Kimchi Fried Rice. It's a simple and unassuming dish that encapsulates the unique flavors of Korean cuisine - including the famous Kimchi! If you have never tried cooking Korean at home, I would recommend this dish as the starting point.
Kimchi fried rice is one of those childhood comfort foods that I crave frequently. I have this fun memory associated with it. When I was young, my sister and I would have a contest to see who can best spell their name out with ketchup over the fried rice. I remember being so annoyed that I had two more letters in my name than my sister (Her name is Mina). I usually would put my spoon through her egg out of spite. Which then led to her hitting me in the face. And then both of us getting spanked by our mom. Gotta love Korean families!
So yes - this dish bring back a flood of childhood memories. Though even today, I enjoy breaking the egg yolk and seeing it mix into with the rice 😉
Here is the Korean fried rice from my home - including the (mandatory) sunny-side egg. Enjoy!
Kimchi Fried Rice
Ingredients (for 2 people)
- 2 Cups Rice
- ½ Cup Kimchi
- 1-2 Tablespoons Kimchi Liquid
- ½ a whole Onion
- ⅓ cup Diced carrots
- ⅓ cup Spring onions
- 2 Strips Bacon
- 2 Cups Short Grain White Rice
- 2 teaspoons Cooking oil
- 1 teaspoon Gochugaru Korean red chili flakes
- ½ teaspoon Sugar
- 3 teaspoons Soy sauce
- Few Shakes Black pepper
Toppings and Garnish
- 1 teaspoon Sesame oil
- Sesame seed garnish, optional
- Sunny side-up eggs garnish, optional
- Scoop out your rice and let it cool down on a flat dish for at least 15 minutes (this allows the rice to get rid of its moisture, which is better for stir-fry)
- Then cube the onion, spring onions, carrots and kimchi into small pieces. Also cut the bacon into small bite-sized pieces as well.
- Take out a large frying pan and put it on a medium-high heat. Put some oil in. Once it is hot, put the bacon pieces in. Once the bacon starts to sizzle, add-in the onions, spring-onions and carrots. Stir around until you see the onions turn slightly translucent.
- Next, lets add our seasonings: Korean red chili flakes (1 teaspoon), Sugar (½ teaspoon), Soy Sauce (3 teaspoons), and Black Pepper (few shakes) into the stir-fry. Stir-it around and get it mixed-in well.
- Then throw in the Kimchi pieces and stir everything together for ~2 minutes.
- Then add in the rice as well as some Kimchi liquid (if you have it). Continue to stir to get the rice evenly mixed. Turn off the heat. Add in the Sesame Oil (1 teaspoon) and a few shakes of sesame seeds.
- Plate them up and add a sunny side-up egg to each plate (optional)
- For vegetarians: skip the bacon and use shiitake mushrooms instead
- Watch video below for more details