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Kimchi Fried Rice

If you have some kimchi and rice, try this easy kimchi fried rice recipe! It’s so versatile that you can add any protein you like or omit it entirely. It’ll become one of your go-to easy meals.

Kimchi fried rice is a humble Korean dish made basically with kimchi and leftover rice. Since Korean homes almost always have these two staples, kimchi fried rice is a favorite go-to meal whenever there seems to be nothing to eat at home.

t’s especially popular among young people who are living on a low budget as it is a quick-fix meal, inexpensive to prepare, yet delicious and filling.

 

Kimchi Fried Rice 

If you have some kimchi and rice, try this easy kimchi fried rice recipe! It’s so versatile that you can add any protein you like or omit it entirely. It’ll become one of your go-to easy meals. 

 

Kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap, 김치볶음밥) is a humble Korean dish made basically with kimchi and leftover rice. Since Korean homes almost always have these two staples, kimchi fried rice is a favorite go-to meal whenever there seems to be nothing to eat at home.

It’s especially popular among young people who are living on a low budget as it is a quick-fix meal, inexpensive to prepare, yet delicious and filling.

All you need is well fermented kimchi and some cooked rice! Kimchi has plenty of flavors, but it’s common to add some gochujang, soy sauce and/or gochugaru for more robust savory flavors and spiciness.

Popular protein additions by Koreans include processed meat, such as bacon, ham, sausage, or spam, as well as canned tuna. You can also cooked or uncooked chicken, pork, beef or shrimp, so feel free to experiment once you’ve got a hang of the basic technique.

For a vegan option, substitute the meat with tofu or omit it. Use vegan kimchi and skip the egg.

 

Rice for Kimchi Fried Rice

Koreans typically use short grain white rice for everyday use. However, any other rice you’d use for fried rice, including brown rice and mixed grain rice, is fine for this recipe as well.

As with any fried rice, day old rice is best to use, if available. The rice can get hard after being in the fridge. Heat it up in the microwave to soften it a little and break it up before stir-frying with kimchi.

You can, of course, make fresh rice for this dish. Simply use a little less water than the usual amount to make the rice slightly drier and cool before using.

 

How to Make Kimchi Fried Rice

The basic technique involves stir-frying the kimchi typically with some aromatic vegetables and seasonings until the kimchi turns soft and deep in color. This step brings out rich flavors of the kimchi.

If you’re using uncooked meat, cook the meat before stir-frying with the kimchi. It doesn’t need to be completely cooked through.  It’s much faster if you use cooked meat or canned tuna (drained). Simply throw it in while the kimchi is being stir-fried.

After adding the rice to the pan, stir constantly over medium low heat, breaking up the rice clumps, until everything is well incorporated. This will keep rice from sticking to the pan too much. Once the rice is evenly coated with the seasoning, turn up the heat high and stir only occasionally so the rice can get nicely toasted.

 

Tips for Making Good Kimchi Fried Rice

  • Whenever you cook with kimchi, it is best to use well-fermented kimchi for the rich and robust flavor it develops. No exception here.
  • If the leftover rice is hard after being in the fridge, heat it up in the microwave to soften it a little and break it up before stir-frying with the kimchi mix.
  • If you are using raw meat, season it with salt and pepper. A small amount of garlic and/or ginger to flavor the meat will be great too. Cook the meat before stir-frying with the kimchi.
  • To make it spicier, add gochugaru instead of more gochujang. Too much gochujang will make the dish too salty.
  • Use high heat to cook the kimchi, medium low heat while breaking up the rice clumps to keep the rice from sticking to the pan too much, and high heat to get the rice nicely toasted at the end.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 – 4 strips of bacon, diced (or about 4 ounces ham or spam, or 1 can of tuna, drained) See note 1 if using uncooked meat
  • 3/4 cup diced kimchi See note 2
  • 1/4 small onion, diced diced
  • 1 scallion, chopped chopped
  • 1 small carrot, finely chopped – optional
  • 3 – 4 tablespoons juice from kimchi
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili pepper paste) See note 3
  • 2-1/2 cups cooked rice See note 4
  • oil for stir-frying
  • 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Optional

  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 eggs fried
  • 1 sheet roasted gim (dried seaweed sheet)

 

Instructions

  • If using meat, heat a lightly oiled large skillet over medium heat. Add the meat pieces. Cook until the meat is slightly browned. If you don’t want all the rendered fat, remove it from the pan and add a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil. If using ham, spam or canned tuna instead of meat, you can simply add it while stir-frying kimchi in step 2.

  • Add the onion and scallion and stir-fry quickly over high heat. Add the kimchi, optional carrots, juice from kimchi, soy sauce and gochujang. Stir fry until the kimchi turns soft and deep in color, 3 to 4 minutes. Take the time to do this step so the rich flavors develop.

  • Add the rice, and reduce the heat to medium low. Stir until everything is well incorporated and the clumped up rice is broken up, 3 to 4 minutes.

  • Once the rice is evenly coated with the seasoning, turn up the heat high and continue to fry the rice, turning occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the sesame oil and the optional sesame seeds at the end.
  • Top with the optional fried egg, and garnish with the optional sesame seeds, gim (dried seaweed) strips and/or chopped scallion and serve.

 

Notes

  1. If you are using raw meat, season it with salt and pepper. A small amount of garlic and/or ginger to flavor the meat will be great too. Cook the meat before stir-frying with the kimchi.
  2. Whenever you cook with kimchi, it is best to use well-fermented kimchi for the rich and robust flavor it develops. No exception here.
  3. For spicier fried rice, add gochugaru instead of more gochujang. Too much gochujang will make the dish too salty.
  4. If the leftover rice is hard after being in the fridge, heat it up in the microwave to soften it a little and break it up before stir-frying with the kimchi mix.

 

 

The Amazing Health Benefits of 8 Summer Fruits

Summer is here! And so is a wide variety of delicious fruits. Check out the amazing health benefits of 8 deliciously amazing fruits.

We all know fruits are a healthy alternative, but are you eating the ones that are best for you?

Each fruit contains certain vitamins and minerals, that may aid to a specific issue and improve certain aspects in your health. In order to make things easier for you, we have selected 8 of the best summer fruits and highlighted their incredible benefits. Keep reading and find out what your fridge should be stocked with this summer.

 

  1. Cantaloup

    This type melon fruit is known for its enticing aroma and low caloric content. It’s filled up with vitamins A and C and beta-carotene. One of its best qualities is that it reduces stress. Being rich in potassium, snacking on it normalizes the heart beat and a sends supply of oxygen to the brain, leaving you feeling relaxed and focused. You are already craving a slice, aren’t you?
  2. Cherries

    Who doesn’t enjoy a bowl of cherries? This super fruit can improve your sleep, due to the source of melatonin, reduce pain and joint soreness for those of you who love to workout, and prevent diabetes. It’s known for aiding your memory and a great snack or dessert choice if you’re currently watching your weight. Have a handful of cherries everyday to get the best of what they offer.
  3. Pomegranate

    This colorful, unique flavored fruit is a great ingredient for juices and smoothies. However, it’s not just the refreshing qualities that make this fruit a must have. Pomegranate is a good friend to your heart: it reduces cholesterol, improves blood flow and reduces thickening in the arteries. All this with just 8 ounces consumed a day.
  4. Pineapple

    It may put up a challenge when cutting it but it is worth the effort. This popular tropical fruit is packed with vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium, that can prevent colds and strengthen you bones. Also, it keeps your gums healthy and teeth strong, lowering the risk of them falling out.
  5. Peaches

    Everyone’s favorite juicy fruit is pumped with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It’s good for your eyesight and your skin, you can even apply it directly on dark circles and wrinkles. But it’s best to savour it, right? Also, peaches fight against toxins and extra pounds. Yes, just like its sister, the nectarines, it’s low in calories, and can make for a delicious, non-fattening sweet treat.
  6. Plums

    This purple fruit is a good way to satisfy your hunger, as an in between meal snack, or satisfy your sweet tooth. Some of the results to eating daily dose of plums include a better memory and stronger bones. What’s more you can have them all year long as plums, the dried version. The latter are a good match for granola and yogurt.
  7. Raspberries

    Just another fruit you can enjoy for breakfast, but not limited to. Raspberries are a time bomb of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, just ready to explode in your organism. They aid weight loss, prevent cancer and eye sight from muscular degeneration. Here’s a tip: you can freeze them and eat whenever you want because they do not lose their properties. How about it?
  8. Watermelon

    It’s a hassle until you get into your house, considering the 8 to 10 pounds it usually weighs, but one you have a taste you can’t get enough. Imagine biting into a cold slice on a hot July day. Watermelons are full of potassium, antioxidants, carotenoids, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B6, and C, calcium, thiamin, sodium, healthy protein, and fiber. A couple of slices as day can help prevent heart attacks and diseases, different types of cancer, digestive problems, weak eye sight and hair loss. How about dicing one right now?

     

    There’s nothing like a fruit summer salad to refresh your senses and give your body that extra boost of vitamins and minerals to keep it healthy and vibrant. Enjoy!