Kimchi is a representative Korean food that never fails to be on the Korean tabletop. Its sour and spicy, yet crispy and refreshing taste is truly unique among the myriad of dishes in the world. Most Koreans are so deeply in love with kimchi that almost every family has at least two types of it for every meal. Even for single-person households, the minimal food they always keep in the refrigerator is kimchi.
Many Korean dishes are made with kimchi as an ingredient. One of them is kimchi-bokkeumbap. It is a fried rice dish that requires just two things: rice (better if it is cooled down) and kimchi. It is also takes little time to cook. But best of all, the dish makes a perfect meal by itself.
The sour and sweet taste of kimchi-bokkeumbap is the best way to stimulate the appetite. Thanks to the kimchi, the dish has a very crunchy texture.
Even foreigners who are reluctant to have kimchi because of its strong smell and taste give kimchi-bokkeumbap positive evaluations. Super youtuber Josh Carrott (a.k.a. Korean Englishman) posted on YouTube the video clip “English people try kimchi-bokkeumbap for the first time” where English people, after their first experience with the dish, said that it tasted “amazing” and they would have it frequently.
Below is the basic recipe. You can add to it some canned tuna, spam, or pork according to your preferences and make different types of kimchi-bokkeumbap. Many people love to top the dish with cheese.
How to Make Kimchi-bokkeumbap
Main ingredients: 2 cups rice, 200g kimchi, 50g beef, an onion, a carrot, a king oyster mushroom, a shiitake mushroom
Seasoning ingredients: 1Tbsp sesame oil, 1Tbsp sesame, a little bit of sugar, salt, black pepper powder
1. To cook rice, use a ratio of 1:2 water to soaked rice.
2. Chop the beef into pieces half a centimeter in size. Mix them with the seasoning.
3. Cut kimchi into 1x1.5cm-sized pieces. Chop the onion, carrot, king oyster mushroom, and shiitake into 5mm x 5mm-sized pieces.
4. Oil the pan and fry the kimchi.
5. Take another pan and fry the beef first; then add the onion, carrot, and mushroom.
6. Add rice and the rest of the ingredients to the pan with fried kimchi.
7. Separately, fry an egg (sunny side-up).
8. Garnish the top of the dish with the fried egg before serving.
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