Kimchi Fried Rice

Kimchi-bokkeumbap

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Kimchi bokkeumbap is a variety of bokkeumbap, a popular dish in Korea. Its name literally translates as “kimchi fried rice”. Foremost, it's a fabulously thrifty dish, which uses up any leftovers — you can chuck in just about anything. However, the rice stands tall, with its umami rich, and addictive flavours. Koreans eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as a side, — or why not try it in my Korean Tofu Marinated Burrito?

Ingredients

serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 strips (45 grams or 1 3/4 ounces) bacon, diced
  • 2 carrots, julienned and then coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 9 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced lengthwise into quarters
  • 1/2 zucchini, julienned and coarsely chopped
  • 3 spring onions or scallions, finely sliced
  • 1 cup (300 grams) cabbage kimchi, chopped into small pieces
  • 4 cups (740 grams) cooked short-grain rice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
  • 8 grinds black pepper
  • 4 soft sunny-side up fried eggs
  • Sprinkle Korean chilli flakes (gochugaru)
  • Sprinkle freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the bacon and saute until the edges are crispy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Using a slotted spoon remove the bacon from the skillet and let drain on kitchen towels.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium and add the carrots and garlic to the skillet. Cook, stirring constantly, until carrots are just softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Then mix in the mushrooms, zucchini, 2 of the spring onions and the kimchi, and continue to saute until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Return the bacon to the pan.
  5. Add the rice and mix to incorporate well using a wooden spoon to break up the rice. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Transfer the fried rice to a serving plate or platter, top with the fried eggs and garnish with the remaining spring onions and a sprinkle of Korean chilli flakes and black pepper.

Notes

Place the kimchi in a bowl and use kitchen sheers to cut it into small pieces. Kimchi can stain your cutting board and make it smell. Use the julienne blade on a mandolin or a julienne peeler to cut thecarrots and the zucchini. After making long thin pieces, use knife to cut down to small pieces.

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