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Friday, May 8, 2015

Kimchi Stew

I have found myself madly in love with Korean food.   It started with a love for kimchi especially and has just grown.   But kimchi is still my all time favorite.   I recently ate at a Korean restaurant and had kimchi stew.  It was incredible!   The recipe searches I've made online are look to be very simple, so decided to try it.  I also spoke with a Korean woman I work with and asked her about it.   She basically said you put in it what you like, as long as there is lots of kimchi, garlic and red peppers.   So came home, through caution to the winds and just made it.    It is very tasty too!

1 lb. diced pork, with a little fat in it if possible.   many recipes call for pork belly
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 pints/4 cups kimchi
1 heaping tbsp.  garlic and red chile paste (optional but tasty)
dash of soy sauce and rice wine vinegar
1/2-1 tsp. crushed red pepper, unless using the red chile paste
2 tbsp. sesame oil
8 oz. cubed tofu
1 tsp. brown sugar
4 cups water

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven then brown the diced pork, when the pork is starting to brown, add the onion and brown both together.   Next add the garlic and stir around until fragrant.   Add the kimchi and any liquid in the jar, the garlic and red chile paste or crushed red pepper, the soy, vinegar and sesame oil, then the water.   Bring to a full boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer about 30 minutes.   Ten minutes before the time is up, add the tofu, continue to simmer another 10 minutes, then remove from the heat, cover and allow to sit about 10-15 minutes.    Serve with cooked rice.

Options:  this can very easily be made vegan, just by omitting the meat.    You can add other vegetables like mushrooms, carrots, potatoes, radishes, turnips, you name it.   I have also been told you can top each serving with a fried egg.