Kimchee

I’m privileged to have my Korean friend, Allie to show me how to make Kimchee. Kimchee is the staple side dish for Korean and Korean eats Kimchee almost in every meal.

Kimchee is a traditional dish of fermented chillie peppers and vegetables, usually based on cabbage. The word Kimchee originate from ‘chim-chae’ which means steeped/submerged vegetables.

Allie always have Kimchee in her fridge. When her Kimchee ran out of supply, she’ll make a big batch which last for 3 months.

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Allie emphazised that the ingredients for making Kimchee must be bought from Korean groceries stores. Though the ingredients sound like ordinary ingredients which you can buy from many other groceries stores, Allie said they taste different.

Here are the ingredients for making Kimchee.

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  • cabbage
  • radish
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • fish sauce
  • salted shrimp
  • chillie peppers
  • sea salt
  • brown sugar
  • a pair of gloves

Allie told me that the chilli peppers were from her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law planted the peppers and dried and grinded them herself. They are all organic.

Allie usually bought a whole box of cabbages and several radishes for making Kimchee. The box contains 8 large cabbages.

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Kimchee and Pork Fried Rice

Today’s Community Kitchen cooking class was led by Wonnie. Although Wonnie is a quiet and unassuming person but she led the class well today.

Wonnie made two dishes today. The first dish is Tofu pudding. I had featured the Tofu Pudding recipe in my blog sometime ago and so I would not describe Wonnie’s recipe. Click here for the tofu pudding recipe.

Now, the second dish that Wonnie made was Kimchee and Pork Fried Rice.

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The Kimchee and Pork Fried Rice is very appetizing with a mild tanginess and spiciness from the kimchee. We all enjoyed it very much.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked rice, preferably overnight rice
  • 100g kimchee, shredded
  • 100g minced pork
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • dried seaweed shreds

Marinate

  • 2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon oil

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