Beautiful presentation! If I may add a couple of points / suggestions
To start, there are generally no rules for bibimbap. If you mix it up and eat it, it’s bibimbap and what you like in it is up to you.
Having said that…
All foods items in BBB should be small pieces or strips. You want to mix up the whole thing and get a bit of everything in each bite. A common mistake for example is keeping meat in large chunks, it will be disruptive to achieving that goal.
Kimchi should be left out of bibimbap and eaten as a side palate cleanser. You want to be able to have that back and forth with the savoryness of BBB and tartness of the kimchi. If you mix kimchi into BBB, it dominates the other flavors. Same with the ginger pickles.
That mushroom would probably be much better lightly sauteed, but personal preference and all.
Also, be sure to use plenty of sesame oil!
And yes BBB is a great vehicle for leftovers. In fact, in most cases Koreans don’t “make” bibimbap at home. It’s just something that’s thrown together with existing banchan (side dishes) that are in the fridge.
Yes and no, the recipe is called “This is not a Bibimbap recipe”. But I didn’t follow the suggestions exactly, I used what was already in the fridge, so all the pickles and fermented stuff dominated the dish.
Thanks a lot for suggestion. Another problem I have is when I mixed everything, due to the fermented vegetables even in room temperature, made the rice mixture tepid. I think your are right about sautéed vegetables.
Yes it’s pretty bitter. I personally enjoy bitter foods, but to counteract the bitterness this kimchi is made very sweet, it gets a ton of rice syrup and sugar. Also according to my mother you don’t want this kind of kimchi to get sour, so the additional sugar helps prevent that.
The wild chives have a much stronger garlic/onion flavor and are a bit tough to chew. Not in an unpleasant way though. My mom claims that you can only make kimchi with the wild chives when they first sprout, in a week they become too tough for regular consumption.
Went to HMart yesterday and they had some wild chives in the produce section, they were like 20$ a lb!