Kimchi Fried Rice

I have a co-worker whose wife is of Korean descent.

One day while we were standing on cafeteria duty together, I mentioned that I had had the most delicious kimchi fries from a local food truck that past weekend.

He looked at me amazed.

I said I loved them and I really wanted to learn to make kimchi.

Again, he looked at me amazed.

This conversation took place over a year ago.

One morning this past week, I found a jar of kimchi waiting for me on my desk.   He said it was made “with love” by his mother-in-law.   I was in heaven.  (He warned me not to open the jar in the office, however, because of the smell.)

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I rushed home and looked for recipes and excitedly told The Hubs about our gift.

He asked me if I was going to open it in the house….


Although I will probably throw this stuff on french fries (ala Lone Wolf food truck) or a baked potato, I wanted to find some more recipes.

Kimchi Fried Rice
based on Kimchi Fried Rice with Fried Egg

1 cup rice, cooked as directed
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 c. finely chopped yellow onion
1/4 c. shredded carrots
1 small garlic clove, finely minced
coarse sea salt
1/2 c. finely chopped  kimchi
1 t. soy sauce
2 farm fresh eggs
1 scallion, white and light green parts only, very thinly sliced

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, garlic and a pinch of salt.

Cook, stirring often, until the onions and carrots begin to soften and the onions just begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

Turn the heat to high and add the kimchi and cook for 2 or 3 minutes until it begins to crisp on the edges.

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Add the soy sauce and rice and stir thoroughly to combine. Cook until the rice is warmed through and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.

Whisk eggs and add to mixture.   Cook until eggs are done.

Garnish each serving with the chopped scallion.


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I went back to work the morning after making this to thank my coworker and to tell him to profusely thank his mother-in-law who had made the kimchi.

Again, he was amazed…


(I also want to try this Kimchi Avocado Quesadilla.)





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