Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Kimchi Fried Rice

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I’m a recipe tester!

Ok, so that is not exactly true. I haven't taken a new profession. I've only tested one recipe...but still! I don’t let that detract one bit from the thrill of helping (albeit a microscopic bit of help) a fellow food blogger with her soon to be published cookbook! The fabulous Jaden of Steamy Kitchen is coming out with a cookbook (Yay!!! I can’t wait!) and she has enlisted the help of her readers to test recipes. A lot have answered her call for testers! With Jaden’s delicious Asian dishes up for trying, the line goes all the way around the cyber-corner :)

I came in rather late in the game, bumbling around her recipe testing site, reading instructions and seeing the recipe-feedback from other bloggers. I tiptoed about, hoping nobody would notice the newbie (wannabe) recipe-tester on the block. When I got to the recipe list I was hopping with excitement...so many fantastic sounding dishes, each looking (yes, with pictures!) more enticing than the last, and each with the unmistakable Asian stamp of the Steamy Kitchen!

Of all those beauties there, this is the one that fairly jumped off the page and into my lap. Kimchi Fried Rice. C and I are kimchi fanatics! When at a Korean restaurant we usually order one side of kimchi for each of us, which usually is finished by the time our main courses arrive (which them prompts us to order even more kimchi). Anyway, you can just imagine what went through my mind when I saw this recipe...

YESYESYES!

Jaden says it’s a hangover meal, and I have to agree – this could keep even the most wicked of hangovers at bay! The comfort of eating a bowl of fried rice, combined with the spiciness of the kimchi, and the oozing, runny egg yolk...like a wakeup call in a bowl. C and I had been at friend’s house the night before and the, uh, revelry certainly provided the right setting for having this the next morning. So yes, we can both attest to its efficacy in that aspect as well ;)

Hangover or not, we absolutely loved it! I will definitely be making this again...with or without the night-before carousing.

You too can test one of Jaden’s recipes...just visit her recipe testing site here. You need to register but I am confident that the help you give testing recipes will be rewarded with delicious meals and happy diners :)

30 comments:

mikky said...

hey... kimchi fried rice sounds and looks yummy... :)

Manggy said...

Looks delicious! I usually have the salty broth or the spicy-sweet bulgogi with the kimchi when I eat it, though, to cut its sourness :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That's great! A wonderful way of seasoning rice! Delicious sounding and looking!

Cheers,

Rosa

Patricia Scarpin said...

Wow, this looks amazing, darling!
Anything with rice has my undivided attention - many of my fellow Brazilians would agree with me here!

SteamyKitchen said...

Thank you!!! *kisskiss*

ChichaJo said...

Hey Mikky! It is yummy! :)

Hi Manggy! We usually order bulgogi too but end up finishing the kimchi even before it arrives! And so we order more :)

Hi Rosa! It is...and I’ve been eating fried rice all my life so new ways to whip it up are always welcome!

Hi Patricia! And Filipinos as well! Rice is our main staple food :)

Hi Jaden! You are very welcome! We loved this :)

Aran said...

ohh... anything with a fried egg on top is on my favorite list! seriously, i went "ohhh.." when i saw that photo!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

We tested the same recipe. We've never bought kim chi for home before, but ever since making it the one time, we've had kim chi fried rice at least 5 times since! =D

Erin said...

Oh my gosh, I love kimchee and that looks delicious. We always finish the kimchee before our actual meal arrives at the table. I bet it's fantastic paried with egg.

katrina said...

My bro-in-law makes kimchi fried rice sometimes, and I love it! I, too, can attest to the efficacy of fried rice as a hangover remedy. Especially during the past few months, I seem to be making fried rice quite often, and usually on the morning (or more precisely, afternoon) after a night of, uh, revelry. I think it's partly because it's easy to prepare, when I am in no shape to make anything more complicated than stir-fry; it's greasy and spicy, always good things when one is hung over; and I can dump it all in a bowl and eat it with one hand with a spoon, which is all the effort I'm up to when my brain is throbbing. ;-)

Marvin said...

I've tested a couple of recipes for Jaden too, but have been slacking off as of late. I think I'll jump back in with this recipe, and she also has a new adobo recipe that I've had my eye on.

veron said...

I've tested some of her recipes and they were delicious. This fried rice is calling out my name...YUM!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Aran! Me too! Especially with a runny yolk!

Hi TS! We would have liked to make it again but we finished the whole bottle of kimchi alongside this! Gotta buy more...

Hi Erin! It really is good with egg...the oozy, rich yolk and the sharp kimchi spice are perfect foils!

Hi Katrina! A meal in a bowl eaten with a spoon in one hand is the best for post-revelry lethargy! And greasy and spicy always help :) Try it with a runny egg...the best!

Hi Marvin! I spotted that adobo recipe too! So thrilled when I saw it :) That’s the one I want to try next...

Hi Veron! I’m excited to try more :) This was really yummy!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

I have fallen in love with this kimchi fried rice! Looks yummy!

-annabanana- said...

I was once addicted to kimchi rice. I got over it because I started to smell funny. Haha...

Anyways, I have it once in a while and it's still a pleasure.

I always whip it with Spam. =D

greasemonkey said...

= ) that's a great pic! you're pretty handy with a camera!

that would probably go well with some fried danggit, wouldn't it? or crispy grilled tawilis! it almost makes me want to go drinking just to see how it nurses a hangover! hehe.. thanks for a great post!

Tartelette said...

Just the title makes me want a big bowl of it right now and I probably won't wait for the hangover!! Beautiful shot!!

Suzana said...

Mmmmm, I could get use to this at some late breakfast! Plus it has stunning colours, and this is a lovely photo. :)

Jen Tan said...

Ohhhh...reminds me of korean telenovelas!!!! =) hahaha Yummy! love flavored rice

christine said...

What a coincidence! We just had bowl after bowl of kimchi fried rice with our yakiniku in Gyumon the other night and it was delicious!! Ahh yes, fried rice after drinks or for hangovers the next day is great, I have to agree! For some reason, anything greasy is good for a hangover for me.

ChichaJo said...

Hi JS! Heehee :) It is yummy...I love kimchi!

Hi Annabanana! That is too funny! Haha! But I know what you mean...I probably smell funny too! Spam huh? Hmmm...interesting!

Hi Greasemonkey! Thanks! Oooh...crispy tawilis or fried danggit...both would be excellent with this I think! Now I want to fry up a new batch!

Hi Helene! Thank you :) Go ahead! No hangover necessary!

Hi Suzana! This is an absolutely champion breakfast :)

Hi Jen! Oh my! I remember those! Hahaha...my former officemates and I were so into one of them!

Hi Nens! What a coincidence indeed! Have to check that place out! Greasy food really does help with a hangover...like greasy corned beef from the can (gasp!)! But this rice is not as greasy as that and is a lot healthier too :)

Stella (Sweet Temptations) said...

Love love love your kimchi rice Joey. And the egg on it looks so cute!

james janelle anthony caleb said...

Looks perfectly delicious!

Jude said...

Yum. nice picture! Kimchi + rice is so simple and that egg makes it a meal!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Stella! Thanks! We really enjoyed this dish :)

Thanks James! It was :)

Hi Jude! Yup...the egg is really a great part of the whole dish!

Lael said...

oh yum. I grew up watching my dad chow down on kimchi, and bravely nibbling on little bits of it myself. Then it seemed to suddenly hit me midway through the teen years that I LOVE this stuff. With fried rice and a runny egg on top...I'm ready to hunt down some kimchi!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Lael! I really love this stuff :) Glad to hear you do too!

Anonymous said...

Hi, you guys loves korean kimchi ? Try this....

Tasted it and it's good

http://www.kimchi-shan.blogspot.com

ChichaJo said...

Hi Anon! Thanks for the link :)

Anonymous said...

Damn. I'm getting hungry seeing this, man.