Flavours of WUR: Kimchi fried rice

All the flavours of the world can be found in our WUR community. Food Technology Master's student Keumwoo Lee (25) takes us to Korea.
Keumwoo Lee (25) Food Technology, Master’s student from Korea

‘Kimchi fried rice (or kimchi-bokkeum-bap) is a type of bokkeum-bap, a fried and flavoured rice dish. You find it in every Korean snack-food restaurant. This dish reminds me of my school days. Like every other student in Korea, I went to the snack-food restaurant whenever I felt hungry during a break. This quick meal is affordable and nutritious. Above all, it’s delicious!’


  • 1 cup chopped kimchi (pickled vegetables)
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 cup steamed rice
  • 2 tbsp kimchi juice
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 spring onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 sheets of dried seaweed (Nori sheets or ‘GIM’ in Korean)
  • Sesame seeds to decorate
  • 1 egg, fried sunny-side up


  • Heat a frying pan. Add the vegetable oil.
  • Fry chopped spring onion and onion with butter. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Add kimchi and kimchi juice with soy sauce. Fry all together.
  • Add the chilli powder and the sugar.
  • Add 1 cup of steamed rice.
  • Fry all ingredients together and add the sesame oil.
  • Sprinkle with roasted seaweed and sesame seeds.
  • Put the fried egg on top. Serve right away.

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