If you’ve read my earlier food posts, you know that I’m a no-fuss kinda cook. Nothing fancy, schmancy. Just tasty food that requires low effort. In honor of that, this week, I dusted off an old recipe that I hadn’t made in a while- Kimchee Fried Rice. Except this time, I kicked it up a notch by using Bhutanese red rice. Don’t be scared by this ingredient. You can find it widely at most nicer grocery stores (like Whole Foods) in their bulk grains section. It’s better than regular white rice in that it’s more al dente and the color is pretty, too. The firmer texture is better for making fried rice, so it won’t get too smooshy. What I love about this dish is that it sounds impressive, but it’s so easy!
P.S. People often think I’m Korean (I think it’s because of my big cheeks), but I’m not. I hope that doesn’t make you think any less of the recipe. It’s still totally legit.
Easy Kimchee- Bhutanese Fried Rice
Prep time: As fast as you can chop up onions and kimchee
Cook time: About as long as the rice cooker takes to cook your rice
- A little less than a jar of regular size kimchee (diced)
- About a fistful of meat (either ground turkey, chicken, or beef)
- 1 shallot diced
- ½ medium onion diced
- 2 stalks of green onion (sliced pretty)- garnish
- 1 cup Bhutanese Red Rice
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- Soy sauce to taste
- Salt and pepper OR fish sauce (for chicken only)
- Put the Bhutanese Red Rice in the rice cooker and cook it! 1 part rice to 2 parts water. Let the rice cook for about 20 minutes before starting to combine the rest of the ingredients (below).
- In a large wok, heat up the sesame oil until hot and add diced up shallots and onions. Saute until onions are translucent.
- Add the meat (either ground chicken/ turkey/beef) to the wok and season with salt/pepper (or fish sauce with chicken if you want it tastier). Cook until done.
- Then, add in diced up kimchee. If there is liquid in the jar, pour some in the wok for more flavor. Stir all the ingredients together until combined.
- Add cooked rice to the wok and mix until combined.
- Plate and garnish with the green onions on top. Congrats, you’re done!