If you’re looking for a healthier way to eat, let me introduce to you the “Bibimbap Diet.”
Bibimbap is a very popular dish of rice and vegetables in Korea, but there’s a certain “healthy wisdom” in this dish which you can expand into an entire diet. This is something that I’ve started to do in the last few years myself.
First off, let’s look at how to make the easy Bibimbap.
1. Cook some rice. (I strongly recommend Calrose if you’re living in the West. It’s the same brand used in Korea.)
2. Prepare an assortment of vegetables such as: Lettuce, onions, thinly sliced carrots, mushrooms, bean sprouts, spinach, seaweed and or any fresh vegetables you want to add. Some of the veggies you may want to fry or steam.
3. Place it all into a bowl. Koreans often use Rock Pots (돌솥) heated in an oven. They are so wonderful in the cold months as the food keeps sizzling in front of your face for several minutes.
4. Add a teaspoon of Sesame Oil.
5. Add a teaspoon or more of Red Pepper Paste. (고추장)
6. Mix all of these ingredients together and If you have a sizzling rock pot, add a raw egg and let it sizzle. If not, fry an egg and throw it on top. That’s the finishing touch! Voila! Mix and eat!
So now you know how to make the famous bibimbap, which was rated an award winning airline entre. But now consider Bibimbap from a nutritional standpoint and as a general diet recommendation.
The word bibim in Korean basically means mixing together and the fundamental reason for the nutritional excellence of this dish is the inclusion of so many fresh vegetables. In the western world, you might have seen the studies that have shown the alarming fact that Americans and Canadians eat a diet of approximately 70% processed foods. As a result we have the highest cancer and heart disease rates in the entire world! When you skip out on fresh vegetables or fruits, your’e missing out on the 1000’s of the newly discovered phytomins. These are the kind of miracle-substances that just can’t be added to processed foods. How do you define the awesome flavor of a freshly picked apple?
So when it comes to my diet these days, I find myself mixing in loads of fresh vegetables, seeds, beans, leafy greens, kimchi, the superfood, and living the Bibibimbap Diet! I highly recommend you give it a try. All Korean supermarkets and usually Asian supermarkets too sell that delcious Red Pepper Paste (Gotchu-jang 고추장). The Bibibimbap Diet is tremendously healthy. Why not give it a try?
Note: It’s also very common to add a bit of fried meat of your choosing. I’ve cut back myself however. I also use a little less rice.