Globalization is taking storm, and we are always being introduced to new flavors and dishes from all around the world. Kimchi is making its way into American grocery stores, and more people know and love this unique Korean staple.
Fusion foods are also increasingly popular, so it’s not wonder that people have found unique ways to incorporate kimchi into a variety of different recipes. Here are a few delicious ways you can add a little spice to your meal!
On Your Burgers (Or on the Side)
Since kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish, it has a similar sourness to pickles, so it can easily add that extra bit of salty-sour goodness you’re looking for. You can either throw some kimchi on your burger instead of pickles–or in addition to if you’re looking for A LOT of flavor–or on the side with your fries. Kimchi adds a nice kick of red pepper to your traditional hamburger.
Kimcheese (Kimchi and Cheese)
Who knew kimchi and cheese were a match made in heaven? The sharp sourness and spice of kimchi cuts the richness of cheese, especially in foods like nachos and quesadillas. For nachos, you can just chop up a bit of kimchi and sprinkle it on top for the perfect balance of creamy and spicy. Incorporate kimchi into your quesadillas by throwing some onto your tortilla before folding it over. Once you’ve experienced the dynamic flavors of kimchi and cheese, you’ll never look at food the same way again.
Back to the Basics
Kimchi has a long shelf life, but that doesn’t prevent it from fermenting further when it sits over time. You might find that after a few weeks in your fridge, your kimchi has become incredibly sour, and Koreans know exactly what to do! Kimchi chigae is a traditional Korean dish, often referred to as kimchi stew. Just toss your kimchi into a pot with some water, tofu, and meat, let it boil, and serve it with rice. It’s one of the easiest dishes to make!
Perfect Kimchi Pancakes
Savory kimchi pancakes are absolutely delectable, and easy to make. Mix kimchi into flour or mung bean paste with veggies and meat of your choosing, sprinkle on some green onion, and you have a delicious and nutritious snack!
Just Fry it In
Kimchi Fried Rice:
Kimchi fried rice is another one of those quick and easy dish that requires few ingredients. Stir a pan of rice with kimchi, eggs, ham, and veggies, and you have a flavorful meal. For a healthier meal, load on the veggies and use brown rice and chicken breast instead of ham.
A kimchi scramble is great breakfast to start your day with. High in protein and vitamins, it’ll only take you minutes to add kimchi to your favorite scramble.
Want to figure out more ways to add kimchi to your daily diet? Experiment! You’d be surprised how versatile kimchi is. From spaghetti and meatballs to your favorite burrito, kimchi can be your new favorite ingredient.