Kimchi? For those who don’t know, it is a traditional Korean side dish made with salted and fermented vegetables, like cabbage, radish, or cucumber. When it can be eaten as it is, there is still a wide selection of recipes you can enjoy and cook with it. It ranges from snacks, soup, or even as a side dish.
So if you are in the state of channeling your Korean spirit, take your notes as I lay out five delicious ways to eat kimchi.
Kimchi Dumpling is basically a mixture of the side dish, pork, bean sprouts, onions, and scallions, then filled in dumpling wrappers. This can be steamed, boiled, pan-fried, or deep-fried. These are sold as street food or part of a resto menu and although styles vary across regions, majority love it for its savory taste.
Kimchi Fried Rice
Kimchi Fried Rice is the way to go if you want to start your day with a Korean taste. Cooked like the typical fried rice combined with chopped kimchi, vegetables, or meat, if preferred, then minimal seasoning. You can even add an egg for a fancy breakfast. Make sure it is sunny side up; it makes a difference.
Kimchi Stew is best for people who cannot eat without soup. This is one of the most common stews in Korean cuisine. Some people add pork or seafood, scallions, onions, and diced tofu to spice up the dish. This is a good way to fight the cold during the rainy season when eaten with a bowl of steaming hot rice.
Kimchi Pancake is one of the simplest dishes you can make with the famous side dish. It is primarily made with sliced kimchi, flour batter, and vegetables. This is the perfect representation of crunchy and chewy in one. It is great as a snack and goes well with rice as a side dish.
With Korean BBQ (Samgyupsal)
Of course, a samgyupsal session will not be complete without the kimchi! You can see people stacking up a slice of pork, grilled onion, chili pepper, cheese, and then the orange spicy treat in appetizing green lettuce. This adds to the pork’s smoky flavor, making it more exciting to eat.
Now, check your storage for some or run to local supermarkets if you have none. Do not forget to share this recipe with others. Annyeong!
Laica is an ambivert; she loves being alone but gets rowdy with the people she's familiar with. She is an aspiring radio DJ that reads people's stories. When not cooking, you can probably find her under a blanket, watching the latest Korean drama series. She loves complimenting others and make them realize of the goodness they have.