What are some simple vegan Asian dishes

Korean bibimbap with tofu - vegan

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This blog post is kindly sponsored by Knorr. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Vegan bibimbap is a popular Korean dish made with rice, vegetables, and tofu. The recipe is super easy to make, healthy, delicious and perfect for anyone who loves Asian food!

Korean bibimbap with tofu

Right now I'm kind of totally on the Asia trip, so I've been sharing some Asian recipes here on the blog lately. I just love these dishes so much and I can't get enough of them! I usually always have the basic ingredients and spices at home, such as tofu, garlic, ginger and soy sauce. Then you just need to buy fresh vegetables and you can start cooking.

Many types of vegetables keep in the fridge for a few days, but I always try to use up fresh vegetables as quickly as possible. A good option is either a quick pan of vegetables or a fresh, colorful vegetable bowl. Served with rice, tofu, a delicious sauce, and some sesame seeds, it even makes a perfect filling main meal that contains all the necessary nutrients - protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and loads of vitamins!

What is bibimbap?

If you've never heard of bibimbap, I'll explain it to you briefly now. So, translated, the word “bibimbap” simply means “mixed rice” and the dish itself is basically a Korean leftover meal. The classic bibimbap is usually served with different types of vegetables, egg and beef, but of course I prepared my vegan version without egg and without meat. Instead, my recipe has more vegetables and crispy fried tofu!

Which vegetables for bibimbap?

When choosing the vegetables, I opted for carrots, radishes, zucchini, snow peas, spinach, mung bean sprouts, spring onions and mushrooms. But as mentioned before, you can get really creative there! Other vegetables such as cucumber, radish or shiitake mushrooms also go great!

Which rice for bibimbap?

Koreans usually use regular white rice for this Koranic rice dish. If you want to make your vegan bibimbap even healthier, you can use brown wholemeal rice or mixed rice instead. But in the end it works with every rice. Basmati rice, sushi rice, and long grain rice are also good choices.

The spices - umami!

Of course, the spices shouldn't be missing so that the tofu tastes good too! For marinating, I use soy sauce and the Knorr umami spice, which is made from 100% natural ingredients. This spicy combination tastes salty, sour and somewhat sweet at the same time, so that it appeals to all sensory organs. The word umami also comes from the Japanese and means “palatability” and I think the name fits it perfectly!

Healthy Fats - Which Oil?

In order for the body to be able to absorb the vitamins from all the healthy vegetables, it of course also needs fats. I pay close attention to the quality and type of oil used. I like to use peanut oil or coconut oil to fry the tofu, but rapeseed oil is also a good choice. In the recipe for Crunchy tofu nuggets By the way, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to best prepare tofu so that it is guaranteed to be crispy!

Gochujang sauce

The whole dish is served with a gochujang sauce. If you've never tried gochujang, you should definitely do it! It is a delicious Korean seasoning paste made from paprika, chilli, rice, fermented soybeans, salt and often a bit of sweetness and gives the bibimbap with tofu even more spice and a Korean taste!


I hope you will like my bibimbap. It is

  • Vegan, vegetarian
  • Non dairy
  • Egg free
  • High in protein
  • Quick and easy
  • Healthy
  • Spicy
  • Korean
  • Delicious!
  • Can be prepared with any vegetable!
  • The perfect meal for summer and spring!

More easy Asian recipes to try

If you try my vegan bibimbap with tofu or any other delicious recipe, please leave me a comment about how you liked it. And if you take a picture of your dish and share it on Instagram, please remember to link me to @biancazapatka and use the hashtag #biancazapatka so I don't miss your post! Have fun cooking! 😊

Korean bibimbap

Author: Bianca Zapatka
This vegan bibimbap is a popular Korean dish made with rice, vegetables, and tofu. The recipe is super easy to make, healthy, tasty and perfect for anyone who loves Asian food!
Preparation time 15min.