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Kimchi fried rice lunch & recipe
Posted By Biggie On March 5, 2008 @ 5:13 pm In bento, for kids, lactose free, meat, recipe, rice | 32 Comments
Fried rice is standard “ refrigerator velcro” dinner in my house, using up all sorts of leftover meats and vegetables that might otherwise be forgotten and go bad. A number of readers have asked for my recipe for kimchi fried rice, so last week I got out the scale and measuring cups and took notes on what I put into my free-form fried rice. When I make rice, I always make extra to either  freeze for bento lunches or refrigerate for fried rice. Feel free to stray from the master recipe below and use whatever you have on hand; this is an easy way to get lots of vegetables into your family (not quite  stealthily enough for seriously picky eaters, but deliciously at any rate).
Contents of preschooler lunch: Tangerine, blueberries, cheese cubes and kimchi fried rice with zucchini, carrots,  carnitas, and cocktail sausages leftover from testing for my  “octodog” (hot dog octopus) tutorial. Recipe for the fried rice follows.
Morning prep time: 5 minutes, using leftover fried rice. In the morning I warmed the rice in the microwave to restore texture, and peeled the tangerine. Very fast. (Read on for lunch details and the fried rice recipe.)
Packing: Because fried rice is loose and can move around in a lunch container, I used a subdivided 350ml box from a  Lock & Lock lunch set, and included a spoon in Bug’s lunch bag for easy eating. The subdividers come all the way up to the lid, keeping the rice in place. For visual balance, I made the center compartment the focus with colorful fruit, and put the rice on either side. Cheese cubes act as  gap fillers.
Verdict: Pretty good. Bug ate all of the fried rice, cheese cubes and some of the blueberries at preschool. He ate the rest as a snack at the playground afterwards.
Biggie’s Kimchi Fried Rice (Bokumbop)
(makes 6 servings)
Variations: There’s nothing particularly sacred about this combination of vegetables. Onions, kimchi, egg and green onions are probably the bare bones, but look at this dish as a willing recipient of stray vegetables, particularly bell pepper. If you’re feeling energetic, you can wrap it inside a thin layer of egg crepe for a little “omu-rice”  shown at right with mini  apple bunnies).
Note: I keep a cheap sesame grinder filled with toasted sesame seeds in my cupboard; you can either buy pre-roasted sesame seeds cheaply in Korean markets or toast your own in a  sesame seed roaster or in a frying pan over low heat, covered with a splatter screen (keep moving the pan around to keep them from burning). Grinding the toasted sesame seed releases their flavor; you can also grind these manually in a  mortar and pestle.
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URLs in this post:
 refrigerator velcro: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/10/29/spinach-tamagoyaki-lunch/
 freeze for bento lunches: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/11/30/frozen-rice-bento-lunch/
 stealthily enough for seriously picky eaters: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/11/14/bentos-and-the-picky-eater/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/2311428655/
 carnitas: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnitas
 “octodog” (hot dog octopus) tutorial: http://lunchinabox.net/2008/02/22/how-to-make-an-octodog-octopus-hot-dog/
 Lock & Lock lunch set: http://flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/166717199/in/set-72157594150632817/
 gap fillers: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/06/11/guide-to-bento-packing-and-gap-fillers/
 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchinabox/2311428695/
 Image: http://lunchinabox.net/2006/07/13/kimchi-spam-fried-rice/
 shown here: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/03/14/speed-bentos-kimchi-fried-rice-leftovers/
 instant hon dashi: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002YB40O?ie=UTF8&tag=lunch-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&
 kochujang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gochujang
 chogochujang: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/05/21/kimchi-fried-rice-snack/
 Image: http://lunchinabox.net/2006/08/24/kimchi-fried-rice-x-3-cuteness-levels/
 apple bunnies: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/12/13/how-to-make-apple-rabbits/
 sesame seed roaster: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001Z8PA6?ie=UTF8&tag=luinabo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=178
 mortar and pestle: http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?ie=UTF8&keywords=mortar%20pestle&tag=luinabo-20&index=ga
 Do-it-yourself Korean dosirak lunch: http://lunchinabox.net/2007/12/06/do-it-yourself-korean-dosirak-lunch/
 Kimchi chige lunches x 3: http://lunchinabox.net/2006/08/15/kimchi-soup-x-3/
 Biggie’s list of top speed tips, tutorials and equipment reviews: http://lunchinabox.net/top-tips/
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