Apr 3

Kimchi Fried Rice – Spicy, sweet, craveable and so damn good

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A dead easy recipe that takes about 15 minutes to put together. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or dress it up and serve it to your crew on a weekend over a couple of cold beers.


  • 1 cup rice. I like jasmine or basmati for additional flavor. Bonus points if you use left over day old rice.
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 red thai chilli
  • ½ inch grated ginger
  • 2 tbs gochujang (Korean red pepper paste.. A must have.. Go buy it right now)
  • 2 tps of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • ½ cup chopped kimchi
  • 1 fresh egg
  • ¼ cup chopped green onion
  • 3 basil leaves
  • 1 tsp white sesame seeds


  1. Traditionally fried rice is a dish that is made when you have left over rice from the night before. If you made a bunch last night for a green curry or spicy stir fry, use that. If not, boil the rice. Quick tip. Whatever amount of rice you use, simply double the amount of water. So for the recipe we are using 1 cup of rice, simply put it in the pot with 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil, then cover and leave for 12 minutes on low. Then turn of heat and let it chill out with the cover on for 5 or so minutes. Toss with a fork and good to go.
  2. While rice is cooking add garlic, ginger, and thai chillies to the pan and sweat them down. Not looking for browning here. After 2-3 mins add in the gochujang and mix. Add in the rice wine vinegar and soy and then pour in the cooked rice. Mix everything together. Rice should be a nice red colour at this point. Turn up the heat to hit and mix in the chopped kimchi.
  3. Keep the rice moving to avoid burning, but no one is complaining about a little crispiness on the rice. After about 2 mins turn off the heat and move onto the egg.
  4. When I was in south east asia, one of my favorite things was when they would add a fried sunny side egg up on top of a dish. The egg would be added into a ripping hot pan that has a lot of veg oil in it. The egg would scream and bubble and burst, and get this amazing brown crispiness to it. So do that!
  5. Serve the rice in a funky bowl, top it with the fried sunny side egg, add the basil and green onion, and finish with some sesame seeds for a touch of flare!


Boom. Done. Now crack a light beer and enjoy this seriously addicting dish.