My recipe for the classic Korean rice dish called bibimbap. I like to make it with lots of veggies and baked, spicy tofu.
1) For sauce, mince garlic very fine and stir together with other ingredients. You can make the sauce well in advance and store it in the fridge if you want.
2) For tofu, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lay out a few paper towels on a flat surface and place tofu on paper towels. Cover tofu with paper towels and add some weight to the tofu to press out the liquid. Let the tofu press for at least 20 minutes.
3) Add a drizzle of vegetable oil to a baking dish and add pressed tofu. Top each piece of tofu with a small drizzle of the bibimbap sauce.
4) Bake tofu for 60 minutes, turning once halfway through.
5) Meanwhile, cook rice according to instructions. I like to use a short grain white rice, but any rice will work.
6) When you are about ready to serve, saute grated carrots and peppers with a drizzle of oil in a large skillet. Just cook until the veggies start to soften, but still have a tiny crunch, maybe a minute or two.
7) Add another drizzle of oil to the pan and toss in the sliced shiitake mushrooms and cook over high heat for 3-4 minutes. You can toss in some bird chilis as well if you want to add some additional heat to the dish. Don’t eat the bird chilis though. They will be too hot!
8) Finally, you can wipe out the skillets, add a fresh drizzle of oil, and crack in a few eggs. Cook the eggs for 60 seconds until the whites are just set. Then you can either flip the eggs or cover the skillet and let the eggs steam for 30 seconds. Try not to overcook the yolk though.
Make the bowls by scooping a big spoon of rice into each bowl and stirring in some of the sauce. Top with carrots, peppers, mushrooms, sliced fresh cucumber, sliced tofu, the egg, and extra sauce on the side.