Bacon and Kimchi Fried Rice

In 15 minutes or less you have a tasty fried rice full of bacon deliciousness plus spice and tang from kimchi! A flavor explosion that your tastebuds will love this Bacon and Kimchi Fried Rice is perfect when you have left-over rice, some bacon and kimchi to use up.

Last December 2019, my family and I flew to the Philippines to attend my mom’s 80th birthday celebration. As is our habit, we usually try to stop-off at the country where our airplane is having a layover. For this partiseecular trip, we decided to book via Aseana Airlines, a South Korean airline, so we could make a quick stopover in Seoul, just to have a feel of the city. The airlines usually allow up to about 24 hours in layover to give travelers a chance to stop in Seoul for some sightseeing and shopping!

We arrived at night in Seoul and since it was wintertime and it was crazy cold as well, we decided to go to the nearest place where we could get some Korean food! I am a huge fan of Korean food so I was quite excited. However, it was already 10 pm at that time so some Koreans we asked thought we may not find a good restaurant anymore because it was quite late. Nonetheless, they were quite helpful in pointing us in the right direction, to the place where we could find some food vendors, food trucks, and the like.

Thankfully, after walking for quite a bit we found a restaurant that was open for 24 hours! Hurrah!!! We were all feeling very cold and hungry at this point. I had some Korean bibimbap! The best part was they gave us some kimchi to go with our dishes. Believe you me, this was the first time ever I ate kimchi! I thought it would be crazy spicy so I always held-off trying it until today. I thought to myself if there was a place to try authentic kimchi this would be my chance. At least, if I tried it I’d know if I would love it or hate it!

I actually truly loved it! It was a bit spicy but it wasn’t too much – just the right amount of heat – plus it had other complex flavors – at once salty, sour or something like a tangy-minty taste and some umami goodness thrown in too. It’s hard to describe the taste as it’s a combo of many flavors but it was so good!!! After this, hubby and I upon our return to the US began eating and buying kimchi! Now, it’s a regular feature on our dinner menu whether we’re eating Korean food or not.

Which gave me the idea one day to make a kimchi fried rice! I had some left-over chilled rice and some kimchi in the fridge, too. Then instead of using just oil to fry the rice, I thought why not use bacon grease – to even up the yumminess! And it totally worked out!!!

The bacon grease added some fat and flavor to the rice and the garlic gave it lots of savory goodness. Then it was just a matter of adding the kimchi and some of its liquid to add an extra layer of flavor to the cooked fried rice! I gave it a quick stir to make sure the rice is fully coated with that tasty kimchi liquid, adjust the seasoning and to make it a complete meal – added some fried eggs! Hubby was smiling after our lunch (yes, I made it for lunch!) as he totally enjoyed it!

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Bacon and Kimchi Fried Rice

In 15 minutes or less you have a tasty fried rice full of bacon deliciousness plus spice and tang from kimchi! A flavor explosion that your tastebuds will love this Bacon and Kimchi Fried Rice is perfect when you have left-over rice, some bacon and kimchi to use up.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian, Korean
Keyword bacon fried rice, bacon kimchi fried rice, easy kimchi fried rice, fried rice with egg
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 5-6 strips bacon, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 3 cups rice, cooked and chilled (preferably left-over)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup kimchi, chopped into smaller pieces (reserve some of the liquid as you measure it)
  • salt, to taste
  • fried eggs, to serve

Instructions

  1. In large skillet or wok, place the bacon pieces and garlic cloves. Cook in medium heat until the bacon has rendered its fat and has turned brown and crisp. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon grease.

  2. Set the bacon and garlic aside, add the rice. Press and fold the rice with a spatula until all the grains have separated. Mix the rice with the bacon and garlic and cook until the rice is fully heated through.

  3. Add in the kimchi, including all its liquid and mix everything until the rice grains have changed their color, about a couple of minutes. Season with salt, to taste, if needed. Serve immediately with some fried eggs. With fried eggs, this becomes a rice meal on its own.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Lisalia
    May 7, 2020 / 9:07 am

    5 stars
    Yum! Every recipe I make from your website turns out delicious. I LOVE kimchi and this is just a terrific new go-to breakfast!

  2. Ashley
    May 7, 2020 / 9:14 am

    5 stars
    We love this easy recipe. Will definitely make it again!

  3. Beth Pierce
    May 7, 2020 / 11:17 am

    5 stars
    I will definitely be making this again! It’s so delicious and easy.

  4. Tara
    May 7, 2020 / 11:27 am

    5 stars
    I love how easily this fried rice comes together! Such a wonderful way to use up leftovers and start the day.

  5. Natalie
    May 7, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    5 stars
    Oh wow, this looks and sounds so delicious. It’s a great quick lunch option. I will give this a try that’s for sure. I love kimchi.

  6. Cookilicious
    May 7, 2020 / 5:12 pm

    5 stars
    I am salivating here! This looks yummy

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