Kimchi Fried Rice
March 19, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
Fastest Way to the Heart
Fried rice is an ancient ‘let’s-cook-what-we-have-on-hand’ classic. In Korea, one of the most popular versions combines two dishes found on almost every table: cooked rice and kimchi. Recipes for kimchi bokkeumbap (fried rice with kimchi) are as varied as the cooks that create them; so, how did we come up with ours?
Our buyer was culling through one of the many culinary tomes in her collection, when she came across an entry for Kimchi Fried Rice. Hungry with curiosity, she tried it. Not a grain of rice was left on the plate, which provoked interest in pursuing it further. Craving the utmost authenticity, she traveled to South Korea to find a supplier with whom to create our very own Trader Joe’s Frozen Kimchi Fried Rice. We start with fully-cooked sticky rice and stir-fry it with traditional Korean kimchi that’s crafted of salted Napa cabbage, red pepper powder, garlic, leek, ginger and shiitake mushroom. Chopped onions and green bell pepper are tossed in to enhance the texture, while splashes of soy sauce and sesame oil lend depth to the flavor. The result is a vegetarian rice dish defined by its distinct crunch, zingy spice and pickled kimchi essence. It captivates as is, but also welcomes the addition of a fried egg placed right on top or mixed in bits of tofu, Beef Bool Kogi or bacon. If you like the sound of our recipe, wait until you hear about our price: each 14 ounce package Kimchi Fried Rice is $2.69. Find it in our freezers!
Culinary Curiosity: According to pop culture catalogues, Kimchi Fried Rice is crooned about in South Korean love songs. It’s extolled as a dish that can capture the heart. We sure fell for it.