김치볶음밥 – KIMCHI FRIED RICE (kimchi bokkeumbap)

Kimchi fried rice2I clearly remember my first time eating kimchi. I was backpacking in Vietnam in 2004 and had never heard about kimchi, or for that matter even tried Korean food. My first thought was: why would anybody eat this?  If you are not familiar with kimchi, it consists of spiced fermented vegetables, usually napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber. There are a lot of varieties out there, some spicier than others. The traditional way of preparing kimchi is to allow fermentation underground in jars for months at a time. It is pretty stinky! My husband loves kimchi, and over the years I have come to the point of really appreciating this traditional side dish. Once you acquire a taste for kimchi, it can be addicting. Kimchi is also very healthy, as it is packed with vitamins, dietary fiber, and lactic acid bacteria that aids in digestion. Recent studies also point to anti-cancer properties of fermented cabbage. The following recipe incorporates kimchi into a fried rice dish, with some guidance from our Korean neighbors. Love it or hate it, there is no denying that this dish goes really well with Spam. If you are looking for a less-processed option, you can substitute other beef or pork (ham, bacon) alternatives. 

Kimchi fried rice
Serves 4
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645 calories
122 g
89 g
10 g
14 g
3 g
272 g
85 g
2 g
0 g
5 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
272g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 645
Calories from Fat 87
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
15%
Saturated Fat 3g
17%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 89mg
30%
Sodium 85mg
4%
Total Carbohydrates 122g
41%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
10%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
6%
Iron
12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 tablespoon butter
  2. • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  3. • ½ onion, chopped
  4. • 3 scallions, chopped, divided into white (for fried rice) and green (for garnish) parts
  5. • 1 ½ cup of kimchi, drained (save the juices) & chopped (preferably the red variety with napa cabbage)
  6. • 1/3 cup of spam, thinly sliced
  7. • 3 cups white rice (day old)
  8. • Salt and pepper
  9. • Seasoned seaweed, cut in strips
  10. • 1 fried egg per serving
  11. • 1 scrambled egg (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. In a pan over medium heat, sauté onions and the white part of the scallions for a few minutes, then add the kimchi without the juices. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the kimchi is heated through.
  2. 2. Add the spam to the pan, and mix to combine. Stir in the day-old rice, break up the lumps, and mix well with the kimchi. Add the juices and season with salt and pepper. (I also add some scrambled egg in the mix, but that is optional)
  3. 3. Serve the kimchi bokkeumbap hot with a fried egg, a sprinkle of seaweed, green onions and cracked pepper.
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calories
645
fat
10g
protein
14g
carbs
122g
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Tina Diep

I LOVE FOOD and better yet I LOVE TO COOK.

I can thank my Vietnamese roots. Vietnamese people use a great amount of time cooking and eating, traits which they have learned from their families. Everyone seems to know how to cook, and they are adept at picking fresh and quality foods from the market. Food is a priority in Vietnam – if you eat well, you live well.

I was born in Denmark, and in my mind I am a true Dane. Danish people cook a lot as well, but they prefer to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table. I consider myself Vietnamese from a culinary standpoint and Danish from a cultural standpoint (and I live in New York, which is a Mecca for foodies).

My mum is a great cook, she taught me how to chop vegetables and how to just randomly throw things together and somehow get an awesome meal. She makes cooking seem like art, and she is my inspiration for DiepLicious cooking.

My husband loves food as well and he has a great appetite. Cooking for him is a real joy. He has a great interest in everything that concerns health, and loves to point out specific foods and why they are good for you to eat. I will share his knowledge with you. He makes my cooking more challenging, but also a lot healthier.

I offer you one Golden Rule: to enjoy food fully, always taste the food even if you don’t like it. For me it takes a couple of tries to get to know the real flavor.

Enjoy!

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