl.

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4. Make sure you have cooked everything before placing it on the bowl. A good tip to getting all the vegetables on the bowl in a nice manner and not making a mess is by using tongs to pick up all the things and place them in your stone bowl.

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5. Place the fried egg on the top and in the middle of the bowl. Keep heating until you hear a strong sizzling/crackling noise, which will be the rice cooking with the sesame oil. If you want the rice crunchier, you should leave it on the heat for a longer period of time.

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6. Remove the bowl from the heat with two oven mitts because the bowl will be extremely hot. Place on your dolsot plate that came along with the bowl.

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7. Top with the red paste (be cautious because it can be very spicy depending on the type that you buy), and mix well. You can stir it up and mix all of the things in with the rice.

This was amazing. Seriously tasted just as good as the time we went to the restaurant in Koreatown with our guy friends. We somehow bought the super spicy red paste, so we were about to explode. However I love sweating and cleaning out my sinuses. The rice was perfectly crispy from cooking in the sesame oil in the bottom of the bowl. We had a great amount of vegetables too. You could definitely make a vegetarian bowl by using only vegetables and tofu or vegetables only. I can’t wait to try out more combinations in this bowl because I think there are some good meat options that you can stick in this. Things such as pork belly or real bulgogi beef. Yes, we made a knock off bulgogi with ground beef. It was really delicious though, which was a nice surprise. I am so happy that we ended up buying dolsot stone bowls because this dish ended up being very cheap to prepare.

Also cooking with two is great because you also can clean together, which makes the whole process go by quicker. Anyways Carrianne and I have decided that we are going to be cooking all kinds of Asian recipes, so we can save money and enjoy the food that we love. I hope ya’ll enjoyed this recipe as much as I did. I definitely recommend going out to buy your own stone bowl because this is a really easy and healthy recipe to make. It was like a luxury too. I felt like I was enjoying takeout without having to pick it up or pay for it. Overall this was a success.

Have you ever had bibimbap?
Have you ever tried to make something from a restaurant at home?

 

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Sushi’s Healing Powers

Hey ya’ll! In Your Healing Diet Austin, by Deirdre Earls, there is an entire section on places to eat out at in Austin while following a Healing Diet. While most of the restaurants are in Austin, you can apply the genres of food to anywhere in the US or world. For instance, the book names a couple of sushi restaurants in Austin, like Uchi and Uchiko (definitely going to review this yummy place later on), but the book then states that all Japanese restaurants can meet the dietary rules of a Healing Diet.

Since it was a Saturday (my day to eat out), I decided to go find some sushi to enjoy on this new plan of mine. We just got a new sushi place, How Do You Roll, in San Marcos. I’ve been to the Austin location and I love it, so I was really excited when I found out the news. The basic concept of the restaurant is that you can create your own sushi rolls instead of having to pick from a long list of rolls containing a few items that you may not want to eat. Pretty much I’m in love with anything that can be made customizable!

This is the where you create your roll. First you start off with picking what type of wrapping you want, which is either soy or seaweed. I think that this is very considerate because some people do not eat sushi just because they don’t like the taste of seaweed. In my opinion I don’t think you even taste it, but whatever floats people’s boat. Next you get to choose what rice, which your options are brown or white. I love that they offer brown rice because it is a healthier choice and a whole grain that is needed in a balanced diet. After they place the rice on the roll, you then get to choose your veggies, fruit, and protein. The only thing I wish they offered was tofu for the vegetarians and vegans out there. You can still get an all veggie/fruit roll, but I think it would be nice to have some tofu in the roll. Finally they roll it up in front of you, slice it into 10 pieces (yes 10 whole pieces), and then you can add sauces and toppings onto the roll.

I ended up getting my rolls to go. My first roll was an all fruit roll, which I thought was extremely delicious. I used a seaweed wrap, brown rice, mango, strawberries, mandarin oranges, and it was topped with a strawberry sauce from mashed up strawberries. I personally love vegetarian rolls because they have a more fresh and natural taste to them than the ones with chopped up meat.

While the Healing Diet says to follow a mostly plant based diet, I decided to add some spicy tuna to my second roll. It is such a small amount though that it doesn’t even count as a normal portion of protein. The rest of my roll was a seaweed wrap, brown rice, avocado, strawberries, and mandarin orange. I know, more fruit, what can I say? I love the taste of fruit in a roll. I topped my roll with sesame seeds and enjoyed dipping it into a small amount of gluten free soy sauce (that was from my apartment).

It was an awesome dinner that was extremely affordable. I got 20 pieces of sushi for $11.45. Definitely winning right there. Another great thing about How Do You Roll is that the staff is extremely friendly and willing to help you with your dietary concerns. If you go to the Austin location, they offer punch cards and when you eventually get 9 rolls you get the 10th roll free. Best deal ever.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic Sunday and Fathers Day!

What would you put in your sushi roll?
Do you like the idea of customizable and healthy food?