Soybean sprout rice, called kongnamul bap (콩나물밥) in Korean, is a delicious and unique one dish meal. When you make the rice, you cook some marinated meat and bean sprouts together, and then eat it with a special sauce. For this recipe, I used my rice cooker; however, you can also cook the rice on the stove. My husband tried this Korean dish for the first time today and gave an A rating. 🙂 I hope that you try this easy and tasty meal someday for your family.
Yield: 6 Servings
Short Korean Lesson
- Bang (방) = Room
- Bam (밤) = Night
- 1 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Green Onion
- ½ Tbsp Cooking Wine (Optional)
- ½ Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 tsp Sesame Oil
- 2 Pinches Black Pepper
- 4 Tbsp Soy Sauce
- 2 Tbsp Green Onion
- 1 Tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder
- ½ Tbsp Sugar
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Seeds
Obtain about 6 cups of soybean sprouts (16oz). Wash them twice and remove any bad parts.
Combine 1 cup of ground beef with all of the ingredients for the beef: 1 Tbsp of soy sauce, 1 Tbsp of finely chopped green onion, ½ Tbsp of cooking wine (optional), ½ Tbsp of minced garlic, 1 tsp of sesame oil, and 2 pinches of black pepper.
Obtain one (3×2 inch) piece of kelp and rinse it with water once. The kelp helps the rice become more sticky and shiny. In addition, kelp is good for extra good flavor and nutrition for the food.
Wash 2 cups of short grain rice at least twice in cold water. You can soak the rice in water for about 10 minutes to get better texture.
Drain the rice and put the kelp on top of the rice. Pour some water on it. Add a slightly smaller amount of water to the rice than you normally would. That is because the bean sprouts will add some liquid as they cook.
Place the marinated beef on top of the rice and kelp. Spread the beef evenly so it will cook better.
Add the soybean sprouts on top of everything and cook it with the “white rice” setting. It will take about 45 minutes to an hour depending on your rice cooker.
Meanwhile, make the sauce for the rice. Mix together 4 Tbsp of soy sauce, 2 Tbsp of finely chopped green onion, 1 Tbsp of minced garlic, 1 Tbsp of hot pepper powder, ½ Tbsp of sugar, ½ Tbsp of sesame oil, and ½ Tbsp of sesame seeds.
Once the rice is done cooking, remove the kelp from the rice cooker and throw it away.
Move the cooked rice and bean sprouts to a bigger bowl to mix. Stir everything gently. If there are any large chunks of beef, break them into the smaller pieces.
When you serve the rice, place some of the mixture in a bowl and add some sauce on top of it. Mix the rice with the sauce before eating. You will not need other side dishes, but it will taste great with kimchi. Enjoy. 🙂