Kimchi Fried Rice

While studying and writing papers I was hankering for something easy and inexpensive to make. I had forgotten about the container of kimchi in the back of the refrigerator and stumbled across it just the other day. So I got to thinking that I should make something with the kimchi. Well I would have had it in a bowl of noodles, but I ran out of noodles a while ago. Instead there was a container of leftover rice and I figured why not combine the two. I was inspired to make this dish from watching Maangchi’s youtube video on Kimchi Fried Rice and just had to make it. But with a few changes.

Here are the ingredient needed for this recipe:

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  • 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/3 cup frozen sweet peas
  • 1/4 cup Spam
  • 1/3 cup kimchi
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp. plum sauce

Step 1: Rinse the frozen sweet peas to remove the ice; set aside.

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Step 2: Cut the Spam and kimchi into small pieces; set aside.

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Step 3: In a large pan, add 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil over high heat.

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Step 4: Add the egg and fry it to however you prefer it. (I like a slightly runny yolk, this way when I cut into the egg the yolk will give the dish a creamy texture.)

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Step 5: Remove the fried egg from the pan and onto the cutting board. (I accidentally broke the yolk, such a sad moment.)

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Step 6: In the same pan, add in the defrosted sweet peas, Spam, and kimchi and cook until heated through.

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Step 7: Add 1/4 cup of water and the rice.

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Step 8: Break the rice up with a spatula and again cook until heated through.

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Step 9: Add in 3-4 Tbsp. kimchi juice and stir to combine.

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Step 10: Add in the sesame oil and toss to combine.

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Step 11: Turn off the heat and add in the plum sauce and stir until well mixed.

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Step 12: Scoop into a large bowl and top it with the fried egg and serve. (I had to make this again the next day, but I added Emoki mushrooms.)

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Spam Musubi

While watching the show “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” I came across Spam Musubi from Mana Bu’s. I just had to recreate it. Since I didn’t want to go the conventional route and make it with the traditional mold. I will be recreating the version on the show, which is similar to an onigiri. Here is a review of Mana Bu’s Musubi.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 1 canned Spam (any flavor you would like to use)
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. mirin(I didn’t have any so I will be making a substitute)
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 3-4 cups of cooked Japanese short grain rice
  • sheets of nori (for sushi making)

Step 1: Slice the Spam into 1/2 inch slices.

Step 2: Brown the Spam in a skillet over high heat until both sides are browned.

Step 3: In a small bowl, combine the soy sauce, oyster sauce, mirin, water, and sugar until the sugar is dissolved.

Step 4: Once the Spam is done browning, turn the heat down to low and pour in the sauce mix.

Step 5: Simmer the sauce gently for 20-30 minutes, the sauce will have thicken as well.

Step 6: Once the sauce thickens, take the pan off the heat and set aside. (I will be cutting them in half to fit into the onigiri shape)

Step 7: Wet your clean hands with cold water sprinkle with salt.

Step 8: Take 1/2 cup of the rice and place on one hand. (I couldn’t take pictures for steps 8-12, my hands were covered in water, rice, and nori)

Step 9: Make a dent in the middle of the rice with your other hand.

Step 10: Place in 1 piece of the Spam in the dent.

Step 11: Working rapidly, wrap the rice around the filling, and form into a ball. To make the traditional triangular shape, cup your hand sharply to form each corner, and keep turning it until you are happy with the shape. (I recommend using a mold, it was really difficult keeping it in a triangle shape.)

Step 12: Wrap the musubi with 1-2 strips of nori seaweed.

Bacon Pancakes

Thinking of making my fluffy pancakes I looked into the refrigerator and saw a packet of bacon. I didn’t feel like just eating that beside the pancakes. So I figured I could combine the two. A fair warning, this is not for the faint of heart and so not healthy in any way, shape, or form. I was able to make 8-9 pancakes.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

Step 1: Fry up the bacon until crispy

Step 2: Place crispy bacon on a paper towel and reserve the bacon drippings.

Step 3: Cut up the bacon strips and add to the pancake batter.

Step 4: Proceed to cook the pancake batter as indicated in the Fluffy Pancake recipe. (Use the reserved bacon drippings to grease the pan for each pancake)

Stir-Fried Gochujang

Finding myself surrounded with containers of Gochujang, is a savory and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chili, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt, and not really sure what to do with it all. I was tired of making bibimbap, a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The ingredients are stirred together thoroughly just before eating. It can be served either cold or hot. So I figured I could make the gochujang into a stir fry.

Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:

  • 2/3 cup Gochugang
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup ground pork or beef
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp. water

Sauce

  • 1/2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. mirin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
  • ground black pepper

Step 1: In a small bowl, combine the ingredients for the sauce; set aside.

Step 2: Rinse the ground meat in cold water.

Step 3: Add the ground meat to the sauce and allow it to marinate for 5 minutes.

Step 4: In a large pan, add the sesame oil over medium heat.

Step 5: Add in the meat and stir well until no more pink is showing.

Step 6: Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Step 7: Cook for 3 minutes and remove from heat.

Step 8: Serve hot over rice and topped with vegetables. (I found it a bit salty to me, so next time I’m going to add some sugar)

American Breakfast

I felt the need to make some heart wrenching breakfast. So I made a traditional American breakfast to quench this need. The breakfast consisted of: bacon, scrambled eggs, and fried toast. I cooked it all in the same pan, but at different times. Cooked the bacon first so that I could use the bacon grease for frying up the other items. Next I scrambled the eggs and fried them up. Finally I used some of the bacon grease and fried the bread. I feel fat now, but I can’t help it. Fatty foods are just so yummy.

  • 3 slices of bacon, fried till crisp
  • 3 large eggs, scrambled with some milk and sugar
  • 2 slices of potato bread

Ending the meal with a cup of tea.

Notes: You could also add some fluffy pancakes to this meal and a glass of orange juice.

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