Kimchi is the most representative dish in Korean cuisine. There are so many delicious dishes you can make with kimchi as an ingredient, or you can enjoy some Korean food with kimchi as a side-dish. So, we Koreans will always have some kimchi in the refrigerator. We make a huge amount of winter kimchi and enjoy it for several months, or longer. We usually end up with old kimchi, which becomes too sour to eat as a side-dish. That sour kimchi is still good for making kimchi stew, kimchi jeon, etc. One simple way to enjoy old kimchi is to fry it. Turn your old kimchi into an amazing side-dish today! 😉
Yield: 2 Cups
Short Korean Lesson
- JanDon (잔돈) = Change (for money)
- 3 Cups Old Kimchi(1.5 lb)
- 2 Tbsp Cooking Oil
- ½ Tbsp Sesame Oil
- ½ Tbsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Sesame Seeds
- 1 tsp Garlic, Minced
Prepare about 1.5 lb of old kimchi. It will be about ¼ of a whole napa cabbage head.
Chop the kimchi into your desired size. I like to cut mine into small bites so that I can use it for other dishes such as a rice bugers, cup bap, and so on. It will be about 3 cups.
In a heated pan with 2 Tbsp of cooking oil, add the chopped kimchi, ½ Tbsp sugar, and 1 tsp of minced garlic. Sugar helps balance the sour flavor, so depending on your kimchi, you can adjust the amount for your tastes.
Fry it for about 10 minutes on medium. Occasionally stir it.
After 10 minutes, sprinkle 1 tsp of sesame seeds on top and drizzle ½ Tbsp of sesame oil over it.
Fry one more minute and then turn off the heat.
You can keep it in the refrigerator for over a month and enjoy it whenever you eat a Korean meal. It tastes great when it’s cold like your normal kimchi. You will love this fried kimchi.