When our ESL students come to Canada, it’s not unlikely for them to go through the stages of homesickness and culture shock. One of the ways to help them through this is for us to offer them a little bit of home far away from home. The student we have now hasn’t gone through culture shock or homesickness yet, but I wanted her to be aware of the possibility of experiencing it.
When we have Japanese or Mexican students, it’s fun to cook food from those countries. I decided to give my student something a little Korean by cooking my version of Bibimbap. She calls it Canadian Bibimbap.
Bibimbap is a rice dish with lots of vegetables and some meat (if you wish) and some spicy red pepper paste. Yum!
You will need:
-a carrot (or two), shredded (but not finely shredded)
-an onion, chopped
-a Tbsp of garlic, minced
-2 Tbsp sesame oil
-steamed rice (amount depends on how much you want and how many people you are serving)
-sliced beef (or whatever you want. I’ve used tofu cubes before when I didn’t want meat in my dish)
-1 fried egg per person
-Gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
Shred carrots, julienne cucumber, chop onion, mince garlic. In a wok, with a bit of cooking oil, sautee onion and garlic. Cook meat. In a separate pan, fry eggs. My student likes her eggs a little runny, so I don’t cook the egg all the way through.
In a bowl, put a cup of steamed rice. Around the side of the bowl, arrange cucumber and carrots. Add meat over top of the rice. Place fried egg on top. You can add the sesame oil to the meat while cooking, but my student likes the sesame oil mixed with the rice. Each person can put their own Gochujang, since the amount of spice depends on each person. I love spicy food, so I am pretty liberal with the amount of pepper paste I use. Surprisingly, Hubby likes his dishes spicier than I do!! Finally, mix it all up and enjoy!
Oh! Notice anything a little unusual about this last photo? One of Hubby’s cattle beasts decided to help herself to some apples…in our front yard!! Naughty girl! Imagine my surprise when I looked out the window to see that this lone cow was standing right beside my vehicle on our laneway!! She had separated from the rest of the cattle…who were in a field, where they were supposed to be! Hubby was at a meeting when all this was happening. What fun!