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Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means
"mixed cooked rice" or "mixed meal.”
It is also sometimes spelled "Bibimbab" or "bibimbop.”
It is served with properly cooked rice in a hot or cold
bowl, topping various vegetables, meats and egg in colorful
fashion. As Bibimbap contains a variety of ingredients,
it is very healthy and nutritious Korean food.
There are many origins for Bibimbap. First, it was originated
from the customs for partaking of sacrificial foods after
sacrificial rites. Second, it was originated from way of
serving interim meal for workers in the field as it was
difficult to prepare meal with many dishes for many people.
Therefore they used one big vessel and mixed various foods
in it. Third, at lunch time in the palace, a brief meal
using only one vessel was served to a member of royal family
when they visited palace.
Donghak troop mixed various foods in one vessel in the
field for convenience sake. And lastly on the last day of
a year, people tried to finish all the left over foods by
mixing the foods together and shared the food amongst family
members. As such there are many interesting stories and
origins related to the Bibimbap. Jeonju Bibimbap is the
most famous one and it is said that it is because of bean
sprouts which is used as one of the ingredients for Bibimbap
as Jeonju area is famous for the taste of bean sprouts.
Bibimbap can have a variety by changing the ingredients
and vegetables depending on season. One point of consideration
is to try to keep good combination and harmony of nutrition
Bibimbap is a unique representative Korean food which is
hard to find anywhere in the world. Whenever our ancestors
felt no appetite, they put various dishes into rice together
with one spoon of red pepper paste and mixed it, from which
we can see the wisdom of our ancestors. Nowadays various
types of new bibimbaps such as stone pot Bibimbap, cereals
Bibimbap and nutrition Bibimbap are introduced with new
taste and unique type in addition to the traditional Bibimbaps
of Jeonju Bibimbap or Jinju Bibimbap.