Easy One Pot Kimchi Fried Rice

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For Christmas this year I decided to get myself some well deserved presents. I went to our local bookstore and discovered the Korean cook books section. I was tempted by two books in particular “KOREATOWN” by Deuki Hong & Matt Rodbard and “Korean Food Made Simple” by Judy Joo. As a student, on a measly student budget, around Christmas, I could not justify the purchase of TWO rather expensive cook books. I was conflicted! I ended up purchasing “KOREATOWN” only to come back a few days later to purchase the other.

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Sitting on my couch opening up these books with greedy eyes, and a guilty heart, I was throughly fascinated with the recipes presented before my eyes. Hong and Rodbard’s book explores fusion food and besides the very artistic and alluring pictures the recipes inside are exciting ; where traditional Korean cuisine meets the American Korea-town. The second book shares recipes more authentic to the Korean tradition. There is some overlap in recipes, both having the staple dishes of Korea, namely: Kimchi, Bulgogi, bibimbap, and the holy grail of Korean BBQ the Marinated Kalbi Beef. Just a few off the top of my head. But while I was looking for something to make for our channel, I discovered the Kimchi Fried Rice in both books. They were fundamentally the same but one recipe used bacon as a main ingredient. As a devout bacon lover, this caught my attention. I decided to make this Kimchi fried rice, combining my favourite parts of these two recipes.

Kimchi Fried Rice, aka Kimchi Bokkeum bap (김치볶음밥). It’s spicy, salty, crispy, gooey, moderately healthy (there are vegetables = win in my book), and its just a great all around recipe for any night of the week.

Getting to the point, for those people in a rush, or who are broke af, this is a great recipe for you! The ingredients are cheap (except for bacon…but it can be your splurge item for the week) and the instructions aren’t overly complicated! it is also super delicious!

Recipe

Korean Fried Rice

Ingredients

1 large carrot, diced
1 green zucchini, diced
1 white or yellow onion, diced
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp (about 1/2 inch) ginger, minced
1 tbsp Sake or Soju (optional)
1/2 lb of bacon (i’m not great with precise measurements, I used about 3/4 of a package)
1 1/2 cups of Chopped Kimchi
1 1/2 – 2 cups of Rice (i’ve heard its best if the rice is day old, if you make it fresh use slightly less water than usual to get a good fry on)

Optional

1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp Gochujang (Korean Red Pepper Paste: https://amzn.to/2HSwZ74)
Fried eggs (one for each person eating, or 2 if you are nice)
Sesame Seeds

Instructions

Start by slicing the bacon into 1/2 inch pieces and fry till crispy.

While the bacon is cooking, dice the onions, carrots, and zucchini. Set the bacon aside and start frying the carrots and add the onions and zucchini in a few minutes later to accommodate the varied cooking times. I fried them in the grease from the bacon, but could substitute for olive oil. Mince the garlic and ginger and add it to the vegetables.

Coarsely chop the kimchi and add it to the vegetables along with the soju, after the vegetables are mostly cooked. Keep the heat medium high heat as you reintroduce the bacon to the mix. Allow all the ingredients to warm up before folding in the rice. Smooth the rice mixture down and reduce the heat. Keep cooking for as long as desired to create a crispy exterior to this rice dish.

Optional

Mix the butter and Gochujang together and smear over the top of the rice to increase flavour and moisture. Garnish with chopped green onions, crispy fried eggs, and sesame seeds.

 

 

Best Bibimbap Recipe

As university students, we know better than anyone how easy it is to step up the food game. Tired of KD and ramen? Try this delicious bibimbap recipe!50474504_293845181329389_6813204800302219264_nThis meal is easy to alter as you can use any vegetables and sides you have laying around the house!

Side dishes are staples in Korean cooking. They always seem very daunting in number and complexity when displayed in restaurants and Kdramas. In actuality, most of these side dishes are prepared in large quantities and kept in the fridge to be used as needed, and many aren’t as complex as they look. For those who are not consistently eating Korean food it can be a pain and an extra task to create these numerous side dishes. For this bibimbap recipe, I pulled out some side dishes which are quick and easy to make! I used (Store bought) Kimchi and made:

Spinach Side Dish

Bean Sprout Side Dish


Here’s the Recipe:

ddThe Marinade:

  • 1/2 c brown sugar

  • 1/2 c soy sauce

  • 1/4 c mirin

  • 1/4 c soju or sake

  • 2 tbsp sesame oil

  • 3 green onions

  • 4 cloves of garlic minced

  • 1 kiwi grated (kiwi acts as a natural tenderizer, can be substituted with 1/4 c. pineapple

  • ??? lbs beef (I used about 3 lbs for 3 people and we had leftovers
Marinade 2 hours or overnight. The marinade (minus the beef!!) can be made in advance and refrigerated up to 5 days.

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The Sauce

  • 1/4 apple
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp mirin
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • pinch of pepper

                                 blend, blend blend!

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The Vegetables (for 3 people)

Slice the following vegetables and stir fry separately, I used:

  • 1/2 zucchini
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 5 mushrooms (I don’t really like mushrooms so add according to your desire 😉 )

                                    Fry the beef!

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Putting the bowl together:

  • warm short grain white rice (I like the sticky rice)
  • fried vegetables
  • beef
  • kimchi (store bought)
  • marinaded spinach side dish (recipe to come)
  • bean sprout side dish

                             drizzle sauce generously!                                                      

AND ENJOY!