Kimchi to Koreans is like rice to Filipinos, pasta to Italians, or potatoes to Americans. Native to Korea, Kimchi is a dish, which contains fermented vegetables. Frequently served as a side dish, it is loaded with beneficial probiotics for your healthy gut. With its interesting and complex flavor and health benefits, it is no surprise that more and more people are getting hooked.
Maybe you have heard of Kimchi, but you are not exactly how to use it in cooking.Here are 5 ways to make Kimchi the star of the show. Depending on your current lifestyle eating plan, be creative and adjust the recipes to fit your needs.
1. Fried Rice
If you’re sick of Chinese fried rice, make Kimchi fried rice instead! For the ingredients, you need a bowl of cooked rice, 1 1/2 cups kimchi, cut-up Chinese sausage or Chorizo, 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos, minced green onion, 1 egg, and salt and pepper to taste. Stir fry the kimchi before adding the rice and the rest of the ingredients and enjoy!
2. Grilled Cheese Sandwich or Quesadilla
Chop the kimchi into small pieces and simply add it as a layer in your sandwich or on your tortilla. If you have any left-over Chorizo from your fried rice recipe, this may be a tasty addition. Cook to your preference and enjoy! I am sure you will agree that there is something about the combination of kimchi and cheese that produces a whole new level of flavor and texture.
3. Deviled Eggs
If you would like to add a twist to your plain deviled eggs, an easy way to do it is to add kimchi! You will need 2 hardboiled eggs, 1 tablespoon chopped kimchi, 1 tablespoon chopped bacon, 2 chopped mint leaves and 1 tablespoon mayonnaise or substitute. Mix the yolks with the rest of the ingredients then scoop the filling to the egg white halves and enjoy!
Who knew that kimchi can also be eaten for breakfast? But then again, a kimchi omelet is so good that you would want to eat it for lunch and dinner too! Apart from chopped kimchi, you can also add scallions and shiitake or cremini mushrooms into the egg mixture.
5. Kimchi Pancakes
Kimchi may also be used to make a traditional Korean pancake, known as kimchi jun in Korean. The dish may be served as a hearty snack, an appetizer, or a side dish to any Korean meal or Asian meal. It is also a great way to use leftover vegetables.
What you will need: 2 cups of rice flour, 1.5 cups of water, 1-2 cups chopped kimchi depending on your taste, and any other vegetables you would like to add, along with additional spices. Mix all of the ingredients together and let them sit for 10 minutes to blend. While waiting, warm medium skillet over medium heat and a small amount of coconut oil, ghee or butter to coat the bottom of the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until brown and flip to cook on the other side for 1-2 additional minutes. Serve with a side of soy sauce or coconut aminos. Add a side of greens or tofu for a complete meal!