Kimchi Fried Rice (recipe from Episode 1)

Kimchi Fried Rice

Adapted from Kye Soon Hong
Makes 2 hearty servings

4 cups cooked Japanese-style (calrose) rice, cooled and chilled in refrigerator
4 strips bacon, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cups Napa cabbage kimchi, the riper the better, diced
1 tablespoon butter, plus more for frying eggs
2 teaspoons sesame oil
salt and pepper
sesame seeds, for garnish
sliced scallions, white and green parts, for garnish

4 eggs

1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet or wok over medium heat. Add the kimchi and cook several minutes.

2. Raise the heat to high, add the rice and stir-fry several minutes, until rice is beginning to brown.

3. Meanwhile, fry the eggs in butter, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Stir butter and sesame oil into fried rice. Season with salt to taste. Divide into two bowls and top each with two fried eggs. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.

11 thoughts on “Kimchi Fried Rice (recipe from Episode 1)

  1. Carla

    you two made me laugh!! funny repartee and excellent, silly chemistry between you. best of luck with this new venture, i love how you switched books on your bio page…

  2. mamster Post author

    Egg lover, I’m listening on my iPhone right now. The Flash player won’t work, but the MP3 will, and if you wait a day or two, it’ll be available on the iTunes Store.

  3. Cheryl Arkison

    This is great! Although, I must wholeheartedly disagree with the egg and marinara sauce. I order this at least once a week from the Italian joint in my building. In truth the egg is poached in the sauce and that may make all the difference. Served over toast it might be a version of breakfast heaven.

  4. josh g.

    First comment! …from someone who actually made and loved the Kimchi fried rice! Well, to be honest I don’t know if we’re brave (crazy?) enough to have it with bacon next time, but we’ll try sneaking in an alternative and see how it goes. Totally making it again though.

    Also, while we were at it we’ve finally tried a handful of Hungry Monkey recipes: pad thai, sticky rice, and bibimbap. And I’ve had fried eggs for breakfast. This is shaping up to be an excellent week for food.

  5. mamster Post author

    Charr, I didn’t delete any comments from you. Sorry if anything failed to make it through. There is a comment from you on the episode post.

  6. gLee

    So much fun! Looking forward to the next episode, and glad you used this one to talk about one of my favorite activities ever, namely, putting a fried egg on nearly everything! (Not, agreed, on cake, but on baked potatoes or creamed spinach or sauteed leeks . . .mmmm.) Thanks!

  7. Anne

    I heard the White Stripes cover of “Braisin’ USA” a couple of years ago. It was great, but it didn’t capture that winter-slow-cooking vibe so central to the Beach Boys’ sound.

    Can’t wait to have some kimchi fried rice! Thanks for the recipe and the laughs.

  8. Mary

    I love fried eggs on everything too! The way I was taught to make kimchi fried rice was with lots of butter and Spam! Apparently it’s popular because of all the US military bases. Anyway, it’s the only time I eat Spam and it’s good! So is bacon, though.

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