5 typical cases when Korean eat Bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of the Korean traditional food and still lots of Korean enjoy eating it.

The Bibimbap has been a representative Korean dish for a long time and many people eat the Bibimbap often. Today I will introduce about the Korean habit when people usually eat Bibimbap.

1. When there are nothing special to eat in a home.

->In above picture, the ingredient in the bibimbap is the remain side dishes in home.

One of the characteristics of the Korean food is that always there are side dishes which is called Banchan(반찬). Kimchi is one of the main side dishes and almost every Korean dish the Kimchi is in it. Usually, Korean make plenty of side dishes which can eat for 3-10 days that when you visit the typical Korean house even they didn’t cook on that day, there are side dishes in the refrigerator.

So if there is nothing special thing to eat in a home, usually people but diverse kinds of the side dishes which are in the refrigerator and put together in the bowl with the rice. This is also what I usually do. In my home normally seasoned beans, stir-fried anchovies(멸치볶음) and Kimchi are in the refrigerator that I mixed it with some veggies, egg, and rice. It is really easy to make the Bibimbap as the ingredients are prepared as the side dishes in a refrigerator in a home that much Korean easily and frequently make the Bibimbap at home. The taste and the ingredients of the Bibimbap are changed depends on each home’s remain side dishes.

2. When failed in diet

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Smile you’ drama from SBS broadcast.

If you watch the Korea drama, you could see the women were doing a diet but suddenly at night they got hungry that bring the stuff to eat in the refrigerator and mix in a big bowl. “Eating the big amount of the bibimbap at night in a home” is the typical symbol of the scene that means the person failed in a diet which you can easily see in Korea drama.

The below picture is the Google search picture when I just typed “Bibimbab Drama(=비빔밥 드라마)” in Korean.

You could see in a quite lot of pictures, the women are eating the bibimbap in a big bowl.

3. Korean women who are the stress eater

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Marry Me, Mary!’ drama from KBS broadcast.

This also appears in Korea drama a lot. when the women got a lot of stress because of heartbreak, in a relationship or got angry…etc, many of them make the bibimbap in the home and eat.
I assume the main reasons why they eat bibimbap when got stress is first it is easy to make. When the person got stressed normally they don’t want to cook food and want to find the easy way to eat. Second, during mixing the rice with other ingredients, the people could take out stress. Korean express this action as mixing everything like a fight, hate, sad thing with mixing the bibimbap and this help for making feel better.

4. Eating together with a large family

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Goddess of Marriage’ drama from SBS broadcast.

Now days there are only few people who eat together the bibimbap in one bowl as the above picture, but until 70s or 80s eating the bibimbap with whole family was quite common. This is also scean could easily see in Korea dreama.

The below pictures are from Korea drama ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon’ from JTVC broadcast.

Even the Bibimbap sceans were appeared twice in drama.

5. After the ancestor worship ceremonies

->The above picture is the prepared food for ancenstral rites table.

In Korea still, many families do the ancestor worship ceremonies in a special day such as the ancestor birthday or in special Korea holiday ‘Seollal(설날)’ and in ‘Chuseok(추석)’.

One of the characteristics of the ancestor worship ceremonies in Korea is in making so many foods! As you can check in below picture, the foods are cooked for the ancestor and are placed on the table. After the ceremonies are all finished, the family needs to eat all the food which they made for the ceremonies. Usually, the most remain food is the diverse kinds of seasoned vegetables and the best way to eat those foods are the bibimbap as we can just put the remain ceremonies food and mix it. That’s why much Korean eat bibimbap a lot after the ancestor worship ceremonies.

There is no limit for the Bibimbap ingredient that Bibimbap’ingredients can be changed depends on the area and the weather. Normally the foods in season and the local foods are usually used for the Bibimbap ingredients and the Korea bibimbap is different from the region.

There is no rule or limit in making the Bibimbap. You could make your own bibimbap with the ingredient you like or the leftover food.

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My Korean food making experience-Part 2

Today I learned making Bibimbap(rice mixed with meat, vegetables/비빔밥 in Korean) and Gujeolpan(Dish of nine dishes/ 구절판 in Korean) which are the traditional Korean food. However there was many vegies and other ingredients to cut and peeling, it took a lot of patience for me to finish the dishes.

In the Bibimbap there are 7 ingredients which should be included; bracken, balloon flower roots, cooked separate yolk and white of an egg, peel of the cucumber, meat and the clear froth jelly(called Cheongpomuk/청포묵 in Korean).

However, the ingredients in Bibimbap or in Gujeolpan are not limited to the particular ones that you can select which one you prefer. In Korea if some side dishes are remain in home, sometimes we put those ingredients on the rice and mix and eat. Especially after the Korea family ceremony(called Jesa in Korean) for the ancestor, commonly people eat the Bibimbap to treat the leftover ceremony foods. Many kinds of the food should be cooked to do the ceremony as you can see in below, and these ingredients are sufficient to make the Bibimbap.:)

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Bibimbap and the Gujeolpan what I made are in below.


The way of eating the  Gujeolpan is first put the ingredients what you want to eat on the grilled wheat cake and roll it.

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Gujeolpan is similar with Vietnamese summer rolls. However, there are big two differences from Gujeolpan and the Vietnamese summer rolls. First, Gujeolpan uses the grilled wheat cake for wrapping, but the Summer rolls use the rice paper wrapper. Second, Gujeolpan the ingredients in Gujeolpan should be all fried on the pan such as carrot, cucumber, meat. Meanwhile, the ingredients in the summer rolls are not fried.

For me, the big difficulty was in making the wheat cake for cooking the Gujeolpan. At the first time, I made the hole in the wheat cake, or ripped during flipping it.

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Making the Bibimbap and Gujeolpan could be little stressful for cutting lots of ingredients, but these have many vegetable that it will be good for health.

If you want to read the Korean food making experience-Season 1 click here.

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