Friday, March 5, 2010

You Are What You Eat

A while ago Sophia at Burp and Slurp announced the You Are What You Cook Challenge. The challenge is to cook a dish that defines who you are. When I first read about the challenge, a simple, pretty much “no cook” meal popped into my head right away. In our house we call the dish Bap Egg on Top. In a way this dish probably defines hubby, growing up in a mainly Korean-speaking family in the U.S., more than me. Bap is the Korean word for rice. So the dish is pretty much seasoned rice with an egg on top. I know, it doesn’t get much easier than that…

While the basic “recipe,” is from hubby’s childhood, I have put my own twists on the dish over the years. It’s my go-to meal any time of the day. It’s what I crave when I come back from a trip and want something that tastes like home. The dish brings back wonderful memories to when hubby and I first met, and it’s actually pretty much the only dish hubby has “cooked” a few times over the years… (Sorry for throwing you under the bus here hubby!).

Ingredients (Flavored Rice)
  • Cooked brown rice
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown rice vinegar
  • Sesame oil
  • Gochujang (Korean spicy red pepper paste)
  • Organic ketchup
  • Sesame seeds


Mix all the ingredients together and make sure they are mixed well. I’m not including measurements as I’m constantly changing the proportions of the ingredients. And I think that’s the beauty of this dish. You can make it taste different every single time you make it. And it has changed and evolved over the years. I can make it as spicy or as mild as I like. And I guess my spiciness varies day to day as well… :-)

Top the rice with two over-easy eggs
 

I like my yolks nice and runny…



So why does this dish represent me? Well, first of all, I love that it represents hubby’s childhood and that his childhood and his memories are living on through this dish in our family. It also has a few Korean ingredients, and Korean food is my favorite cuisine. I love the complexity of the flavors, despite the dish being so simple. Often the simple things in life are the best, and I’d like to think of myself as simple yet complex. Finally, this dish, while being really simple, can easily change and evolve – just like me! :-) Thanks Sophia for a great challenge. It’s been fun!

Question: What dish or ingredient defines you? Are you sweet, sour, bitter, salty, or spicy? Or a combination of some or all of them?
 
Be well,
Andrea

25 comments:

  1. Nice job on the challenge. I'm still trying to figure out what ingredient defines me. But I'm definitely a sweet and salty kind of girl. So I'll have to look for something along those lines.

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  2. I love your explanation of how this defines you :) I have never heard of this dish but I LOVE rice of all kinds, so I am sure I could make a version of this that I like! I'm not into spicy foods, but a little mild spice (like me!) wouldn't be so bad :)

    Hmmm...my favorite foods are always some combination of salty + sweet. I think that is sort of like me, too ;)

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  3. Yum, that sounds delish!

    probably something with simple ingredients but complex flavors.

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  4. Great meal. I'm not sure what ingredient/dish would define me. Definitely something to think about.

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  5. Great creation to use up your favorite flavors! I think I'm more toward salty in term of taste, dense as texture and of course kabocha would definitely be my favorite ingredient. Recent fav flavor mix=tahini + soy sauce!

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  6. That dish looks delicious! I love sweet and spicy foods :)

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  7. mmm That looks really great! I could easily be defined by salt and cheese!

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  8. oh it does look so simple and comforting!

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  9. This sounds great. I love cooking dishes that conjure up great memories.

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  10. oh that is an impossible question for me. I am a mood driven cook so I have no idea...but your BAP looks PERFECT-O.

    oh I love simple rib sticking meals like that!
    thanks for sharing. I am going to try it!
    Happy Friday

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  11. I'm going to have to think about what I cook that defines me! I love your recipe!!

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  12. Great dish for the challenge! I love the eggs on top!

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  13. yum, runny egg over rice..yum!! Now I'm craving bibimbap! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Hmm.. I think I'm a mixture of sweet and spicy (at least those are the foods I gravitate to). : )

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  14. i love all this food that i can't even read the label on...i plan to hit up an asian market this weekend and will be wondering what i am even buying! ha!

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  15. I cook such a wide variety of food, it's hard to say what food would define me. I guess it would be a really great lamb roast (being sheep farmers) and freshly picked herbs and veggies from my market garden in the summer. Possibly roast beets and a celeriac soup? MM...summmer...

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  16. I think dark chocolate defines me, it has a hint of sweetness, but sure packs some bite in a small package. Thanks for sharing this dish. That is so great that you enjoy your hubby's traditional cuisine and that you carry these traditions on in your own home. I didn't have time to participate in Sophia's challenge, but I think you kicked some booty on this.

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  17. I'm so glad you submitted a dish, Andrea! It looks and sounds wonderful! I can't wait to see all the creations on Burp and Slurp! I made the salmon and shrimp tacos, guacamole and chips, and black beans with mango salsa. I'm sure you remember :) It was SUCH a fun challenge -- that Sophia, what she won't think of :)

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  18. What a great question! I however have no idea. Is it weird to say an oatmeal combination that includes peanut butter?

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  19. Korean is also my favorite, aside from Indian. Is there a restaurant your family likes to eat at?

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  20. Amazing recipe!
    Just found your blog... But I´m already loving it ;)
    Have an amazing Sunday, girl!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,
    Gabriela

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  21. I like my yolks runny too! Great job on the challenge Andrea!

    Whew! I'd have to think long and hard about what food defined me ... I think it would be sweet though because I have such a sweet tooth. Maybe warm banana bread w/ butter? (ok, maybe I didn't have to think so long and hard lol)

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  22. Oh wow, this looks amazing. Ironically, we ate at a Korean BBQ over the weekend and had a dish VERY similar to this one! It wasn't brown though, it was white (maybe the vinegar wasn't brown??). It was so delicious. I also had kimchi for the first time! I want to eat it every day now.

    I am sweet, savory, and spicy, for sure! I love all of those tastes...in one..haha. I'm not a fan of sour, unless it's Sour Patch Kids!

    I hope you had a nice weekend Andrea.

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  23. It's so true that you are what you eat. More people need to think that way! Your rice recipe looks fantastic!

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  24. You've so many Korean products! Is your hubby Korean?

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  25. I love your description of how this dish is intrinsically linked to your past. It looks delicious.

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