When my oldest son was a baby, we received as a gift the book Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park (affiliate link). It’s a fun story book for kids, but also includes a great recipe for a family dinner my crew loves. Which of course, as usual, I have tailored to my own specifications….the kids all love to help make this one and eat it too! “Bee-Bim” means to mix everything together, which you do right before eating!
The kids love to help “squish” the meat, and are much more willing to eat a dinner they build themselves.
Bee-Bim Bop (serves 4-6)
- 2 cups rice (uncooked, we use brown, but you can use whatever you enjoy)
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 5 TB soy sauce
- 2 TB sugar (or honey – or whatever sweetener you like)
- 1 TB avocado oil (or the vegetable oil of your choice)
- 1 TB sesame oil
- 1 tsp roasted sesame seeds
- 1/8 tsp black pepper)
- 1 pound of tender, lean beef (I use sirloin cut into strips)
- 2 green onions, minced
- 4 carrots
- 4 c. fresh baby spinach
- 1 pound bean sprouts (we frequently don’t have these, as they are hard to find! I have substituted other sprouts or sometimes use broccoli slaw)
- Any other veggies you’d like (we sometimes use broccoli slaw instead of the sprouts if we can’t find them)
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper
- avocado or other vegetable oil for frying
- Go Chu Jang (Korean Chili Paste) (optional)
- Cook the rice in a rice cooker or pot.
- While the rice is cooking, mix the garlic and chop the green onions. Mix together in a bowl with the soy sauce, sugar, oils, sesame seeds and pepper. This is the marinade for the meat.
- Slice the beef into very thin slices. Place in a bowl with marinade. (The exact instructions in the book read: “…stick your hands into the bowl, grab handfuls of beef, and squish it all around for 2-3 minutes. This makes it nice and tender.”)
- Break the eggs into a measuring cup and whisk together. Heat a nonstick frying pan. Pour about 1/4 of the egg into the pan and let the egg spread out into a thin layer. Cook for one minute on each side. Repeat until all the egg has been used. Cut the cooled “egg pancakes” into thin strips.
- Peel the carrots and cut into small sticks. Stir-fry over high heat until tender. (You can also buy the carrots that are already chopped into small sticks at the store)
- Stir-fry the spinach until tender, season with salt and pepper.
- Stir-fry any other veggies you are using.
- In a hot pan (I use a stove top wok) stir-fry the beef (in its marinade) until cooked through.
- Put bowls of all the different meal components on the table, so that everyone can serve him or herself.
- Start with rice in a bowl and add the meat and vegetables to the top.
- Add the egg.
- Adults or adventurous children who like some spice might enjoy adding some Go Chu Gang (Korean chile paste – affiliate link) as well.
- Mix it all together (“bee-bim” means “mix”) and enjoy.