Kimchi Fried Rice – a healthy, vegetarian fried rice

Kimchi Fried Rice - the best kind!

Considering how much rice and kimchi we have in the house, we don’t make kimchi fried rice nearly as often as we should. It’s definitely one of our favorite fried rice recipes! Fried rice is a dish that seems exotic, but it’s actually really easy to make at home. Today, when we found some nice broccolini at the farmer’s market, we decided to make a simple vegetarian kimchi fried rice. Continue reading

Diet Lessons from my (future) Korean mother-in-law

My first Asian cooking lesson - spicy tuna salad

1. Eat kimchee.

I am a sufferer of “home toilet” syndrome, so when we flew to Virginia to meet Hagana’s parents for the first time, I had some issues for the first few days. Hagana clandestinely told his mother about my problem, and because she knew, our next few meals included loads of kimchee. My problem was solved later that night.

Kimchee is full of probiotics, the beneficial bacteria that keeps your digestive tract healthy.  Probiotics combat the growth of bad bacteria in your intestine, and one strain of probiotics founds in kimchee has been shown to decrease appetite, which is another reason my mother-in-law advocates eating kimchee before meals. Continue reading

Kimchee: Korea’s Superfood

Kimchee at Norbu in Santa Clara, CA

Kimchee is probably the healthiest food I have ever eaten, but it also may be one of the ugliest foods on the planet.. If you can get over appearances, kimchee can help you lose/maintain weight with little effort. I will be honest with you, the first time I was served kimchi, I didn’t want to touch it, let alone put it in my mouth. It doesn’t exactly look pretty. I once heard it eloquently described as, “a cabbage salad dressed with a spicy vinaigrette.” I think it is best described as a red-flecked, slightly-sour smelling, fermented cabbage salad.  I’m not telling you this to discourage you from trying it, I just want to be as candid as possible so you know what to expect. However, once you’ve begun eating kimchee, you won’t be able to stop. Kimchee is one of those foods that just makes you feel healthy instantly. That feeling is addictive. Continue reading