Introducing Korean food to my children for the first time was quite a fun experience!
I didn’t tell them that the kimchee that was sitting on the table was spicy. I also knew that if 2-3 year old Korean children are eating kimchee, it can’t be all that bad (spicy). So I looked on an observed what was about to happen;
To my surprise, she just kept on eating it. “This is sour Mom, and spicy?”Jaf on the other hand took one whiff and pushed it to the side (not ready yet for that adventure).
Since she had her first taste of kimchee, she’s asked me to learn how to make it at home. I then research this and found a great online picture book called Kimchi is Great! that explains why kimchee is healthy and shows how various kimchee is made. We’ve ordered it, and will try to make our own home-made kimchee during the summer.
We also learned how to make Kim Chee Fried Rice! One of our friends from Korea taught us how to make it and it is good!
Jaf finally got used to eating it and now loves it! He says, “It’s just like a spam musubi but with spicy ketchup!”
Here’s the simple recipe we follow (thanks Sunny):
- 3 bowls steamed rice (3 cups)
- 1 can SPAM (diced)
- 1 cup chopped kimchee
- ¼ cup kimchee juice
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
- Heat up a pan. Add the vegetable oil.
- Add diced canned SPAM and fry for 1 minute.
- Add the kimchee and stir fry for 1 minute
- Stir all the ingredients together for about 7 minutes with a wooden spoon.
- Remove from the heat.
- Top with fried egg (optional)
- Serve right away.
I’m glad LouLou and Jaf have had positive experiences with kimchee as Korean food can’t be eaten without it. It’s just not the same… I’m so looking forward to going to Thailand, India and Pakistan now! Bring on the spicy!!