Back in my college days, I used to live on spam and egg fried rice. It was so simple to make and I always found myself craving it, despite how unhealthy spam is. Even though I’m past my college days, I actually crave a bowl of spam fried rice every now and then. Luckily and thankfully, I can now afford ingredients that are a bit more costly but create a much tastier dish. So today, I’m fusing together a classic Japanese dish with a Korean one and making omurice with kimchi and bulgogi fried rice. Much fancier than my rustic spam and egg fried rice, and oh so delicious!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
If you’ve ever visited a Korean restaurant or dined at a Korean’s home, you will notice that kimchi is a huge part of the diet. Kimchi is simply fermented cabbage but it can be used in many ways such as kimchi fried rice, kimchi stew, kimchi pancakes, and even kimchi pasta!
For this recipe, you want to make sure to use the kimchi made from napa cabbage. Sour kimchi is preferred in this recipe rather than “aged” kimchi. If the kimchi is not of great quality, you can also add the seasonings listed above to give your rice more flavor.
In order to make fantastic fried rice, it all starts with the butter. Hey, no one said fried rice is healthy right? The addition of onions makes the fried rice a bit sweeter along with the juices of the bulgogi. If you’re a vegetarian, you can take out the bulgogi. You can also substitute it with chicken or spam!
Now if you’re adding protein, the flavors from the bulgogi help season the rice; however, without it, you may find your dish to be a bit bland. Season the fried rice with 1 tbsp soy sauce, 2 tbsp gochujang and 1 tsp sesame oil. Gochujang is a Korean chili paste that adds spice and a little sweetness to the dish.Now for the omelet, make sure you are using a non-stick pan. This is very important as it will allow the egg to slide right off the pan, otherwise, you will have a mess! Carefully drape the omelet over the fried rice and dinner is served! Japanese omurice usually has ketchup drizzled on top but since it’s paired with kimchi fried rice, it’s not necessary.