Korean cuisine is intrinsically healthy, based on a wide array of vegetables and grains, and “bibimbap”, a customizable rice dish, is a great introduction to this rich culinary tradition. Literally translated as “rice mixed with assorted vegetables”, bibimbap is essentially a hot grain bowl. White or brown rice can be used as the base, or even a mix of rice, barley, quinoa, or any other combination of whole grains - Just make sure it’s steaming hot. The options for vegetable toppings are limitless, and we’ve offered simple recipes for a few traditional options, including lightly dressed spinach and bean sprouts and a sweet and tangy daikon radish pickle. While marinated beef, (called “bulgogi”) is a typical addition to the dish, we’ve made a plant-based version with Longève Original Crumbles that delivers an authentic flavor. Gochujang, a fermented Korean chili paste, and kimchi, a spicy pickled vegetable condiment (both pretty easy to find these days), add flavor and a bit of heat to the finished dish. A fried egg adds richness, but is entirely optional. Have fun, mix it up, and enjoy!