A traditional Korean delicacy. Tastes spicy and sour, and brings your appetite just about. Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. You should be able to buy Kimchi anywhere in a Korean mart. There are also many types of Kimchi. One of the most popular one is the napa cabbage Kimchi. There are other Kimchi made with raddish and or others etc.
So I was craving for something that was sour and spicy yet light and refreshing at the same time, and I thought of Kimchi fried rice! Suggested by its name itself, yes, it is basically just frying rice and kimchi together hahaha! Actually, in fact, Kimchi fried rice is indeed easy to make. You just need a few ingredients and TADA! here is your Kimchi fried rice hehe.. I went Youtube and found a Kimchi fried rice recipe. You can check it out too! This recipe is from Maangchi. You can check it out on her website ↓ ↓ ↓
I followed her recipe but with slight variation because I didn’t have some of the ingredients. To make Kimchi fried rice, the basic ingredients are:
- Kimchi (and its juice)
- Cooked rice (leftover/ overnight rice or freshly cooked rice — not too wet!)
- Spring onion (or small red onion as substitute)
- Gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
- Sesame oil
For better texture and tastier dish, add…:
- Toasted sesame seeds (or roasted)
- Spring onion (as garnish)
- Dried seaweed (or roasted nori etc.)
- Sunshine egg
Method: (serving for one)
Heat up a non-stick frying pan. Once heated, add in 1½cup of Kimchi and about ½ a small red onion chopped *(don’t pour in the Kimchi juice at this point yet). After frying the Kimchi and onion for a minute or so (till you smell the fragrance of Kimchi and onion), add in your rice. Mix the Kimchi and rice about until they are well mix.
Next, pour in ¾cup of Kimchi juice and mix well. Followed by 1 to 1½ tbsp of gochujang and again, mix the dish well.
Lastly, pour about 1tbsp of sesame oil and give it a last mix.
Serve the dish by sprinkling some spring onion, sesame seeds and seaweed on the dish. Lay a piece of sunshine egg above (it would taste even better with runny egg yolk!!)