So we’ve rolled the clock back and the fact that it’s so incredibly dark all the time is making my body crave carbs and comfort foods. (Particularly bread crusts which I normally don’t care for). Anyways, I have a ton of leftovers in my fridge and what better way to utilize them than to make a homey fried-rice. Normally, fried-rice calls for anything you have left in the fridge but I absolutely urge you to go out and buy some spicy Korean kimchi to make this dish sing: roasted garlic and smokey chili really makes for an amazing bed for saucy stir-fries.
I didn’t have that much kimchi left in the fridge so the proportion of kimchi to rice was off and it wasn’t incredibly spicy but the flavor it imparts was spot on. And to add to that, I’m not incredibly tolerant of heat (sadface) but I love the smokey flavor of chilis.
Kimchi Fried Rice with Chili-Garlic Sauce and Fried Eggs
2 c. brown rice
1 c. cabbage kimchi, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
1 – 2 tbsp gochujang (a korean red pepper sauce) or chili-garlic sauce or to taste.
3 eggs beaten, and an additional whole eggs per serving
1 carrot, minced
1 leek rinsed and white parts, sliced
1 shallot, sliced
1 garlic, minced
1/4 c. defrosted peas
3 tbsp (light) soy sauce
2 tbsps sesame oil
1 green onion, sliced for garnish
(1/4 lb ground beef or pork, optional)
In a large wok or deep-dish saute pan, saute carrot, leeks, shallots, garlic, and 1 tbsp soy sauce in 1 tbsp sesame oil over high heat. If you are using meat, saute before the veggies until browned. Add sliced kimchi and juices. Stir and incorporate. Add additional gochujang or chili-garlic sauce if desired. Mix in brown rice and peas. Stir to incorporate. Do not cook too long or rice will become soggy.
Make a well in the center of the rice. Add additional tablespoon of sesame oil and pour egg into well. Wait until it sets a bit before stirring the well. After egg has cooked mostly, incorporate it into the rest of the rice. Remove rice from saute pan and fry whole eggs to desired doneness. Serve over hot rice, garnish with green onions and additional kimchi or chili-sauce.