Kimchi Fried Rice

Don’t remember the chef who said this, when asked what his/her favorite dish he/she would cook at home after work. The answer was fried rice with kimchi. I stored that information in the back of my head until I saw this recipe in Curtis Stone’s What’s for Dinner. Curtis wrote that he was lucky to learn Korean cuisine from his Korean mother-in-law.

This week at IHCC, the theme is to cook a dish that you can relax and savor while lounging on a couch. So I thought of this bowl of rice. You can eat it with a fork, or a spoon or chopsticks. No one would mind the path you take to get the rice to your mouth, as long as you are sitting down. Even that can be negotiated. After I finished my first small bowl and craved for more, I stood by the stove and ate big spoonfuls of the fried rice, right off the wok! Until a voice inside started telling me, louder and louder, that I better stopped.

I can convince myself this is a vegetarian dish. Yes, there is carb. But I swapped out white rice for brown rice since you won’t find white rice in my pantry. Otherwise, I kept the dish close to Curtis Stone’s recipe. Besides kimchi, other ingredients are mostly everyday pantry items. You can whip up this satisfying, spicy, salty, comfort food in less than a half hour. Warning: Don’t make it when you’re hungry because you’d tend to overindulge, as I did, sitting down or standing up!

Supposed to chop up the kimchi, but I forgot.



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    April 18, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    That is one tasty looking bowl of rice. I have yet to try kimchi but I think this recipe would be a good place to start.

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    April 19, 2016 at 10:17 am

    My first thought after reading the ingredients was, it's like a Spring Roll and I looooovvvve Speing Rolls! What a great dish to share this week.

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    Diane Zwang
    April 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I am also guilty of snacking at the stove:) This looks like a good one to make the next time I crave Asian food. I also have this cookbook so I will mark it.

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    April 24, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This is the first time I combine kimchi with fried rice. It won't be the last.

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    kitchen flavours
    April 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    We absolutely adore kimchi! I always have some homemade kimchi in my fridge and my kids' favourite way of eating kimchi is Kimchi Fried Rice, with sunny-side up egg, and another dish which I always make, Kimchi Pork Stew with Tofu. We had kimchi noodle soup today. Casual eating at the sofa, with a plate of Kimchi Fried Rice! Delicious choice!

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    April 24, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    What a tasty bowl of rice, a just learned how to make kimchi at home

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    April 24, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful ideas to use the rest of the kimchi sitting in my fridge since I made the fried rice.

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    April 24, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    This is a beautiful dish, whether you eat it over a wok or on the couch! I've never tried kimchi,but it is very high on my list of new foods to try. I love cabbage and I love spicy foods so I imagine it would be a hit with me.

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    Deb in Hawaii
    April 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Kimchi fried rice is served at a lot of restaurants here and I love it but I have never made it at home. It looks delicious–loving the brown rice. 🙂

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    Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates
    April 25, 2016 at 5:17 am

    This is genius! It's so easy to buy kimchi from Korean groceries at where I'm at but I have never thought of cooking this for my kimchi-loving hubby. Gotta try my hands on cooking a wok of this. 🙂

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    April 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    Kimchi has been on my to-try list for a while. Maybe I should start with this one. LOOKS wonderful!

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