If you've dined at Korean restaurants, chances are good you've tried bibimbap, an irresistible meal-in-a-bowl of sizzling rice topped with marinated grilled meat, vegetables, and a salty-sweet sauce. While making your own simplified version at home still involves multiple pans (but no grill), the payoff is a totally delicious and worth-it cooking adventure. Be sure to have the thinly sliced beef and gochujang seasoning paste on hand before you start. For the fastest prep, continue through the recipe to cook the components simultaneously. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Olive Huang.
- Mince the garlic. In a large bowl, combine the garlic, applesauce, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sugar. Add the beef and use your hands to massage the marinade into beef. Let marinate for 30-60 minutes at room temperature, or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.
- To make bibimbap sauce: Mince the garlic. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, gochujang, brown sugar, sesame oil, water, and rice vinegar. Cover and set aside in the refrigerator.
- Cook the rice with water according to package instructions. When done, set aside and keep warm.