Roasted Vegetable Bibimbap
The vegetarian cookbook author Lukas Volger has a way with Asian condiments and flavors. In this recipe for bibimbap, the egg-topped Korean rice bowl, he roasts squash, shiitakes and broccoli rabe in a sweet and spicy mix of soy, chile paste, sugar and oil. Mr. Volger crisps cooked rice in a skillet to get the characteristic crunch of bibimbap; you can prepare the rice up to three days ahead, but be sure to crisp it just before serving. If you want to skip that step, use freshly cooked rice instead.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1small or 1/2 large butternut squash
- Neutral oil, such as canola or grapeseed oil
- 2tablespoons soy sauce
- 1tablespoon brown sugar
- 2teaspoons gochujang (Korean fermented chile paste) or sambal oelek, more for serving
- 8ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps cut in half if large
- 1generous bunch broccoli rabe, thick bottom stems trimmed and discarded
- 1teaspoon toasted sesame oil (optional)
- 5cups cooked white or brown rice, or mixed grains
- 1cup sprouts or shoots, such as broccoli sprouts, mung bean sprouts or sunflower shoots, for garnish
- ½cup quick cucumber pickles, for garnish (optional; see recipe)
- Lime wedges, for garnish
Step 1Heat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the squash and cut it crosswise, separating the long neck from the bulbous bottom part. Slice the neck into 1/2-inch-thick dominoes; scoop out seeds from the bottom and slice the squash 1/2 inch thick.
Step 2Whisk together 2 tablespoons neutral oil, the soy sauce, brown sugar and gochujang or sambal oelek.
Step 3Place squash and mushrooms on one baking sheet, but do not mix them together. Place broccoli rabe on another baking sheet. Divide sauce between the two pans and use your hands to toss the vegetables so they’re evenly coated.
Step 4Transfer both pans to the oven. Cook broccoli rabe for 5 to 8 minutes, until collapsed and the thicker parts of the stems are tender. Cook mushrooms for 15 to 20 minutes, until juicy and slightly shrunken, and remove from baking sheet. Return squash to oven and cook 5 to 15 minutes longer, until caramelized and tender. Cover the vegetables with foil until ready to serve.
Step 5If you'd like, make crispy-base bibimbap rice: Just before serving, heat 1 tablespoon neutral oil and the sesame oil in a wide skillet over medium heat. Press rice into the skillet, making a thick cake. Let cook without disturbing for 4 to 5 minutes, until a golden brown crust forms on the bottom of the rice. (If you skip this step, use freshly cooked rice instead.)
Step 6While the crispy rice is cooking, fry the eggs: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough neutral oil to liberally coat pan. Crack in 2 eggs and sprinkle with salt. Tilt the pan so some of the oil runs over the edges of the egg whites, lower heat to medium-low and cook 1 minute. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon water (or soy sauce), cover and cook another minute, until whites are set. Carefully remove to a plate. Repeat with remaining eggs.
Step 7To serve, use a spatula to scoop out rice and divide it among 4 bowls, ensuring that everyone gets some of the crispy part. Top with vegetables, including any marinade left on the baking sheets, and place 1 fried egg on top of vegetables in each bowl. Garnish with sprouts or shoots, pickles (if using) and lime. Serve immediately, passing gochujang or sambal oelek at the table.