June 30, 2023
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In recent years, Korean dishes and Asian cuisine in general have become increasingly popular in western countries. One of the most popular and iconic Korean foods is kimchi. As a fermented food full of vitamins and probiotics, eating kimchi has many health benefits for your heart and digestive system. Check out these nutritious and tasty Korean foods that feature kimchi.
Also known as Kimchijeon, kimchi pancakes are very simple and quick to make as it only requires 6 ingredients. These pancakes on Maangchi’s website are savory, tangy, crispy and a tad sweet. Kimchijeon is often paired with white rice or a bowl of soup as a side dish. For this recipe, it’s recommended to use a non-stick pan or lots of oil so the pancakes don’t fall apart.
Since kimchi is so flavorful on its own, adding it to your eggs in the morning gives them a kick of intense flavor without having to add much else to it. To really spice up your egg game even more, you can follow this kimchi omelet recipe that includes sliced zucchini and green onions to up your veggie intake.
Tomatoes, lettuce and carrots make this omelet kimchi sandwich a healthy and filling breakfast option. This recipe also recommends using whole wheat bread for an even healthier meal. Since this dish calls for just a small amount of kimchi and has several other ingredients, it could be ideal for those who aren’t used to the taste of kimchi but want to get accustomed to it without being overwhelmed.
Kimchi stew, or kimchi-jjigae, is a traditional comfort food in Korea that is made with pork belly, tofu and gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes). This authentic recipe from Maangchi is a thick, spicy stew that requires a bit of advanced preparation in order to make the anchovy stock. For a traditional kimchi stew experience, you can pour it over a bowl of hot sticky white rice.
Also called mandu, Korean dumplings are highly customizable. They can be pan fried or steamed and put in soup or paired with a dipping sauce. Mandu can be filled with a variety of savory ingredients, but foods like pork and kimchi as shown in this recipe are popular fillings. You can buy ready-made dumpling wrappers or make your own with this recipe on Maangchi’s site.
This recipe from My Korean Kitchen combines salty bacon, fresh mushrooms, eggs, tangy kimchi and rice to create a filling and easy meal. To give it an even spicier tang, you could add gochujang (Korean chili paste) or gochugaru (Korean red chili pepper flakes) as well. Fried rice typically turns out the best when the rice is leftover or not too wet in order to get that crisp, stir-fry texture.
Also from My Korean Kitchen, this kimchi udon noodle stir fry is great for a filling last-minute dinner. Udon is a thick wheat noodle from Japan that has a chewy texture and a mild, light flavor. Pairing it with the homemade spicy sauce in this recipe really makes it full of delicious flavor.
Kimchi may sound like an odd pizza topping to some, but it is a tasty Asian fusion option, especially for vegetarians. With a few staple ingredients like tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella cheese, you can whip this pizza up in less than 30 minutes for an easy dinner. You can use a pre-made pizza crust or make your own dough with an easy recipe such as this one.
Well, what are you waiting for? Break out your kimchi and start making these delicious, savory kimchi recipes. Your body and your tastebuds will thank you for it.
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