Kimchi Fried Rice

by Sissi Chen
Man nehme für 2 Personen:

200g kimchi 
20g butter
400g cooked rice
2 eggs
2 spring onions
2 garlic cloves
toasted sesame seeds
sesame oil
cooking oil

Kimchi fried rice is a dish that feels like a hug from your imaginary Korean grandma. It’s fragrant, comforting and most of the ingredients are staples in many households. The recipe is easy to follow and easy to double or triple for friends and family.

The most important thing is to use leftover rice. Leftover rice is not as moist as freshly cooked rice and won’t clump while stir frying. Set your leftover rice aside because we will start chopping the other ingredients first.

Chop the kimchi straight out of the jar into bite sized pieces. Keep all the valuable juices, we’re going to add them later into the frying pan. Wash the spring onions and peel the garlic. Chop both finely. Set some chopped green onions aside for the last finish.
In a frying pan, add the butter, the chopped spring onions, the chopped garlic, and the chopped kimchi. Fry for a minute until fragrant.
Add the rice and stir very well, so every grain of rice is covered with the kimchi flavor. Keep stirring until the rice doesn’t stick together anymore and add all kimchi juice you have. Stir fry until the rice looks juicy but not moist.

In another pan heat up some cooking oil and crack up the eggs sunny side up. Season your kimchi fried rice with salt and pepper to your taste. Add a splash (about half a teaspoon) of sesame oil for the finish.

To serve, spoon the kimchi fried rice into a bowl and add the sunny side egg on top. If you are feeling fancy, sprinkle some green onions and toasted sesame seeds for visual perfection.

Side note: If you are vegan, you can also get vegan kimchi by NaNum and just omit the egg. Instead of the butter, use olive oil or any other oil you prefer. The toasted sesame seeds, green onions and garlic can be varied to your taste.

Sissi Chen
Sissi Chen is a food content creator based in Berlin. She's passionate about connecting people through food and culture. On Instagram, she shares her culinary adventures. With each dish she tries to put some emphasize on the cultural legacy and identity in a fun and approachable way.