Soybean sprouts bibimbap

Kongnamulbap 콩나물밥

I am very happy to introduce my kongnamulbap recipe to you today. If you’ve been using my recipes for a long time, you might be able to guess what it’s made from by it’s name. Did you? : )

Kongnamul means “soybean sprouts” in English and bap means “rice.” I’ve posted a few recipes that call for soybean sprouts like bibimbap, kongnamul muchim, and kongnamulguk. And how about recipes that use bap? Bibimbap, yubuchobap, what else? Oh, gimbap!

Yes! Bap is definitely a staple food for Koreans, so there are so many kinds of dishes made with rice, adding different ingredients. You could add Korean radish, seafood, even kimchi!

The best things about this dish are that it’s easy to make, simple, and delicious! I want to add 1 more thing: it’s very cheap! Nobody will say, “I can’t afford soybean sprouts!”

Do you want me to add 1 more thing? Yes, you can make a vegetarian version by skipping ground beef or even egg. It will still be very tasty. You can add crushed roasted dried seaweed (kim) if you want, but I prefer simple kongnamulbap because I don’t want to dilute the flavor. I always say this while I’m eating this: “umm umm .. ah delicious.

Let’s make delicious, humble, decent, and wholesome kongnamulbap!


(for 2-3 servings):
Soybean sprouts (16 oz: 453 grams), rice, ground beef, egg, soy sauce, green onions, garlic, green chili pepper (optional), radish sprouts, toasted sesame seeds, toasted sesame oil, onion, and honey (or sugar), and eggs.

*tip: If you’re a vegetarian, replace the beef with shiitake mushrooms. Soak 3-4 dried shiitake mushrooms in water until they become soft, then chop them up and season.


Preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes to 1 hour.

Let’s start by making rice!

  1. Add 1 cup of short grain rice to a heavy bottomed pot. Rinse in cold water and drain.
  2. Scrub the wet rice by hand about for about 10 seconds. Rinse and drain.
  3. Scrub, rinse and drain 3-4 times, until the water becomes clear.
  4. Tilt the pot and pour out as much water as you can. The rice should still be wet.
  5. Add 1 cup of water to the rice, close the lid, and let it soak at least 30 minutes with the lid closed.

Next, soybean sprouts!

  1. Take the soybean sprouts out of the package and put them in large bowl with water.
  2. Rinse and drain a couple of times to clean thoroughly.
  3. Pick out some brownish rotten beans. Drain and set aside.

 Season ground beef (or chopped shiitake mushrooms)

  1. Prepare about ½ cup ground beef (4 ounces: 113 grams) and put it in a bowl.
  2. Add 1 ts soy sauce, a pinch of ground black pepper, 1 ts toasted sesame oil. Mix well with a spoon and set aside.

Make sauce

  1. Combine all these ingredients in a bowl and mix well: ⅓ cup soy sauce, 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 stalk of chopped green onion, 2 ts hot pepper flakes, 1 ts honey, 1 tbs chopped onion, 1 tbs chopped green chili pepper, and 1 tbs roasted sesame seeds.
  2. Cook 2 eggs sunny-side up and set aside. If you serve 3 people, prepare 3 sunny-side up eggs.
  3. After the rice has soaked for 30 minutes, add the soybean sprouts and the seasoned ground beef over top.
  4. Close the lid and bring to a boil over medium high heat for 10 minutes. After boiling, turn it over with a rice scoop and mix all the ingredients well.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer for another 10 minutes with the lid closed.
  6. Transfer it to a serving bowl and place the sunny side egg on top. Garnish with radish sprouts (muwoo soon).

Serve with the sauce and toasted sesame oil on the side so that people can adjust the dish to their personal taste.


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  1. snoopcookie Washington joined 9/11 & has 2 comments

    I finally got to make this dish after a visit to my local Paldo World for soybean sprouts (picked up the last pack of Italy towels too!) – delicious! It smelled so good while was cooking, it was hard to wait. The sauce is absolutely fantastic. I too threw in some mushrooms I had in the fridge (on top of the sprouts and under the meat) and it was a fine addition. No pictures because I ate it too fast! :) Also, the crispy bottom I got in the pan from the rice was so good… Thank you!

  2. mokpochica Michigan joined 1/09 & has 89 comments

    Guess what is for dinner? Haneul, Iseul, Taeyang and I watched this video together today and are making this together now. Their dad made kimchi today. Thanks for the home cooked food inspiration. I love that uses just one pot to cook because I am not a fan of doing dishes!

  3. jinpong Washington State joined 6/11 & has 10 comments

    Maangchi – I wanted to ask how long the marinated sauce is good for if you refrigerate it.

  4. jinpong Washington State joined 6/11 & has 10 comments

    I made this the other night and it turned out so yummy! I used both beef and mushrooms and cooked it in the rice cooker. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. ieuNate Love Brisbane joined 7/10 & has 9 comments

    Love this recipe .. The sauce is also my favourite, i actually have this sauce with Korean Pancake, and also use this sauce as salad dressing :) … All my friends and family love it. :D
    Maangchi, you are a legend!

  6. scarryvictoria Singapore joined 2/11 & has 13 comments

    I made this for dinner today. I’m a lazy mum:) I used the rice cooker and doubled the minced beef for my carnivorous kid;D
    It was a hit:))) they want to eat again tomorrow:))
    Thanks Maangchi<333

  7. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11 & has 120 comments

    I am making this for dinner tonight – with doejibulgogi and a few other side dishes. I will take photos :)

  8. eatplayluv Seoul joined 10/11 & has 2 comments

    I love the combination of beansprouts and an egg. Thanks for the recipe and I’d like to let people know that there will be some upcoming gift giveaways and a blogging contest on

    So apply to be a blogger there and start blogging to win some awesome prizes. There are also interesting topics posted on Forum for people to talk about Korean food culture.

  9. DrDug Redding, California joined 9/11 & has 2 comments

    Can you double the recipe and still do it in one pot? Two cups of rice, two cups of water, etc. Thanks!

  10. vb38 joined 7/10 & has 36 comments

    Would it be possible to cook the rice in a rice cooker instead? Also, like Oppa, I would like to know if it still tastes good at room temperature. I can’t wait to mk this!

  11. JamieF New Zealand joined 1/11 & has 120 comments

    This looks so amazing! I am definitely going to make it.

  12. thomashsu NYC joined 12/10 & has 6 comments

    how do you modify this recipe to make kongnamulgukbap?

  13. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario joined 9/10 & has 33 comments

    You say you are cooking the egg “Sunny Side Up” but then you flip it. Isnt this an over easy egg then? Maybe a “Sunny Side Down”?

    Either way I love the recipe and will have to try it soon. That simple sauce you make is one of my favorites to have with rice now. Even if I can never find the correct green chili peppers!

  14. Oppa Paris joined 9/11 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi!

    I love bibimbap, it’s one of my favs korean meal. I eat a lot but want to lose weight so this recipe is perfect, thanks a lot =)

    I have a question, can this be eaten cool ? Or is it less tasty?


  15. soko2usa Minnesota joined 4/09 & has 55 comments

    The first thing I thought when you put your soybean sprouts in the drainer was ‘they’re so pretty!’ – and they are! So clean and beautiful! I can’t wait to make this!


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