Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kimchi Fried Rice

When you are really, really pressed for time. But you still want to have a delicious, flavorful, and healthy meal, try this Korean fried rice.

Kimchi is a traditional Korean pickled vegetable dish. I don't know how true it is, but it is said that this side dish is required in all Korean meals; and that all Korean women are required to learn how to make their own kimchi, or else no man will marry them! :) Anyone who can verify this?

Health magazine has named Kimchi as one of the top five of the world's healthiest food. It is rich in dietary fiber, and vitamins and is low in calories.

For now, I buy my kimchi in small convenient packs. (See the photo below.) I don't know how to make kimchi yet. But I promise myself that I am going to learn how to make kimchi one of these days. I cannot pass up the opportunity to learn a healthy and delicious side-dish :) It should not be too difficult :)

4 C cooked jasmine rice
1 pack (120gms) kimchi
200 gms cooked ham, cubed
4 T garlic, minced (optional)
4 eggs
spring onions, chopped

1. Chop the drained kimchi into little pieces. Reserve the liquid.

2. Saute garlic in a little oil. This is optional. If you are not using garlic, simply skip this step.

3. Add in the chopped ham (or substitute cooked cubed chicken). After a minute, add in the kimchi and the kimchi liquid. Stir for a while until hot, then add in the rice.

4. Mix everything up, so that the rice can absorb the flavor of the meat and the kimchi. Cook while stirring until the rice is hot. This should take around 2 to 3 minutes only. Test for taste. Add a little salt if too bland. But for me the kimchi is already flavorful enough.

5. Cook some sunny side-up eggs. Arrange the cooked rice on a plate. Top with the sunny-side up egg and chopped spring onions. Serve immediately.

A tasty and nutritious meal in a short time - provided you already have cooked rice, of course. :)

Sharing this dish with Wine and Dine featuring Korea dishes over at Joelen's Culinary Adventures.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Believe it or not I use kimchi in hamburgers! We are kindred spirits.

tigerfish said...

I did similar before. I was easy. Kimchi easily flavor up the rice.

Lo said...

I'm a sucker for the kimchi punch... and I've been meaning to make fried rice for some time now.

Bet this was just stellar! Will have to try it myself sometime soon!

Unknown said...

love this... simple, yet full of flavor... :)

Navita (Gupta) Hakim said...

oh I love Kimchi..infact I keep ordering my crackers in that flavour.

love the recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks for the tip, Mary! I have to try kimchi in my burgers now... :)

Hi Tigerfish! I'm glad you agree with me that this dish is so easy to prepare! and so delicious, too! :)

Hi Lo! I hope you get to try the kimchi rice! I promise you'll love it! :)

Soli Deo Gloria said...

I'm glad you like the recipe, Mikky!

Hi Navita! I hope I can get crackers in kimchi flavor. :) will keep a look-out in the groceries :)

Galatians 5:22 said...

I've always loved fried rice!! Nice recipe!!

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Thanks, Galatians! :)

HyperBaby143 said...

If I will cook this myself, I would finish eating it in a flash...
MMM.. I'm dreaming of kimchi right now...

Soli Deo Gloria said...

Hello and welcome Hyperbaby! I hope you drop by often! :)

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