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Korean Stir Fried Potatoes

Korean Stir Fried Potatoes

In my recent travels through Seoul, I rekindled my love with all the little side dishes, known as banchan, that accompany a meal. These sides often end up stealing the show from the main dish. Kimchi, spicy beansprouts, steamed eggplant, cucumber salad…the variety is dizzying. read more

Rosé Rabokki

Rosé Rabokki

If you’re a fan of Korean cuisine like I am, you’re probably familiar with tteokbokki, the hugely popular street food featuring chewy rice cakes in a spicy, savory sauce. But have you ever tried rosé tteokbokki? This delightful twist combines the classic flavors of tteokbokki read more

Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

If you’re looking for a quick and delicious way to enjoy broccoli, this simple broccoli salad might just become your new favorite. Inspired by my recent trip to Seoul and reminiscent of banchan, the dizzying array of small side dishes that accompany a Korean BBQ meal, this salad is both versatile and packed with flavor. With just a few ingredients you can create a dish that’s equally satisfying whether served warm, cold, or at room temperature.

I talked recently about how while I might not meal prep in the traditional sense I do enjoy having prepped ingredients in my fridge ready to go, and this tasty Broccoli Salad is perfect to incorporate in all kinds of dishes. Make a double batch and enjoy it warm, and use the leftovers to add to a Tofu Bowl or Vegetarian Bibimbap. Or you could make a batch to serve with my Barbecued Short Ribs. However you enjoy this Broccoli Salad you will appreciate how easy it is to prepare and how wholesome and nourishing it is, so let’s get into it.

ingredients broccoli salad

I really don’t like to waste food, so this recipe uses all of the broccoli. Don’t worry, the stalks get peeled so once they are blanched they are perfectly tender. Make sure to keep the stalks and the florets separate though as they have different cooking times.

florets broccoli salad

Then cut the florets into bite sized pieces:

bite size broccoli

peel broccoli salad

Cut the stalks into similarly sized bites. Remember to keep them separate from the florets:

Often when people say they “don’t like broccoli” what they really mean is they haven’t had it properly prepared. I don’t like overcooked, mushy broccoli either. Briefly blanching the broccoli is the way to go. Blanching broccoli gives it a vibrant and appealing color, leaves it a crisp-tender texture that is miles away from mush, and even lets it retain more nutrients. As a bonus, the broccoli is cooked in just 3 minutes; making this perfect for these warmer days when we don’t want to heat up our kitchens any more than necessary.

boiling water for broccoli salad

blanching stalks and florets

Then it’s time to drain the broccoli. I like to run it under water to cool it down a little so it’s isn’t piping hot when I toss together the seasoning. *Pro tip: use the pot as your mixing bowl and save yourself an additional bowl to wash.

colander broccoli

Now it’s time to season the broccoli. I keep the seasoning light so the flavor of the broccoli really shines through; this also makes it ideal if you’re going to add it to another dish. A little toasted sesame oil, some minced garlic, and a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, and optionally either a pinch of dashi powder or msg. Yes, that msg.

For too long, it had the worst reputation in the states, but it is a naturally occurring substance found in foods like tomatoes, cheese, and mushrooms. Msg adds a savory and rich flavor that makes simple food more satisfying. Just a small amount makes seemingly plain veggies taste so much more interesting. If you’re trying to incorporate more vegetables into your diet or have a hard time enjoying vegetables, a dash of MSG might be a way to do it. But again, optional of course ;)

msg and sesame oil

Gently mix (I usually use my hands now that the broccoli isn’t scorchingly hot) and pile it onto a serving dish. You now have a delicious and healthy Broccoli Salad that is wonderful served alongside Shio Koji Salmon or my Tamagoyaki Frittata.

I can’t wait to hear if you devour it warm, or chill it to use later in the week-let me know in the comments. And if your Broccoli Salad looks as gorgeous as mine, show it off by tagging us @funkyasiankitchen!



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Broccoli Salad

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4


  • 1 bunch broccoli 
  • 1 Tablespoon salt (for blanching)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Couple dashes ground black or white pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon dashi powder or msg (optional)


  1. Cut as close to the head as possible to cut off the florets.
  2. Cut the florets into bite sized pieces.
  3. Peel the stalks and then cut the stalks into similar sized pieces.
  4. Set the broccoli aside, keeping the stems and florets separate.
  5. Bring 8 cups of water to a boil over high heat.
  6. Add the salt and the broccoli stems.
  7. Boil for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the broccoli florets and cook for another minute.
  9. Drain the broccoli into a colander and give it a quick rinse so it’s not piping hot. 
  10. Let the water drain off and then put the broccoli into a mixing bowl (You can also re-use the pot instead and save yourself some washing).
  11. Add the garlic, sesame seeds, ground pepper, sesame oil, and dashi powder. Gently mix with your hands to combine. Taste and add a little more salt if needed.
  12. Pile the broccoli salad onto a serving dish and serve immediately or chill to use later. This dish is good warm, room temperature, or cold.


*This simple dish is a perfect veggie side, snack, or add-in/topping for other dishes. Store any leftovers in the fridge. It tastes equally good eaten cold or reheated gently in the microwave for a couple minutes.

Keywords: broccoli, salads, meal prep, korean banchan, sesame, msg

Corn Cheese

Corn Cheese

You don’t see a lot of cheese in most Asian cuisines. But boy does that change in South Korea! Dating back to the war when American army bases would hand out some of their rations like Spam, canned corn, corn meal, and sliced cheese, Koreans read more

Beef Japchae

Beef Japchae

I don’t like to abuse the phrase “game changer”, but sometimes its use is warranted. And this Beef Japchae recipe is one of those times. Japchae is as ubiquitous in Korea as mac and cheese is in the states but it’s more versatile. Although it’s read more

Vegetarian Bibimbap

Vegetarian Bibimbap

Looking for delicious ways to incorporate more veggies into your meals? Make this Vegetarian Bibimbap! At its most basic, bibimbap means “mixed rice”. But there’s nothing basic about this beloved Korean dish of warm rice topped with seasonal vegetables, a tongue tingling gochujang sauce, and a fried egg. This is a nourishing meal in a bowl, and while the ingredient list and steps may look long, don’t worry; the toppings can be prepared in the time it takes the rice to cook. Vegetarian Bibimbap is one of my favorite ways to serve a meatless meal as there’s so many textures and flavors happening and each bowl looks almost too pretty to eat. Trust me when I say that no one served this bowl bursting with colorful piles of seasoned veggies and a gorgeous perfectly fried egg is going to miss the meat, so let’s get into it!

Vegetarian Bibimbap Prep

I start making this bibimbap by prepping all the veggies while the rice cooks, starting with the bean sprouts. I quickly blanch them, saving the hot water to also blanch the spinach. Use a spider or slotted spoon to scoop out the bean sprouts and then continue on with the spinach. Rinse the bean sprouts briefly to cool them down.

blanche sprouts bibimbap

oil sprouts

drain and rinse spinach

When the bean sprouts and spinach are done, I set them aside and chop the rest of the vegetables for our Vegetarian Bibimbap.

veggies for vegetarian bibimbap

carrot matchsticks bibimbap

sliced zucchini

peppers bibimbap

mushrooms bibimbap

Cooking Vegetarian Bibimbap

Now that all the veggies are prepped and ready to go, it’s time to start cooking. All of the vegetables get cooked separately so that each flavor remains distinct. The carrots will taste like carrots, the zucchini will taste like zucchini, etc. Plus you want that beautiful rainbow in your bowl.

Each vegetable only gets cooked briefly though so the process goes quickly. We are looking for a crisp-tender texture here, not overcooked and mushy. Each element gets separately seasoned as well, so that every bite of the bibimbap explodes with flavor. It’s not necessary to wash out your pan between veggies. Just wipe it out with a paper towel and you’re good to go.

shrooms bibimbap


As each item cooks I put them in bowls and set aside for when it’s time to construct the bibimbap bowls.

Now that all the vegetables are seasoned and cooked it’s time to fry the eggs. Check out Perfect Fried Eggs for a quick primer on getting them right! Once they are done it’s time to assemble the Vegetarian Bibimbap bowls. Divide the rice between 4 bowls, and top with the vegetables, some kimchi, the egg, and a nice sized dollop of gochujang  I like to sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on top too. If you have picky eaters, let them assemble their own bowls, taking more of the veggies they like and less of the ones they don’t.

See what I mean when I say that no one is going to be looking for meat when presented with these beautiful bowls overflowing with goodies? Make these Vegetarian Bibimbap this weekend and see for yourself! Remember to comment and let me know what you think, and don’t forget to tag us in your pics @funkyasiankitchen, we love hearing from you!

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Vegetarian Bibimbap

  • Author: Funky Asian Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: bowls, entrees
  • Cuisine: Korean


  • 4 tablespoons neutral oil divided
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil divided
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced (about 5 cloves)
  • 12 ounces mushrooms (you can use button, shiitake, cremini, oyster, or a mix)
  • 6 ounces bean sprouts
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 large red pepper
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 8 ounces baby spinach
  • 8 ounces kimchi (any kind)
  • 4 fried eggs
  • 5 cups cooked rice
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds divided
  • 4 tablespoons gochujang


Prep Your Vegetables:

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Put the bean sprouts in the pot and stir. Cook the bean sprouts for 1 minute. Take the beansprouts out with a strainer and then bring the pot of water back to a boil. 
  2. Rinse the bean sprouts quickly under running water to cool them down. Set them aside to finish draining.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper in a bowl. Add the bean sprouts, mix well, and set aside.
  4. When the water returns to a boil, add the spinach, stir it into the water. As soon as it wilts, take the pot off the heat and drain the spinach in a colander.
  5. Rinse quickly under running water to cool enough to handle. Squeeze out the water and then roughly chop the spinach and put it in a bowl.
  6. Add 2 teaspoons sesame oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of ground pepper. Set aside.
  7. Peel the carrots and then slice thinly, stack the slices and cut through to create matchsticks.
  8. Push the carrots to the side of your chopping board or put the carrots in a bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, toss, and set aside. (I have a large chopping board so I’m able to keep the 3 prepped veggies on the cutting board, eliminating the need for any additional bowls. If you can do this too, I recommend it so you can cut down on doing dishes later.)
  9. Wash the zucchini well to eliminate any sand. Trim the ends and then slice thinly, stack the slices and cut through to create matchsticks.
  10. Put the zucchini in a bowl. Add ¼ teaspoon salt, toss, and set aside.
  11. Cut the red pepper in half and take out the core and seeds. Cut the peppers in half crosswise (so your strips will not be too long) and then slice thinly. Set aside.

Cook the vegetables:

  1. Wipe, trim, and cut the mushrooms so they are roughly the same size, either in thick slices, wedges, or quarters. Heat a large pan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and the mushrooms. Do not touch the mushrooms for 1 minute to let them caramelize. Add 1 teaspoon garlic, ¼ teaspoon salt, a pinch of ground black pepper, and 2 teaspoons sesame oil. Stir fry for 2-3 more mins until the mushrooms are cooked. Put the mushrooms on a large plate and return the pan to the stove. 
  2. Wipe out the pan (no need to wash it) and heat it over medium high heat. 
  3. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, and the carrots. Stir fry for 3-4 mins. Put the carrots next to the mushrooms and return the pan to the stove.
  4. Again wipe out the pan and heat it over high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, the zucchini, 1 teaspoon of garlic, and a pinch of ground black pepper. Stir fry for 1-2 mins. until the zucchini is wilted. Put the zucchini on the same plate as the carrots and return the pan to the stove.
  5. Again wipe out the pan and heat it over medium high heat. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil, 2 teaspoons sesame oil, the peppers, ¼ teaspoon salt, and a pinch of ground black pepper. Stir fry for 1 minute and then put the peppers on the vegetable plate. Return the pan to the stove.
  6. Again wipe out the pan and heat it over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes. Crack the four eggs into a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of oil and swirl the pan to coat with oil. Then carefully pour the eggs into the pan. As soon as the eggs start to set, which takes about 1-2 minutes, cover with a lid and then let cook for 1-2 mins until the white is set but the yolks are soft and jiggly. Take the pan off of the heat and then use a rubber spatula to remove the eggs to a plate to keep them from overcooking.
  7. Divide the rice into 4 large bowls. Top each bowl with a quarter of the bean sprouts, the spinach, the mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, and red pepper. Add some kimchi to each bowl, put a fried egg at the center of each bowl, and then add a tablespoon of the gochujang sauce on the inside rim of the bowl. Garnish with some extra sesame seeds if desired.
  8. Serve the vegetarian bibimbaps immediately.

Keywords: rice, kimchi, korean, spinach, bibibimbap, fried egg