Kimchi (or kimchee) is a Korean pickled side dish made of cabbage and various spices. A flavourful condiment to many recipes, it’s is also a natural probiotic, helping to promote a healthy digestive system. Not sure how to eat more of this low-cal seasoning? Here are some delicious ways to savour more of this yummy, vitamin-rich food.
Whole-Grain Mushroom and Kimchi Brown Rice
Did you know that kimchi is a gut-friendly probiotic, much like yogurt? Even a little bit goes a long way. If you’re a kimchi novice, try your hand at this easy healthy brown rice side dish that’ll gradually add some spice to your repertoire. Kimchi isn’t the only major probiotic player: find more fabulously fermented foods worth exploring.
Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich
The classic comfort food sandwich staple is introduced to a mouth-watering spicy-sour kimchi crunch. Spread gochujang paste onto slices of bread and evenly layer with store-bought kimchi and your cheese of choice. Modify with pickles, bacon or basil (to your liking) for a sandwich that meets all your wildest expectations. Check out these foods you didn’t know you could pickle, from avocado to okra.
Budae Jjigae (Korean Army Stew)
This spicy kimchi-infused stew includes an eclectic batch of ingredients such as Spam, sausage and cheese. Invented by Korean-based American soldiers, this Western-inspired twist on ramen noodles can now be found in restaurants across Korea.
Kimchi Pizza with Bacon
Spicy, pungent kimchi actually makes for an unconventional (yet delicious) pizza topping. Slices of crispy bacon and sharp Cheddar marries surprisingly well with store-bought kimchi. Worried about too much of a fiery kick? Mellow out the spice level with pureed pear and put it on a pizza. If you’ve got leftover dough, check out these tasty ways to transform homemade pizza dough, from bread knots to doughnuts.
10-Minute Chicken, Corn and Kimchi Ramen
This speedy one-skillet masterpiece is ready in only 10 minutes (yes, really!). Toss in everything but the garnishes, and in the short time it takes for the broth to boil, it’ll be done and ready to eat! The two cups of kimchi add a punch of spice while the baby spinach and toasted seaweed balance it all out. Find more of the easiest ramen recipes to make when you’re in a pinch.