Korean Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl (Kimchee Bokkeum Bap)
Note for the cook: Day old rice works best for this recipe. Alternatively, you can add the kimchi FIRST, sauté for a few minutes and then add in the rice, the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, the kimchi juice, gochujang, soy sauce and fish sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
- 5 to 6 strips bacon chopped into pieces
- 4 cups cooked brown or white medium grain rice day old rice works best
- 2 tablespoons sesame oil split
- Roasted sesame seeds
- 2 heaping cups kimchi chopped (plus 2 tablespoons reserved kimchi juice from jar)
- 1 to 1 ½ tablespoons gochujang Korean hot pepper paste
- 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce + more if needed
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- Fresh green onions diced for garnish
- 4 Fried eggs
- Finely shredded gim dried seaweed, optional
Using a heavy bottomed pot or large pan, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until browned and crispy, for about 6 to 8 minutes.
While the bacon is cooking, mix the cooked rice with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and sprinkle on some sesame seeds. Set aside.
When the bacon is cooked, crispy and finished, remove the bacon from the pan and onto a paper towel lined plate. Drain a little of the bacon fat if desired, but keep all the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Immediately add the cooked rice*, the remaining 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, the chopped kimchi, kimchi juice, gochujang, soy sauce and fish sauce.
Mix everything together for a few minutes, making sure everything gets incorporated, and then let the rice sit, untouched, for a few minutes so the rice can start to get a little browned and crispy on the bottom. Repeat the process one more time: Mix everything together for about 1 to 2 minutes and then let the rice sit, untouched for a couple of minutes.
Add in the crispy bacon bits, green onions and mix together. Let cook for another minute or two, tossing as needed. Taste, and adjust any ingredients if needed. Serve with a fried egg on top and garnish with more green onions, sesame seeds and some finely chopped gim if desired. Enjoy immediately.