A Tastier-than-Takeout Asian Flavor Invasion

My parents live in Orlando, about 15 minutes away from Disney World (tough break, huh?), and I recently visited them over Memorial Day weekend. No, for real…seeing my parentsĀ was the main motivator. Not my fault the Happiest Place on Earth shares their same zipcode!

Anyway, during that visit, we made reservations at Morimoto Asiaā€”a new Eastern fusion restaurant in Downtown Disney (I’m a nonconformist Disnerd who refuses to call itĀ “Disney Springs,” by the way). I ordered their signature menu itemĀ Korean Boribap, a traditional half-rice/half-barleyĀ dish mixed with kimchi, bean sprouts, sushi grade fish and egg yolk.

And now…I want boribap for like every single meal. Damn you, Morimoto. Chinese takeout has lost its appeal for all eternity. So,Ā what’s a girl to do when these random boribapĀ cravings hit? Create my own riff on the original. Duh.

In this version, I swapped out the kimchi for kale, made it vegetarian by opting for mushrooms instead of meat, then tossed in radishes for some color and texture. Also, for the sake of convenience (read: laziness), I just used rice. Let’s call the finished productĀ Boribap 2.0ā€”a healthy weeknight “quick fix” when you’re feeling Asian but can’t bearĀ the sight ofĀ anotherĀ to-go carton loaded with MSG. Yep,Ā this recipe’s a game changer!

meatless marvels korean boribap

Ingredients:

2 cups Baby Kale

2 Eggs (cage-free)

1 cup JasmineĀ Rice

1/2 cup Mushrooms (sliced)

1/2 cup Radishes (sliced)

2 tbsp. Sesame Oil

2 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar

1 tbsp. Soy Sauce (low sodium)

1 clove Garlic (minced)

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat a stockpot on the highest stovetop setting, pour in 1 1 /2 cups WaterĀ and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Add theĀ Jasmine Rice, reduce the heat to low, cover the stockpot with a tight-fitting lid and allow the rice to simmer, stirring occasionally, until all the water is absorbed.
  3. Pre-heat a skillet on the medium stovetop setting, coatĀ the bottom with 1 tbsp. Sesame OilĀ and stir in the Kale, Mushrooms and Radishes, then sautĆ© the vegetables until they soften.
  4. Pre-heat another skillet on the medium stovetop setting, coat the bottom with cooking spray, crack theĀ Eggs directlyĀ into the skillet and allow them to pan-fry until the yolk sets.
  5. Whisk together the Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Garlic and remaining tbsp. of Sesame Oil in a small mixing bowl.
  6. Pour this mixture on the rice, stir thoroughly to combine and portion out the rice into 2 serving bowls.
  7. DistributeĀ the vegetables evenly over the rice, then top each bowl with a fried egg for some hearty protein.
Korean Boribap

that yolk though…mildly foodgasmic.