Prepared for Friday, 05/09/08.
Kimchi bokkeumbap (Kimchi fried rice) topped with fried seafood nugget, which is why you can’t see the rice. Multicoloured seedless grapes and strawberries. Slices of banana bread. Tomato sauce packet for the nugget.
The kimchi and seafood nugget is available in Korean markets/groceries store or good Asian grocery store. Hero is not a fan of kimchi but likes it fried with rice.
I used to live with a Korean, who is forever blessing the kitchen with the aroma of Kimchi. Kimchi is a korean version of ‘bachelor’s fare’ or ‘starving, busy student food’. :p I’m not so much a ‘starving student’ now that Hero is constantly around, but a container of kimchi is always present in the fridge for those occassional hunger pangs. Those times when you feel like eating something but don’t want to cook something elaborate.
Kimchi bokkeumbap is marvelous when you’re trying to get rid of petty leftovers. You know, weird combinations of leftovers that doesn’t go well together individually, but you have it in such a pettily small amount that eating it by itself just won’t cut it.
Basic kimchi bokkeumbap is so easy you can cook it while sleeping. For better result though, it’s best cooked with your eyes wide open. Like any other fried rice recipe it also best cooked with cold or day old rice. Freshly cooked rice is fine, but it just won’t taste as good.
Basically, kimchi bokkeumbap is cooked rice, some oil for frying, and kimchi. You fry the kimchi in oil for a couple of minutes, and then add the cold rice and fry both ingredients together. Ta daaaa!
The ratio of rice to kimchi have to be observed, otherwise your rice will just have the colour but not the flavour. My ratio is usually 1:3 of rice to kimchi but that’s because I’m Malaysian and we Malaysians have tummy of steel for this kind of food. I’m used to very strong flavours. I find 1:2 ratio of rice to kimchi works well, just not enough for me.
Now, the measurement here are in bowls because somehow using the term ‘cup’ sounds erroneous and ridiculous. Whoever eats 1 cup of cooked rice? Even the household cat eats a bowl of rice to be satisfied! (Technically though, a cup of cooked rice is usually equivalent to a decent bowl of rice but don’t mind me).
A full, heaping bowl of rice in this context is enough to feed one person. If you usually need two bowls to stay alive, then you need 4 bowls of kimchi for this recipe. If you insist on using cups, then determined how many cups of rice is enough to feed you, and multiply the ratio here with that number of cups.
For example, if you eat 7 metric cups of cooked rice, then you multiply all the numbers here by 7 to get the measurement of the rest of the ingredients. If you eat three ladleful of rice, then multiply three ladle to every ingredients. If you eat a handful of rice, you need two handful of kimchi and you need to get hungry more. A handful of rice…what is wrong with you?!?
The recipe below is for one individual servings. If you’re serving more, crank up your calculator and start with the serious arithmetic of double multiplying everything. :P
Extremely Simple Kimchi Fried Rice
1 bowl of cooked rice
2 bowls of kimchi
1/3 bowl of diced ham steak
Fried egg(s) cut in strips or shredded (optional)
And pieces of whatever COOKED leftover you decide to throw in ( see note 4)
Also NOT recommended for anyone who have a gastric history and tendency. Even if you cut down the ratio of kimchi to rice, the ingredients in kimchi is still strong enough to wreck havoc to your system.