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Bibimbap, Stone Pot Rice (Korean)


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Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed meal." Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot.

Vegetables commonly used in bibimbap include julienned cucumber, zucchini, mu (daikon), mushrooms, doraji (bellflower root), and gim, as well as spinach, soybean sprouts, and gosari (bracken fern stems). Dubu (tofu), either plain or sautéed, or a leaf of lettuce may be added, or chicken or seafood may be substituted for beef. For visual appeal, the vegetables are often placed so that adjacent colors complement each other.



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Újévi Lencseleves Lentil Soup (Hungarian)


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The Lentil soup is served for New Year in Europe and in Hungary, this dish symbolizes wealth. The shape of the lentils has the resemblance of coins. There are many different ways to eat it, usually with Smoked Sausage and an important addition is Parsley upon serving. Enjoy!

1 8oz package lentils
I large yellow onion
4-8 cloves garlic
2 sliced carrots (optional)
2 cups potatos, cubed into half-inch cubes optional)
1 bay leaf
1 cup soy yoghurt
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cider vinegar (optional)

Directions:

For stew, chop onion into large pieces, for soup, leave onion whole.

Wash lentils, changing water 3 times.

Place all ingredient except potatos and yoghurt into a 6 quart pot. For soup, add 2 quartes of water and during the cooking, add additional water as needed to keep soup from thickening too much. For stew, use the same, but only add enough additional water during cooking to create a thick product.

Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer, adding the potatoes (if used) about 10 minutes after reducing heat, cook until lentils are soft and have burst. (Time varies based on type of lentils used - if you use grey lentis, this may take over an hour - add the potatoes 20 minutes before the hour is up! Red and Orange and Yellow lentils are usually done in half an hour.) If making soup, remove and discard onion.

Before serving, stir in yoghurt, and add a tablespoon of cider vinegar (optional).

Made without the carrots and potatoes, the stew version is terrific with fried potatoes and sauted squash!

Serves: 4-6

Preparation time: 1-1/2 hours



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