Fried rice is one of our much loved meals because it’s simple and fast to make. Here we continue our Korean food journey with Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap). We have been cooking this for 3 whole weeks because we couldn’t go home to cook lunch, still we would crave it so much.
Like chinese fried rice, kimchi fried rice is made from leftover steamed rice and kimchi. For this kimchi fried rice that we made however, we cooked the ingredients together with the uncooked rice in the rice cooker. One pot meals are the best!! We found that using this method allows us to use more kimchi juice for better flavouring. The salt from the kimchi juice means we don’t have to add any additional seasoning (we like to think that it’s healthier this way). The only thing is we had to stir fry some of the ingredients first. To top it off, we add shredded cheddar cheese to our kimchi fried rice when it is cooked. You’ll be surprise that the melted cheese actually goes well together with the rice!!! You can use any ingredients you have at home to make this. Most people add a fried egg to complete the meal but we always ate ours without one.
We actually used our very own homemade kimchi to make this dish (Yes,Kimchi made here in the UK!! we will write a post on a simple way to make your own kimchi soon).
Here’s how we make our kimchi fried rice.
2.5 cups of uncooked brown rice
1 cup kimchi juice
2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBS vegetable oil
1 chicken breast, diced
200g white mushrooms, sliced
spring onions, chopped
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Heat a frying pan with 1 TBS vegetable oil. Saute the garlic until fragrant then add in the diced chicken breast. Stir fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the sliced mushrooms, kimchi and kimchi juice. Stir fry for a few minutes.
- In the rice cooker, add the uncooked rice and water, then pour the stir fried ingredients in.
- Leave to cook.
- To serve, add some shredded cheddar cheese (Melt it with the rice in the microwave oven for 1 minute if necessary). Garnish with spring onions.
- You can use white rice. Just add equal amounts of water to rice.
- Use a family sized rice cooker since lots of ingredients goes into it.