Friday, October 17, 2008

Kimchi Fried Rice, an addiction


Sorry, our handful of readers, if I haven't been keeping up with my reading and commenting on your blogs. I'm still mired in the moving of stuff and it really is sapping all my energies.

This has been going on for close to two weeks now: by "this," I mean the carrying of boxes to and fro, unpacking and not knowing where to put these items, returning the boxes to where I found them, and then repeating the entire process again. I had thought that I'd be done by now, but I foresee more boxes in my future.

To clarify, I've been done with my stuff since last week. What I am having problems with is the "general" stuff that nobody seems to "own." It's funny that these things that seem to belong to no one somehow ended up in this new house. Boxes of "orphans" that found their way here, for me to scratch my head over.

We haven't really been cooking in the new house yet -- or at least, not yet blogging. We seem to have reverted back to our repertoire of homestyle, quick and easy meals for these hectic aftermath-of-moving days.

Like this kimchi fried rice.

That spatula there is for scale. Unfortunately, the HEIGHT or mound-iness of this batch is not quite obvious from this angle.

One of my first purchases for our fridge in the new house was a jar full of kimchi. I thought at the very least we could have some kimchi fried rice if ever we were so very desperate.

We have lots of eggs in our fridge from the move-in day. It is supposed to be auspicious to bring eggs into a new house. Signs of fertility, I guess?

We've had kimchi fried rice out in restaurants, but I never really thought to make it at home until I tested Jaden's kimchi fried rice recipe for her upcoming Steamy Kitchen cookbook.

I tell you, that opened the fried rice floodgates! With Jaden's fried rice technique, I didn't have the problem of getting "tired" by tossing and tossing a big pan of rice.

After making kimchi fried rice that first time, we got addicted! We have to have it now, at all sorts of odd hours too. Our mother, CSC -- they've both requested kimchi fried rice many times. Sometimes, especially after particularly long days, nothing beats sitting down to a moundful of this kimchi fried rice.

This is so good that we can finish this whole skillet just the two of us -- and we have! Just look at the proof above.

On the bright side of being behind, because I haven't done any blog-reading in the past week or so, I do have a lot of delicious stuff to get caught up on! I can't wait to get back in the swing of things in the next week or so.

eatingclub vancouver Korean
Korean Sprouts & Spicy Cold Cucumber Salad
Kimchi Fried Rice, an addiction
Korean Soybean Sprouts Pancake (Kongnamul Jeon)
Korean Pork Bulgogi (with Muu Namul, Kong Namul)
Korean Roast Salmon
Korean Fried Chicken
Korean Sweet Potatoes with Yangnyeom Sauce
Japchae / Jap Chae (Korean Glass Noodles with Vegetables)
Brown Rice Bibimbap (Korean Rice Bowl)
Korean Oxtail Soup (Gom Tang)

Posts featuring recipes tested from Jaden's Steamy Kitchen cookbook:
Tea-smoked Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Dijon Mustard
Shrimp Chips with Five-Spice Beef
Kimchi Fried Rice, an addiction
Crispy Tofu with Sweet Chili Soy Sauce
Sweet Soy Pork with Potato Chips


  1. You poor thing, I hope the move is finally over soon!

  2. Mmmmm that egg yolk is a sin! The whole dish is a sin!!! MMmmmm love it, love it!
    We had a similar one here called Arroz a la Cubana, the rice has some bacon and the fried egg is served on top... so similar.
    Hope to see your faces soon!

  3. Wow. I am officially starving! I love spicy rice and fried eggs. Beautiful photos as usual.

  4. I can just imagine that this is wonderful -- and warming.

    Here's to hoping that the moving activities settle down in a bit -- and allow you to eat more than kimchi fried rice (delish as it is)!

  5. I had put off blog reading until last night, and it was fun to read everything all at once. This is proof that we are kindred. I ADORE kimchi fried rice and posted one once about our Ramp Kimchi fried rice. So good!

  6. I know what you mean. I move a lot and it's hard to keep up with normal daily routine. That rice looks great.

  7. interesting!1 Kimchi fried rice!.take it easy,moving is really a pain in the axx!.I have unpacking.

  8. YAY! looks beautiful! thx for testing.


  9. Kimchi fried rice is nice and simple and tasty. Add a fried egg with a runny yolk and it gets even better!

  10. no worries. moving is a biotch. i have a hard time keeping up w/ blogs just from having a life of any sort. this dish is one of my faves to order at our korean rest. in the hood. the next day my ass isn't too happy, but while i'm eating it, i sure am happy. sorry to be crass, but it's true.

  11. Yes.....I made my kimchi rice in rice cooker evolving as bibimbap before. If you have it fried, I think it is even better!..and with the runny egg...OMG!

  12. This looks so good! It will be a new taste sensation for me. I can't wait to try it.

  13. This sounds so good. Don't hurt yourself while moving!

  14. Yummm! Half cooked eggs make almost anything better (not that kimchi fried rice needs to be made better).

  15. the runny egg oozing down the rice is such a decadent, tasty shot. Hope all's well with the moving ^_^

  16. kat:
    Soon, I hope, soon. Thanks!

    Yes, runny yolks are the best! Kimchi are in Asian store, yes. But, even regular supermarkets may have them.

    Núria said:
    Teehee. Yolk-ooze is the best. =D


    maybelle's mom:
    Ramp kimchi, you say! I saw your squash kimchi and thought that was unusual. Will check out the ramp kimchi.

    Hopefully the "regular" routine will happen soon. =)

    Thanks for the well wishes.

    It was DEFINITELY our pleasure! =D

    We've been thinking of making kimchi ourselves, eventually. Read up on your attempt on it. Very encouraging! =)

  17. We Are Never Full:
    Haha, yes, reading other blogs alone is a FT job, it seems. I guess our asses are used to rice, since we have it almot every meal. ;D

    Ooh, bibimbap made in a rice cooker, you say. Intriguing. Am wanting to make bibimbap one of these days.

    I think kimchi fried rice should be a good introduction to kimchi. =)

    Will try.

    Marc @ NoRecipes:
    Ate some fried eggs for lunch just earlier today myself. =) With runny yolks, of course.


  18. I moved at the end of August and we're STILL unpacking boxes. I feel your pain!! It doesn't help when some people shake their heads knowingly and say, "Yup. Some of them boxes will NEVER be unpacked, ya know." Keep motivated!

  19. Choosy Beggar Tina:
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. It's good to know we're not particulary disorganized or something. Heheh. =)

  20. the egg... that photo.

    a total wow. but i need a recipe, a technique, a hint...

  21. i LOVE the idea of the oozing egg on top! good luck getting settled in after the move - I feel your pain...
    Once it's all said and done though, it feels great... so you can always look forward to that and more fried rice along the way :)

  22. Oh my... I may just need to make myself another dinner!

    The egg!!

  23. Antonio Tahhan:
    Thanks! At least it seems like the end *is* in sight, moving-wise.

    Teehee, I knew that yolk-ooze food p*rn shot would attract at least some people. =)

  24. Ugh - moving sucks. Glad it's over! That first pic is absolutely mouth-watering!

  25. Jeanne:
    Thanks! We;re in the house, but i don't think the "moving" is quite over. It'll be over when everything has finally has a place!

  26. Yummy! That looks great, especially the egg that's oozing on top. Simple lovely!


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