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Monday, May 28, 2012

Quickie: Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice

by Panda

This is just quick blog post about a dish that, while really simple, really makes me happy.  It combines both sides of my heritage using two ingredients - bacon and kimchi.  These two things were made for each other.  The bacon is smokey and unctuous, and the kimchi is hot and a bit sour.  They balance each other perfectly.  The only word of caution I would give is that they're both pretty salty, so when you make this dish, be sure to check it for seasoning before adding salt.

Oh, and if you want to take it over the top, throw a fried egg on top when it's all done.

Kimchi and Bacon Fried Rice

3c day old rice (we like brown rice... your mileage may vary)*
1.5c cabbage kimchi, chopped
1 large carrot, sliced thin
2 green onions, roughly chopped
1/2tbsp grated ginger
3 green thai chiles, minced
3 slices bacon, sliced
2tbsp toasted sesame oil
1tbsp soy sauce

Heat wok up over medium high heat. Add toasted sesame oil and bacon. Cook until the bacon just starts to crisp up (it should still have some chew to it). Add chiles, cook for about 30 seconds. Add carrot, green onion, and kimchi. Cook for about a minute. Add rice, stir to combine and to break the rice up into individual grains. Add soy sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.

* - If you don't have day old rice, use this trick from Ming Tsai: make a batch of rice, spread it out on a sheet tray, and then put it in the freezer for an hour (or in the fridge for a few hours). This will dry the rice out a bit before you cook with it.  Using slightly dry rice is absolutely crucial for good fried rice!

Panda: What should we have for dessert after fried rice?
Mango: What do we have?
Panda: We have butterscotch cupcakes, and that key lime gelato.
Mango: Let's have the gelato after dinner, because it would be nice after having something spicy.
Panda: So you're saying we should have cupcakes now, and gelato later.
Mango: .....yes.


  1. I love the little conversations you guys post with each blog - and I can hear it all in your voices, although sometimes I like to substitute good duos in my Abbott and Costello...and no I won't say which of you is which. Have fun with that.

    1. Sometimes, I pretend to be Murtaugh, and Mango pretends to be Riggs. -Panda