[Al: egg or roe , Bap: cooked rice]
Albap (알밥) is a Korean hot bowl rice dish that consists of various vegetables and fish roe and/or caviar. It is a rather luxurious yet simple and delightful one pot meal. You may add/or omit any vegetables or garnishes depending on availability or taste. I happened to have had edible flowers that I bought at the farmers market for some pretty garnishing. The finished product will be a delicious, healthy dish especially with the crispy toasted rice at the bottom of the bowl waiting at the end.
- 2 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 1/2 cup cooked rice (white or brown)
- 2 tbsp white fish caviar*
- 2 tbsp salmon roe*
- 1 tbsp finely diced red onion
- 1 tbsp finely diced carrot
- 1 tbsp finely diced cucumber (seeded)
- 1 tbsp finely diced kimchi
- 1 tbsp finely diced takuwan (pickled Japanese daikon, 단무지)
- Handful of radish sprouts or micro greens*
- 1 1/2 tbsp finely cut Gim (roasted seaweed, 김)
- toasted sesame seeds for garnish
- edible flowers for garnish* (optional)
*Note: I bought the caviar and salmon roe at Whole Foods Market. I was able to find the micro greens and edible flowers at the farmer’s market.
- Coat the inside of a Korean stone or ceramic bowl with sesame oil by placing 1 tbsp of sesame oil then spreading it evenly with a paper towel.
- Place the bowl on medium high heat and place a 1 1/2 cup of cooked rice (white or brown).
- While the rice is sizzling, carefully place whitefish caviar, salmon roe, vegetables, takuwan, kimchi, radish sprouts and Gim on top of the rice.
- Drizzle the remaining 1 tbsp of sesame oil. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and place the edible flowers for garnish.