My sister used to make this for me when we lived together in New York, and I loved it! Fried rice is the perfect way to use up leftovers, so feel free to improvise with your favorite veggies.
Swap option: Any kind of veggies or meat you have in the fridge will work — just toss them in! This is a great lunch or side dish. A variation on the dish, called omurice, is to make omelets and wrap the eggs around the fried rice like a burrito.
Technique tip: Kimchi can stain your cutting board and the smell. It has a habit of lingering, too. To avoid this. put the kimchi in a bowl and use kitchen shears to cut it into smaller pieces.
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup chopped fried chicken, cut into dice-sized pieces
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 clove garlic, grated or minced
- 9 button mushrooms
- ½ zucchini, diced
- 3 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
- 1 cup drained, store-bought kimchi
- 4 cups steamed white rice
- Kosher salt or sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 4 sunny side-up fried eggs
1. Cook the rice according to package instructions.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
3. Reduce the heat to medium, add the carrots and garlic, and cook, stirring continuously, until the carrots are just softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add the mushrooms, zucchini, two-thirds of the scallions and the kimchi, and cook until the vegetables are tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
5. Add the rice and fried chicken, breaking up the rice with a wooden spoon and combining it with the other ingredients.
6. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 5 minutes.
7. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the fried rice into four bowls and top each with a fried egg and the remaining scallions.