Around the World in 80 Plates: South Korea

South Korea shares the Korean Peninsula with North Korea, and is known for its green, hilly countryside dotted with cherry trees and centuries-old Buddhist temples, plus its coastal fishing villages, sub-tropical islands and high-tech cities such as Seoul, the capital.

Its citizens enjoy the world’s fastest internet connection speeds and the most trains and tracks in the world on their high-speed train system. To stay active Koreans practice the martial art taekwondo, or play sports like baseball and basketball. South Korea has won more Gold Olympic medals than any other Asian country!

Today Captain Create is in Seoul trying out an easy, healthy, and pretty meal: Bibimbap!

Bibimbap (bee-beem-bop) translates to “mixed rice with meat and vegetables” and there are endless combinations you can make based on what you like or what you have at home.

Start with brown rice. Cook according to package directions, and while the rice cooks, you can assemble the rest of the dish. When we make it at home, we usually cut carrots, bell peppers, and radishes into thin strips. We saute squash, spinach, and mushrooms if we have fresh, or just open a can if not. we also fry an egg or two to for the top. Meat is optional, and chicken or beef work really with a little bit of soy sauce and ginger or sesame.

There is no wrong way to make bibimbap, and here is a recipe to get you started.

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