Kimchi is probably the most iconic food to come out of Korea. This spicy fermented cabbage (or radish, or mustard leaf...) was already well-loved even before the Korean wave took over.
Kimchi is quite easy to make, but what makes it different are the red pepper flakes used to make it spicy. Did you know that there's more than just one way to make kimchi? There are such things as white kimchi, spring onion kimchi, and cucumber kimchi.
Specialty stores now offer more than one kind of kimchi recipe. Kimchi varies in the marination, fermentation time, and even the amount of red pepper flakes used in each batch. That's why there are those who love one kind of kimchi brand over another.
If you too are as obsessed with kimchi and all things Korean and spicy, you should try these recipes:
1. Kimchi Fried Rice
Don't stray too far from the dish that made kimchi mainstream! This fried rice recipe was the dish that launched kimchi as a kitchen-staple main ingredient.
2. Kimchi and SPAM Fried Rice
Kimchi and SPAM are from two different countries, but these two kitchen staple ingredients make a fantastic flavor combo when paired in fried rice. It' a recipe for an all-in-one meal! You don't need anything else to eat with a bowl of this fried rice...except maybe a glass of soju.
3. Bacon and Kimchi Frittata
A frittata is basically something fried and this is one rice dish that might surprise you because it has everything you normally would see on your plate. This has smokey bacon, spicy kimchi, and hearty fried rice mixed with beaten eggs. It's fried in one giant skillet, so you can slice these into wedges for a hearty meal that's unexpectedly delicious and filling.
4. Kimchi Butter Recipe
Do you have a bottle of kimchi liquid left over? That's okay! If you love kimchi and don't want to toss out this flavorful liquid, you should mix it up with some softened butter. Just imagine spreading it onto toast with chicken breast slices.
5. Beef Bulgogi Bao with Kimchi Slaw
If you love kimchi, you should try this kimchi slaw! This spicy Asian version of coleslaw is going to transform your burger, sandwich, or these beef stuffed baos.
6. Cucumber Kimchi
Did you know that kimchi doesn't have to be cabbage? You can make other vegetables into kimchi! This cucumber version is a great example. For those who never liked the bitterness that cabbage has, try this cucumber version that is just as easy to make as the original cabbage.
7. Kimchi Ramyun
Kimchi and instant noodles are not strangers, so if you have ever stirred in some kimchi into your bowl of ramyun, this recipe encourages you to do more than just that! Why not elevate that quick meal with hearty extra ingredients that make it more than just a noodle and soup meal?
This story originally appeared on Yummy.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.