I've been spending an insane amount of money on cheese and egg bibimpap from this restaurant near the school, and as a result my wallet has thinned out a bit.
Also, my waistline has expanded. Koreans usually eat in groups and food is a shared experience. So one bowl of bibimpap is meant for two or three people! And since I hate wasting food, I've been eating all of it.
Today I had an awesome idea: Why not try to make my own? I could control the amount and substitute brown rice, which I've always preferred to the glutinous white they serve here anyway.
Unfortunately, it wasn't as easy as I expected:
You can't tell by this picture, but I undercooked the rice. It was as tough as gravel. But I was very reluctant to toss it, so I picked out the egg and vegetables.
My roommate M came home later that night, to an apartment smelling strongly of pepper paste.
After I proudly displayed my creation ("Couldn't you just eat it all up?" "Er . . . pass?") she pulled me aside and taught me how to cook a proper pot of rice.
The end result:
It doesn't look like much, but I am so psyched. Rice with sugar and raisins for breakfast, gimpap (Korean sushi) for lunch, rice cakes for dessert . . . I could go on and on and on.
Now all I need is a rice dispenser (it's like a water cooler filled with rice, for you non-Asian folk out there) and I'll be an unstoppable force. Where's my Food Network contract?