Spicy Kimchi Stew

This is a great weeknights meal – if you are vegan leave our pork belly. This is adapted from Food & Wine.

  • 1/2 lb pork belly, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 lb jar kimchi, drained, 1/4 c liquid reserved
  • 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 oz shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp gochugaru
  • 1 bag baby spinach
  • Salt
  • One 14-ounce container silken tofu
  • Steamed short-grain rice, for serving

In a medium-size nonreactive pot, cook the pork belly pieces over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is
sizzling and the pork is light golden, about 8 minutes. Add the kimchi and the onion, and cook, stirring occasionally,
until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes.

Add the reserved kimchi
liquid, mushrooms, gochujang, gochugaru, and 4 cups of water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, and cook over moderately low heat for 10 minutes.

Season stew with salt. Stir in tofu, breaking up and bring to a boil. Stir in spinach just before serving. Serve with rice.

Serves 4.

Kimchi Bowl

Leave out the egg for a great vegan meal!

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt
  • 1/4 c peanut oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • Salad greens
  • 4 eggs, poached
  • 4 c warm, cooked rice
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 1 c kimchi, chopped
  • Scallions, sliced thin
  • Crumbles seaweed snack sheets

Combine soy sauce, ginger, vinegar and peanut oil in a small jar, shake to combine.

Toss greens with 1 – 2 tbsp of the sauce to coat. Divide remaining ingredients amount bowls and serve with dressing to spoon over the bowl.

Serves 4.

Kimchi Pork Chops

Another winner from Melissa Clark.

1 bunch of kale, stems removed, leaves torn

2 tbsp peanut oil

2 pork rib chops

Salt and pepper

1/4 c sake or dry white wine

1 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tbsp fish sauce

3/4 c kimchi, chopped

3 scallions, sliced thin

Cooked brown rice

Blanch kale and set aside.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add oil. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Sear on both sides about 3 minutes and transfer to a plate.

Add sake or wine to the skillet, scraping up brown bits. Reduce then add sugar, fish sauce, kale and kimchi. Nestle pork into the kale/kimchi mixture and heat until cooked through 3 – 6 minutes.

Divide among plates and garnish with scallions.

Serves 2.

Crispy Chicken with Crispy Rice, Bok Choy & Kimchi Vinaigrette 

Winner winner chicken dinner!! This one is a bit of work, but so worth it. 

Jasmine Rice, 3 cups warm cooked white rice
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
2 tbsp olive oil
4 small bok choy, halved lengthwise
Salt and Pepper
1/4 c plus 2 tablespoons Kimchi
2 cups shredded roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken
Thai basil sprigs

Roasted Chicken
1 whole chicken
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 500.

Generously salt the chicken inside and out. Season with pepper. Place in a roasting pan and roast for 50 – 70 minutues until it is 162. Cool fpr a few then carve and set aside.

Kimchi Vinaigrette
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
3/4 c olive oil
2 tbsp kimchi

Blend with an immersion blender and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 of the rice with the canola oil. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the bok choy cut side down and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, 5 – 7 min per side. Transfer to a plate.

In a bowl, toss the crispy rice with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of cooked rice and 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette.

Transfer to shallow bowls and top with the bok choy and chicken. Spoon the remaining vinaigrette into the bowls. Garnish with basil.

Serves 4 – 6.

Kimchi Spam Pizza

This crazy pizza just came to me last night! I really thought it would be fun to put kimchi on a the corn meal crust, and American cheese, spam and some fresh pineapple just seemed like the perfect accompaniment. Don’t hate me because I love spam. 

1 cornmeal crust or regular pizza
4 – 8 slices america cheese
1/2 c kimchi, drained and chopped
1/2 spam, cubed and cooked crispy
1/2 c fresh pineapple, chopped

Preheat oven to 450.

If using regular pizza dough roll it out. Top with american cheese, kimchi, crispy spam and pineapple. Bake until cheese is melted and crust is crispy.

Serves 2 – 4.

Kimchi Sausage Sliders

This is not so much a recipe as a bringing together of food items. It is delicious and brings in a combo of some tasty Korean flavors. And yes, American cheese is what should be used for this one 😉

4 Chicken Sausages (I used the kimchi ones from trader joes), sliced in 1/2 and lengthwise
8 small Hawaiian rolls
1 jar of kimchi
8 slices American cheese
Mayo, preferable Kewpie brand

Heat a grill over medium high heat. Cook sausages about 3 minutes per side. Toast buns.

Spread mayo on buns, top with sausage, cheese and kimchi.

Serves 4.

Kimchi Pancake

These are from F&W and quite tasty if info say so myself!

2 tsp sugar
1/4 c soy sauce
2 rice wine vinegar
2 tsp jarred kimchi liquid
1 tsp roasted sesame seeds

3 TBSP jarred kimchi liquid
1 tsp black bean sauce
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp canola oil
3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c chopped drained kimchi
4 scallions, cut into 1-inch lengths

In a bowl, whisk 1 TBSP of warm water with the sugar until dissolved; whisk in the remaining ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk 1/2 c plus 1 TBSP of water with the kimchi liquid, black bean sauce, salt and 1 teaspoon of the canola oil. Add the flour and stir just until a batter forms. Fold in the kimchi and scallions.

Spray a non stick skillet or griddle and heat over medium heat. Pour batter onto skillet in 1/2 c quantities. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown and crisp on the bottom, 4 minutes. Carefully flip the pancake; cook over moderate heat until crisp and cooked through, 3 minutes longer. Transfer the pancake to a paper towel–lined plate to drain; serve with the soy-sesame dipping sauce.