Remembering Summer Savory Adventures in the Dead of Winter



drop cap We have barely gotten through January, but the thought of summer and the fun adventures of summer have been on my mind lately. Specifically I have been recalling my spontaneous and sports-related adventurous trip to South Korea last summer.

I still vividly recall the fun adventures of that trip, from being a media rep for the track team to the amazing opening ceremonies of the games to meeting so many people from different countries.

It would not have been a true Korean experience if I didn’t submerse myself in the culture by trying the food! The Bibimap bowls and bbq were amongst my favorite. I would be lying if I said I have not been craving it since coming back last summer.

When I lived in Los Angeles, it would have been easy to cure the craving, K-Town was just minutes from where I lived and offered a plethora of authentic restaurants and stores, easily satisfying any gastronomical craving to relive the trip. Now, however, living in Colorado, my options are a little more limited, and while  there are some places here I could get authentic Korean cuisine, a few weeks ago I decided to tackle it myself.

Being that it is still quite cold outside, I opted away from BBQ and decided to make a Bibimap bowl. What is a Bibimap bowl exactly? Basically it’s a rice bowl with veggies, meat and then a fried egg on top. Protein packed and so tasty!

While I was unable to find “Kim Chee,” I feel I was able to create a successful dish using the following recipe.


3 small round steaks, minced
carrot matchsticks
2 zuchinnis, sliced
bean sprouts
2 eggs
1 cup white rice, cooked
fresh ginger, grated
sesame oil
soy sauce
salt & pepper to taste

1).Cook rice according to package instructions
2). Sautee all veggies in 1 tsp. of sesame oil. Set aside
3). Cook steak until done, seasoning with fresh ginger, salt and pepper. Remove from pan. Using a tiny bit of olive oil, cook the egg in the same pan. Cook on high for a few seconds then remove from heat and continue to cook until the egg yolk appears runny and mostly cooked.


Place ¼ cup rice in a bowl, add meat and veggies, place egg in the center.


This is an easy and quick dish to make that is packed with flavor and makes for a fun cultural night at the dinner table.

Hope you get a chance to try one of my new favorite Korean dishes.