Bibimbap Seasoning: Flavor blender

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Have you ever eaten bibimbap in Korean restaurant? Then let me ask you this: did they served you with thick red paste with ground beef and sesame seed in it or did they just gave you thin sauce that you squeeze out from the bottle? If you got the latter, you have not tasted the real thing yet. But don’t worry, I will share the secret with you!

This seasoning is a blend of ground beef, sesame oil, sesame seed, honey, onion, and sugar. All these mixture blend in together to create hearty, spicy, and sweet seasoning that melds the flavors of toppings of bibimbap. Is your mouth watering yet? Mine sure is.

The best part of the recipe is that this is really easy, and you can store it up to two weeks in your refrigerator. So you can make it in batch and enjoy whenever you can. Sounds good enough? Ok, then. Here are the recipes for bibimbap seasoning:

  • 1/2 Pound of ground beef
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp Crushed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Corn syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Sake
  • 1 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 8 Tbsp Korean chili paste
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame seed or crushed peanut
  • 1/2 Tbsp canola oil

Steps (I know, this is completely new to my recipes, but I believe that this will make easier to follow)

  1. Mix ground beef with sesame oil, crushed garlic, corn syrup, sake, soy sauce, and black pepper
  2. Let the mixture rest for 15 minutes
  3. Chop the onion. It has to be very fine
  4. Preheat the skillet with medium-high heat. Grease the pan with canola oil
  5. Add onion and fry it until it becomes slightly translucent
  6. Add ground beef mixture and brown them. Make sure to break down the beef into small bits.
  7. Once the beef is browned, add rest of the ingredient except the sesame seed and reduce the heat to medium
  8. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally
  9. After 5 minutes, turn the heat off, mix in sesame seed or peanut.
  10. Enjoy!

These go very well in bibimbap, but they are pretty good as themselves too. Try them with white rice!

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