I’m late to the party (as usual) with this Bibimbap bowl—I know they were all the rage a few years ago. Fast forward some and they still are.
It’s not hard to see why. They are easy to make and full of good stuff and good for you things. There’s really no hard and fast rules for bibimbap, so just pick the protein you prefer, ie. beef, chicken, stir-fry tofu. Then load it up on your veggies—go for different textures for and contrasting flavors. Lastly the grains—anything will work, white rice, brown rice (I used purple rice), quinoa or any other grain is great too.
Remember my post awhile back from here? The one in which I told you I didn’t have too much wine pairing experience? Well friends, I paired this meal with one of my favorite wines from ALDI, Trece Ranchos.
Pssst . . . insider tip. ALDI wines list aromas and flavors of their wine on the label for easy pairing. So look for that and plan or pair your dinner accordingly—this is one of the many reasons why I love ALDI.
But beyond that, let’s talk about a few other reasons why after attending my local ALDI grand opening, it’s my new fav store. ALDI is the new budget grocery phenomenon to Southern California. My first visit I knocked 50% off the cost of my usual grocery list. Which of course led me to buying extra things like more wine, chocolates and flowers.
But enough about me, let’s talk ALDI:
- Bring a quarter. Huh? Yes, bring one. They have a cart-return system. You “rent” your shopping cart. Simply slide a quarter into the cart and do your shopping. When you’re done and you return the cart and the lock connects, your quarter is returned. The savings of having lost carts or cart runs from employees is directly passed on the you.
- Don’t forget your bags. You can purchase some at the store, but save yourself a few cents and save the environment from more waste and bring your own.
- Sack it. You’ll bag your own groceries. Again the saving of having extra employees helps keep the price down. Amazingly, each ALDI store has on average 9 employees.
- Employees. There aren’t many and there’s no need for it. Everything is on the floor on pallets to allow for quick restocking. The stores are also smaller than traditional national chains.
- There’s an app. Download it here to see their latest ads and make your shopping list.
- ALDI offers a double back quality guarantee. If you don’t like an item, you can bring it back, get it replaced, AND get your money back!
- Gimme all the flowers. I’m so fortunate my ALDI has a flower section. I snapped a few bunches.
- Calling all chocolate lovers. There’s a sizable specialty chocolate section. If you like rich velvety European chocolate make room in your cart.
- Organics and Gluten Free. ALDI exclusive brands SimplyNature line is free of more than 125 artifiical ingredients and includes many USDA certified organic items. You’ll find many of their items are much lower cost than most health food stores. They also have an extensive gluten-free selection. Look for their liveGfree line.
- Produce. Much of it is locally sourced and they also have a great organic selection of produce as well.
Now that I’ve given you the rundown, download the app and find your nearest ALDI!
Yield: Serves 4
- 1/2 cup grated Asian Pear
- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon red pepper chili paste
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 talespoon sesame oil
- 1 lb. ribeye, thinly sliced
- carrots, micro argula, cucumber, red cabbage, romaine lettuce, radishes, crispy onions
- 4 poached eggs
To make bulgogi: In a large bowl, mix and combine pear, garlic, soy sauce, red pepper chili paste, ginger, sugar, and sesame oil. Add ribeye to marinade. Cover and rest meat for 30 minutes.
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon canola oil until oil is sizzling. Remove half of meat from marinade, letting excess drip back into bag; season lightly with salt and cook in a single layer without moving until lightly browned, about 1 minute. Toss meat and continue to cook, tossing occasionally, until cooked through and crisp at edges, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil, remaining meat, and more salt.
Assembly: Evenly divide rice into 4 bowls. Layer with bulgogi, Bibimbap add-ins and poached eggs.