This is a quick meal I really enjoy making for myself. Sautéed mixed mushrooms and tofu, brown rice, kimchi, all tossed together with Korean BBQ sauce then garnished with scallions & black sesame seeds. I also use a bit of kala namak in this dish (It's a black salt high in sulpher that mimics the flavour of eggs. It's totally optional but I like to use it. Kimchi Fried rice is often served with a fried egg on top, so using a bit of kala namak is how I achieve the eggy flavour, without the egg!)
Don't be afraid to use what you have on hand to make this a meal. No tofu? leave it out. Don't like mushrooms? Leave those out too. I tossed in asparagus to some of my leftovers. I would probably add shredded kale to this for the added nutritional boost. The kimchi has cabbage, carrot, daikon radish & green onion and the benefit is both that it is the vegetable component of this dish and adds a ton of delicious flavour.
I make kimchi at home because it can be pretty expensive to purchase. The great thing about making Kimchi at home, is you can make a big batch very inexpensively. My last bucket lasted almost a year. If you aren't familiar with it, Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish consisting of salted and fermented vegetables. It is a bit spicy from the korean chili powder. I really love it. If you don't want to make kimchi, you can definitely find it in many grocery stores, but if it is something you enjoy eating, you really need to give my recipe a shot. It's super good for you and is very simple, so really it is a win win. Buckets of delicious healthy kimchi on the cheap!!!
The other main flavour component to this dish is Korean BBQ sauce. I make a batch of the BBQ sauce to keep in my fridge at all times. It is great for flavouring quick veggie rice dishes on the fly when you don't want to spend a lot of time on dinner. This Korean BBQ sauce is a thin sauce, almost like a vinaigrette really. I see many recipes that thicken Korean BBQ in a pan with cornstarch but I prefer it this way for my purposes. It packs a flavour punch. Use it in this recipe, then save the leftovers to drizzle wherever you want!!
Korean BBQ Sauce Recipe:
Kimchi Fried Rice with Mixed Mushrooms & Tofu
You can buy Kimchi but it's totally worth it to make it yourself. (so easy and way more affordable)
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