The New York Times has many interesting recipes. I especially like the ones from Melissa Clark and Sam Sifton. This one from Grace Lee (adapted by Francis Lam…and further by me) caught my eye. It was titled Kimchi Fried Rice and suggested the option of adding Spam, which would reflect many Koreans’ love of food that was introduced by the American military. It would not be my personal choice but I haven’t tried it. You could certainly add leftover turkey to the dish.
The comments after each recipe are always entertaining and often useful. They suggest further modifications to the recipe according to the commenters personal dietary needs and taste. Several caught my eye, especially one person who said they used this with riced cauliflower instead of rice. If you are a regular reader you know I am a big fan of riced cauliflower. Quite a few have been written on this blog over the years. BTW, if you are looking for a particular recipe or ingredient, click on categories on the right side. Cauliflower has one all to itself. The categories only show up on the computer version of the blog, unfortunately it won’t work on the mobile app.
The pictures do not do this dish justice, it was delicious even though mostly brown. For extra protein I would recommend putting a fried egg on top. Maybe a garnish of parsley or cilantro for color??? Or, as the NYT recommended crumbled or slivered nori and sesame seeds on top of your fried egg. None of those were immediately available but I will post more pictures when I make this again.
My holiday week included two birthdays as well as Thanksgiving. I am looking for ways to lighten our meals for a few days.
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 1 cup of roughly chopped kimchi
- 2 tablespoons of kimchi juice
- 1 package of pre-riced cauliflower or 1 small cauliflower, trimmed and riced in your food processor to rice like consistency
- 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, or to taste
- 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame oil, or to taste
- 1 tablespoon of gojuchang
- Fried shallots for garnish.
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and spread the cauliflower out evenly. Place the sheet pan on the lowest shelf of your oven and roast for 20 minutes, or until the cauliflower on the edges is starting to brown. Remove and let cool a bit while you prepare the rest.
- Mix the soy sauce, sesame oil and gojuchang together in a small bowl. Put the sauce beside the stove. The cauliflower rice will quickly overcook so you will need to move quickly once you add it to the skillet.
- In a non-stick or well-seasoned skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions. Cook until the onions start to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add the kimchi and the kimchi juice and bring to a boil.
- Add the cauliflower rice to the skillet, mix quickly, then add the sauce. Toss it all together and taste to see if you need to add any further seasoning.
- Turn out into a serving dish and add the shallots on top.