Rainbow veggies and egg yolks on top of rice for a homemade bibimbap

Rainbow Vegetarian Bibimbap

This Delicious Rainbow vegetarian bibimbap recipe is the perfect meal in a bowl! With a variety of taste, texture and colour – there is something for everyone and it’s surprisingly easy to put together!

From smoothie bowls to salad bowls – I love any meal that can be served in a bowl and this rainbow vegetarian bibimbap recipe is the perfect ‘bowl’ recipe that has everything you need!

If you haven’t heard of ‘Bibimbap’ before, it is a Korean dish that is akin to a stir-fried rice with loads of veggie and protein toppings – While I’m not going to pretend that this is the most authentic take on the recipe, here is my take on a delicious vegetarian bibimbap that I’ve become obsessed with recently.  You really can pack everything you need into a single bowl dish. Plus, it’s great for meal prep!

Rainbow veggies and egg yolks on top of rice for a homemade vegetarian bibimbap

This rainbow bibimbap is super versatile too!

While I’ve obviously made suggestions for my favourite veggies to include into the dish, feel free to add your own favourite veggies and any additional protein such as tofu, etc.

I really think one of the most delicious must-have ingredients are the eggs. Either as soft boiled or fried, the delicious, creamy yolk is perfect alongside the rice and veggies. Here, in fact, I’ve actually gone for a method that a friend suggested to me, by simply separating the yolks from the egg whites and serving directly into the dish for a creamy flavour throughout – which is especially delicious using Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs as the yolks are SUPER creamy and delicious. The choice of egg method is yours!

Plus – while the recipe ingredients list may look a little daunting, there’s really not much preparation needed and this really can be pulled together fairly quickly. I took some additional time to colour some veggies as an optional step, however, you can have these pre-prepared or you can skip this step altogether.

The Recipe:

Makes: 4 servings

Preparing Time:  Depends on veggies used between 30-60 minutes for soaking/cooking etc.

Ingredients


For the rainbow bibimbap:
Ingredients for homemade vegetarian bibimbap with eggs

  • 1.5 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 3 Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs
  • 1 cup cucumber sesame salad
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1 cup red cabbage
  • 1 cup mung bean sprouts
  • 1 cup spring onion
  • 1 cup Chinese cabbage
  • 1 cup mushrooms (I used Golden Enoki mushrooms)
  • 1 cup broccoli sprouts
  • 1 cup wilted the spinach
  • sesame seeds
  • hot sauce of choice
  • a handful of edamame seeds (optional)
  • a handful of radish sprouts (optional)
  • a handful of edible flowers (optional)

For colouring the sprouts (optional):
How to taint mung bean sprouts with red cabbage How to taint mung bean sprouts with beetroot

  • mung bean sprouts
  • 1 tBsp white vinegar
  • a handful of shredded red cabbage (for purple colour)
  • 1 small beetroot (for pink/reddish colour)

For the cucumber sesame salad:
Ingredients for cucumber sesame salad for vegetarian bibimbap

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tBsp sugar (I used coconut sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 2-3 spring onions

Directions

  1. (Optional step, can be done well in advance or skipped) To colour the mung bean sprouts purple, add a handful of sprouts to a bowl with a handful of shredded red cabbage and cover with hot water.
    How to taint mung bean sprouts with red cabbage How to taint mung bean sprouts with red cabbage
    Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and stir.  Set aside.
    How to taint mung bean sprouts with red cabbage and white vinegar How to taint mung bean sprouts with red cabbage
    To colour the mung bean sprouts pink/reddish, add a handful of sprouts to a bowl with a few slices of beetroot and cover with hot water.
    How to taint mung bean sprouts with beetroot
    Add 1 tbsp of white vinegar and stir. Set aside.
    How to taint mung bean sprouts with beetroot and vinegarLeave them to rest for about 1 hour. The longer you wait, the deeper the colour would be. They’re a perfect, fun accompaniment for a vegetarian bibimbap
    How to taint mung bean sprouts with beetroot and red cabbage for vegetarian bibimpbap
    Mung bean sprouts tainted purple with red cabbage Mung bean sprouts tainted purple with red cabbage for vegetarian bibimbap Mung bean sprouts tainted purple with beetroot
  2. Before you cook the rice, first make sure to rinse it well so that all the starch gets washed away. About 3-4 times does the trick – this is the key to beautifully fluffy rice!
    Short grain brown rice - make sure to rinse it well Short grain brown rice - make sure to rinse it well Short grain brown rice - make sure to rinse it well
    It’s best to rinse it until the water becomes perfectly clear. As you can see in the photo below, when you first rinse it, the water is very murky. After 3-4 rinses, the water was clear.
    Short grain brown rice - make sure to rinse it well until the water is clear
    Leave the rice to soak in water for 30 mins. Rinse again.
    Soaking short grain brown rice
    To cook 1.5 cups of rice, add 3 cups of water in the saucepan. Bring to a boil.
    Cooking short grain brown rice
    As soon as it’s boiling, cover and leave to simmer until all the water is absorbed.
    Freshly made fluffy short grain brown rice
    The rice is ready when all the water gets absorbed and it becomes fluffy.
    Freshly made fluffy short grain brown rice Freshly made fluffy short grain brown rice
  3.  To prepare the cucumber sesame salad, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
    Making a cucumber sesame salad
    Cut the cucumber into slices or shreds, then add it to the bowl and mix well.
    Cucumber sesame salad for vegetarian bibimbap Cucumber sesame salad
    Note: instead of adding the cucumber sesame salad to the bibimbap like I did, you can also serve it as a side dish as it delicious on itself. 
  4. Prepare the rest of the ingredients: Cut the carrots, cabbage, and spring onion.
    Shredded carrots
    You can wilt the spinach by covering it with hot water for 1-2 minutes.
    Fresh baby spinach Wilting fresh baby spinach in hot water Wilting fresh baby spinach in hot water
    Then just make sure to squeeze out all the liquid.
    Wilted fresh baby spinach Wilted fresh baby spinach
    If you coloured the sprouts using red cabbage then you can use this cabbage within the dish. If not, then you can gently cook it in boiling water for a few minutes, to soften.
    Rainbow veggies for homemade bibimbap
  5. Cook the mushrooms with sesame oil for a few minutes.
  6. When all your ingredients are ready, you can assemble the rainbow vegetarian bibimbap in a big pan or a wok.
    Rainbow veggies and brown rice
    Add the rice at the bottom, then arrange all the ingredients on top of it, leaving free space in the centre.
    Note: When I prepare this dish for my family and friends, I like assembling it all in a big wok. This allows the food to keep warm until it’s served. Alternatively, you can divide the ingredients and serve in individual bowls
    Rainbow veggies on top of rice for a homemade bibimbap
    Cover the middle of the rice with hot sauce – as little or as much as you like.
    Rainbow veggies on top of rice for a homemade bibimbap
  7. Finally, crack open 3 Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs, remove the egg white and place the yolks on top of the hot sauce.
    Rainbow veggies and egg yolks on top of rice for a homemade vegetarian bibimbap
    Your vegetarian rainbow bibimbap is ready to be mixed and served!
    Homemade vegetarian bibimbap decorated with edible flowers

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Rainbow veggies and egg yolks on top of rice for a homemade rainbow vegetarian bibimbap

 

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