Korean bibimbap bento lunch box recipe

Simple Korean Bibimbap Recipe

With assorted vegetables, beef and gochujang sauce, this simple bibimbap bento is a tasty and colourful meal!

Course Main
Cuisine Korean
Keyword rice
Servings 3 people
Author Jan Chan


  • 1 bunch of spinach
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 large carrot, julienned
  • 350g beef, sliced (buy pre-sliced beef for shabu shabu or bulgogi)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3-4 servings of cooked rice

Seasoning for Beef:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp mirin
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ground pepper, to taste

Seasoning for Shiitake Mushrooms:

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp honey or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • ground pepper, to taste

Seasoning for Spinach:

  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced

Gochujang Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar


  1. Marinate the beef using the beef seasoning ingredients. Let marinate for 15 - 20 minutes.

  2. Marinate the mushroom using the mushroom seasoning ingredients. Let marinate for 10 - 15 minutes.

  3. Blanch spinach in a pot of boiling water. Immediately add them to an ice bath (or bowl of cold water) to stop the cooking process. If using cold water, you'll need to change the water several times to bring the temperature down. Once cooled, squeeze out as much water as you can from the spinach and add it to a bowl. Add in the spinach seasoning ingredients and mix well.

  4. In a nonstick pan, cook beaten eggs into a large omelet. Let cool to room temperature then slice into thin strips.

  5. In the same pan, saute the carrots until soft, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  6. In the same pan, cook the mushrooms. Set aside.

  7. In the same pan, cook the beef, in batches if necessary. Set aside.

Assemble the Bento or Bibimbap:

  1. To assemble the bibimbap, put rice in a bowl and top it with spinach, mushrooms, eggs, carrots, and beef. Add some gochujang sauce to taste.