Asian fusion, especially kimchi-everything, seems to be strongly trending in Hong Kong these days. Having sampled such fusion dishes myself, such as the kimchi bruschetta from Moyo, I do understand the addiction. That’s why I’ve even gone ahead to try these kimchi-fused dishes at home!
Apart from actually making the kimchi (I’m not Korean enough for that yet), incorporating it into everyday comfort food turned out to be pretty easy, straight forward and a great complement. See my two recipes for kimchi grilled cheese and kimchi carbonara below.
Kimchi Grilled Cheese
2 slices of bread
A handful of grated cheddar cheese
A small handful of kimchi
1. Butter one side of each slice of bread
2. Mix the kimchi and grated cheese in an oven-proof bowl, shove it in the oven (I put it in my mini toaster oven) until cheese is melted (about 3-5 mins)
3. Spread the mix onto one slice of bread on the non-buttered side
4. Place on the pan on medium heat (butter side down), place other slice of bread on top and flip the sandwich when the bottom side looks golden brown.
3 egg yolks
60g parmesan cheese (grated)
200g of kimchi (roughly cut)
2 strips of bacon (roughly cut)
Half a small onion (finely chopped)
A strand of parsley (finely chopped)
1. Boil the linguine according to packet instructions.
2. Separate the yolks from whites and place into a bowl, add cream and mix well. Add cheese and parsley and mix again.
3. Reserve one cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and place the hot cooked linguine into the bowl mixture (from Step 2).
4. Heat a medium-sized pan and cook the bacon. A lot of oil will probably come out of the meat and I would pour out most of this once bacon is cooked.
5. Add onions and kimchi shortly after and heat for a short time on high fire (about 20-30 seconds).
6. Add the pasta from Step 3 into the pan and mix well over low heat. Add some pasta water if it gets dry (I used about 1/3 of a cup).
Serve and enjoy!
You may also want to check out Discovering the Perfect Plate of Spaghetti Carbonara.
Have you tried any fusion dishes using kimchi lately? Share the ideas in the comments section below!