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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Kimchi Fried Rice


Kimchi Fried Rice!

 is one of the easiest dist to make at every korean house hold . But as every cook know that the simpler the ingredients, the hard it could get.


Three main ingredients and one main hero of the dish : KIMCHI.

If you have read my previous post about kimchi then you well aware that the quality of kimchi you use will affect the taste of the dish.
Organic & natural-Fermentation process is the best.
All the goodness from organic vegetables mean no pesticides and chemical on your kimchi and the good bacteria as a result of good  fermentation process, that what you want from kimchi.

Use your mature kimchi - mean, aging and taste sour to eat just as a side dish - for this dish since the sourness from your kimchi brine produced from lactic-acid, will give a delicious taste and punch on the dish.
If your kimchi still young or not sour enough, you can add a 1tbsp  of vinegar to add a little kick. Rice vinegar would be the best option since it will not affect the flavor of your dish. But be flexible if you happen to have only white vinegar or apple vinegar you still can use it.


Kimchi Fried Rice

Difficulty : Easy
Preparing time : 5 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Makes : 1 portion 
Adapted from : Home Food Rescue tv program 



Ingredients 


  • 1 cup rice (you can use red or black rice, but the taste will be different) 
  • 1 cup matured fermented  organic kimchi
  • 1 bunch scallion
  • 1 tbsp less sodium soy sauce (try to find non-gmo labeled) 
  • 1 tsp korean hot pepper flakes (gochugaru)
  • 1 tsp raw organic sugar cane
  • 1 tsp sesame oil (and more for the final touch) 
  • 1 free range egg
  • coconut oil, as needed
  • sesame seed, crushed


Method 

(Always prepare all the ingredients near you and wash all the ingredients before cooking)

        1. On a ceramic pan, over low heat add 1 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil, wait until the oil start to bubble
           a little bit, crack your egg on the pan, season to taste. (tips : protein taste more flavorful on heat) 
      2. Pour over the hot oil over your egg, 1-2 times. Once the white part start to solid place your egg
          on the plate, set aside, turn off the heat. Reserve the remaining oil to stir fry other ingredients. 

   
    3. On your board. Thinly sliced the scallion. 
     4.  Place kimchi on a bowl and chopped it with a kitchen scissor so you can avoid your kitchen 
          board become messy by the kimchi braine.



     5.  Heat your pan over medium heat. Stir fry the scallion with the remaining oil from before, until 
          the scallion start to smell fragrant and turn golden color.
     6.  Turn the heat to low, add the chopped kimchi with it brine. stir 1-2 minute.




     7.  Set aside the stir fry kimchi & add the soy sauce on the other side of the pan.
          Once the soy sauce start to simmering, mix it with the kimchi. 
             (if you find any black scarp from the kimchi and soy sauce do not worry, that's what makes the fried rice more 
            flavorful!) 
     8.  Add sugar & hot pepper flakes and stir to combine. Turn off the heat.


     9.  Add the rice on the pan.
    10. Stir the rice with the kimchi mixture until combine.



       
         11.  Turn the heat back over medium. Stir fry 1-2 minute more and add in sesame oil, stir to                             combine, turn off the heat. 
         12. Serve with fried egg over the top, crushed sesame seed, seaweed & drizzle of  sesame oil on top of your egg if you like sesame oil as i do. 





Even though we only serving red and black rice at our home, but one at a time i like to enjoy these fried rice with white rice. No need to feel guilty. 
I like to cook with matured kimchi since it give the dish a superb flavor. 
Nothing can beat a naturally fermented vegetables complex flavors, and that thanks to our kind friends, the good bacteria which has work greatly in amazing way preserved the nutritions and give extra probiotic & vitamin for us to enjoy. 
Just be sure not to cook it too long and with too high heat if you want to keep the good bacteria in the food. If you happen to do it? ah, no one will judge you! 




Stay Healthy and Keep Clean! ;) 



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