In collaboration with Simply Beef & Lamb.
The Korean New Year, also known as Wondon, falls on the 28th of January this year. The start of the lunar new year coincides with the second new moon after the winter solstice, and it is a time of family celebration and ritual with traditional dishes being served.
Korean cooking has taken over the UK food scene in the past year and deliciously cooked meat is an essential part of many of the traditional dishes served, such as this Korean beef bibimbap. The Korean word bibimbap literally translates as ‘mixed rice’ and it is served on the eve of the Korean New Year as a way to use up any leftover side dishes before the new year begins.
Traditionally, this dish is served as a bowl of warmed rice topped with a selection of sautéed and seasoned vegetables such as carrots, courgettes, spinach, cucumber, mushrooms or beansprouts. Sliced meat, usually beef, is included, and the whole thing is topped with a fried egg. Each of the ingredients in the dish is arranged so that the adjacent colours complement each other. Sesame seeds are sprinkled over the top for a final garnish. You stir it all together in your bowl just before eating.
Another key component of this dish is Sunchang Gochujang, a Korean hot pepper paste that can either be stirred through the beef once it’s cooked, or served on the side, dolloping it on your plate as you eat. You can find this condiment in your local Asian foods store, and if you live in Shetland, Scoop Wholefoods stocks it.
Delicious, good quality meat is essential to many Korean dishes. Look out for the Red Tractor logo on packs of meat to show you the meat you’re buying is farm assured quality meat and responsibly produced by people dedicated to providing great food.
If you’re looking for some new recipes to try out, check out the Korean Simply Beef and Lamb recipes on their website. These highlight the versatility of flavours you can use when cooking with beef and lamb and the Simply Beef and Lamb Korean recipes, like this bibimbap, are really delicious and simple to make. They’ve got a wide range of other cuisines too – definitely check them out – you will be inspired, promise!
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