Monday, July 12, 2010

What to do with the rest of my scallions?


While scrounging through recipes on FatFreeVegan the other day I found this recipe for Bimbimbab (as well as the Tortilla Soup business). Bimbimbab is a Korean dish that basically consists of a mound of rice with 4 to 5 separate toppings. Usually this would include beef and a fried egg but since I'm on a no-cow diet ;) I used tofu instead. Ahh yes, tofu. The magical fruit. Besides the meaty meat meat this dish is served with a spicy sauce called Kochu Chang (which can usually be found at most Asian specialty markets). But since I'm lazy, I decided to make my own instead.

1 cup rice
Cook normally and mound in 2 bowls. I used a wet spoon to help with the mounding.

Sesame Seeds
1/4 c sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 325˚ sprinkle seeds in a oven-safe dish and heat until you start to smell the sesame seeds. That means they're done! Check on them and shake pan if you are concerned about over-cooking.

Baked (or Fried) Tofu
Cubed and heated to desired level.

Ginger Bok Choy
2-3 bok choy (thoroughly rinsed and cut to mouth-size pieces)
1 tbsp fresh ginger (grated or chopped)
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1 tbsp Braggs Liquid Amino Acids
1 tsp unrefined sugar
1 tbsp Sake or Rice Wine
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Gently sauté ginger in a pan with a bit of oil. Once lightly cooked, add bok choy and sake and cover. Cook for 6 minutes then add the sesame oil, Braggs and sugar. Stir together. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Scallions & Carrots
4 scallions chopped
2 carrots chopped (or 8-9 baby carrots ;)
olive oil
Braggs (haters can use soy sauce)
Sauté carrots and scallions in pan until lightly browned. Top with braggs. Delish.

Now for the grand finale!

Faux Kochu Chang
4-5 tbsp red miso paste
1 1/2 tbsp paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp and 2 tsp unrefined sugar
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp toasted sesame seeds
Mix this biz together. Can be stored in a container (in the fridge) for about a week.

Place veggies and tofu over rice. Top with a dollop of Kochu Chang and a generous sprinkling of sesame seeds and enjoy!

Love you, mean it


P.S. recipe altered from FatFreeVegan. All pics by celebrationanniversarygym © 2010.