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My Vegan Detox Bibimbap

I’m a huge fan of Korean food.  Huge.  I keep two different type of kimchi in my fridge for kimchi-related emergencies.  It took me a while to realize that I could make some of my favourite Korean dishes at home, but once I started, there was no stopping me.  This is my quick, vegan take on bibimbap.  It’s usually rice, veg and meat, served in a hot stone bowl, so that the rice gets crispy on the bottom.  My version replaces the rice with cauliflower and ramps up the veggies to make a super healthy lunch – my vegan detox bibimbap!  

Detox Bibimbap - Dish Again

This dish does have a few parts to it, but it really come together quickly and you only use one pan to cook everything.  You’ll need a few essential Korean ingredients – sesame oil, gochjuang, kimchi and sesame seeds, but you should be able to find these at any Asian grocery store.  Gochjuang is this amazing paste made from fermented chili peppers, rice and soybeans.  You can think of it as miso with a kick.

Detox Bibimbap - Kimchi  

The pickled carrots that I include are from this recipe from Foodie with Family.  They are amazing and ALWAYS in my fridge.  If you didn’t think to make these in advance (what??), feel free to leave them out or saute some matchstick carrots in sesame oil with a sprinkle of salt.

Detox Bibimbap - Mushrooms

First, you will need 2-3 portobella mushrooms, roughly chopped into big chunks.  Saute the mushrooms over medium high heat in some sesame oil until they are golden (about 10 minutes.)  Place them in a bowl and top with a nice spoonful of Gochjuang paste.  Mix them up and set aside.

Detox Bibimbap - Cooked Mushrooms

Now for the cauliflower.  I’ve heard of people making cauliflower “rice” in the food processor, but I just roughly break up about 1/4 head of cauliflower into rough chunks.  It’s less cleanup and I don’t always feel like lugging out the heavy equipment.

Detox Bibimbap - Cauliflower Far

Saute the cauliflower chunks in the same pan with some sesame oil, sesame seeds and a little salt.  Cook them just until you get some golden bits on the cauliflower – you don’t want to overcook these.  Place the cauliflower onto the plate you’ll be serving your dish up on and set aside.  I would tell you to set aside in another bowl, but do you really want all of those extra bowls to clean up?

Detox Bibimbap - Cauliflower Cooked

Now for the zucchini!  With a veggie peeler, peel a medium sized zucchini into long strips, but stop when you reach the seedy part in the center.  It’s the same method I used for my Jerk Mushrooms with Zucchini Noodles.  I am obviously very obsessed with zucchini noodles.

Detox Bibimbap - Zucchini Ribbons

Saute in your same pan with some sesame oil for about 30 seconds.  You do not want to overcook these!  Place the cooked zucchini noodles onto your plate with the sauteed cauliflower.

Detox Bibimbap - Dish Whole

Assembly time!  Add the mushrooms, carrots (if you’re using them) onto the plate, along with some kimchi and a big dollop of gochjuang paste in the center.  I like to sprinkle some extra sesame seeds on the zucchini because it’s pretty. 

Detox Bibimbap - Dish Closer Up

Time to eat!  The “bibim” in bibimbap actually translates to “mixed” and that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do with this dish.  Mix it up and have fun!  This dish is an amazing contrast of different flavours, textures and temperatures.  Enjoy!

Detox Bibimbap - Mixed Up

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  1. Dana

    I should know better than to read your food blog while I’m hungry! I love kimchi, haven’t had it for too long. Your photos are delicious:) I am going to eat something now.

    1. Rasa

      Thanks Dana! You can see why I keep a supply of Kimchi in the fridge. 🙂

  2. Ursula

    Hey random question, but do you have a Pinterest button for your pictures? If you do, please forgive me for missing the obvious. I’m shamefully technologically inept. I love this recipe and wanted to add it my board! Either way it’s getting made.

    1. Rasa

      Hi Ursula – So glad you like the recipe! I’ve actually been customizing the code of a Pintrest plug-in, but hadn’t activated it yet. I’ll totally get moving on that! 🙂

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