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 to my dishes. 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
- Butter one side of each slice of bread.
- 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 the cheese is melted (about 3-5 mins).
- Spread the mix onto one slice of bread on the non-buttered side.
- Place the pan on medium heat (butter side down). Place the other slice of bread on top and flip the sandwich when the bottom side looks golden brown.
- 200g linguine
- 3 egg yolks
- 200ml cream
- 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)
- Boil the linguine according to packet instructions.
- Separate the yolks from the whites and place yolks into a bowl, add cream and mix well. Add cheese and parsley and mix again.
- Reserve one cup of pasta water. Drain the pasta and place the hot cooked linguine into the bowl mixture (from step 2).
- Heat a medium-sized pan and cook the bacon. The bacon will produce a lot of grease, so pour it out after the bacon is fully cooked.
- Add onions and kimchi shortly after and heat for a short time on high heat (about 20-30 seconds).
- Add the pasta from step 3 into the pan and mix well over low heat. Add some water to the pasta if it gets dry (I used about 1/3 of a cup).
Serve and enjoy!
You may also want to check out my Discovering the Perfect Plate of Spaghetti Carbonara.