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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Bee-Bim Bop!

One of our favorite books around here is Bee-Bim Bop!, by Linda Sue Park.  It's a great rhyming picture book about a little girl helping her mom make dinner--and she's "hungry in a hurry for some bee-bim bop!" 

Bee-Bim Bop!

There's a recipe for bee-bim bop (or bi bim bab, or whatever transliteration you prefer from the Korean).  This has been one of Mike's favorite Korean dishes for a while, so he decided he wanted to try it at home. 

Look at this amazing spread.  I'm sorry I didn't get a picture before we each put our plate together--rice, carrots, spinach, sprouts, marinated meat, fried eggs.  Put them all in your bowl, and "mix it, mix like crazy, time for bee-bim bop!"

It was amazingly delicious.

And then, a couple of weeks later, we went to a Korean restaurant near our house and I ordered bi bim bap.  It was nowhere near as good as Mike's--surprisingly bland, without the variety of flavor and texture that made the picture book recipe so good.

But Adam really liked it, which leads to our second set of pictures:

Adam eating with chopsticks.  Tell me this kid isn't precocious, at least in the realm of Asian food.

Dinner's on the table, and it's bee-bim bop!


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