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14 Delicious Ways to Eat Kimchi

Kimchi is a versatile dish that can be eaten on its own or cooked with almost anything. Here I share 14 delicious ways to eat kimchi! 

How to Eat Kimchi - 14 Delicious Ways to Cook with Kimchi | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Kimchi / Kimchee (김치) is Korean fermented cabbage and it’s an integral ingredient in Korean cuisine. Many Koreans eat kimchi every day if not at every meal! You get the picture?

It is a great side dish that accompanies many Korean meals. In it’s simplest form, one can eat their meal purely with steamed rice and kimchi. Yep! I’ve done that before.

But I think it’s more fun and tasty when we get to mix kimchi with some other ingredients. Because I believe that kimchi has like 50 shades of flavor!

It’s great with rice, noodles, soup, salad and even pizza! It seems that only the sky is the limit. 😉

So are you ready?

P.S. While we are at it, check my small but expanding collection of kimchi recipes. (Kimchi is not all about napa cabbage kimchi, although “kimchi” in general predominantly refers to spicy napa cabbage kimchi.)

What to Cook with Kimchi

You can make any of the below dishes with store bought kimchi or homemade kimchi.

1. Kimchi Dumplings (Kimchi Mandu, 김치만두)

One of the most popular Korean dumplings is this! Pair kimchi with minced pork/beef/tofu and wrap them in a dumpling wrapper. You can pan fry them or steam them as you like!

Kimchi Mandu (Kimchi Dumplings) Recipe | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi dumplings

2. Kimchi Fried Rice (Kimchi Bokkeumbap, 김치 볶음밥)

This 15 minute easy kimchi fried rice is definitely a keeper! Kimchi and rice is stir fried with smoky bacon and spicy kimchi juice. Perfect for a weeknight dinner!

Best Kimchi Fried Rice | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi fried rice

3. Kimchi Stew (Kimchi Jjigae, 김치찌개)

You simply cannot talk about kimchi without kimchi jjigae! This ultra comforting spicy stew is loaded with (fatty) pork, tofu and kimchi. It’s simply irresistible!

The classic Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi stew) recipe with some fatty pork. When the fat from the pork melts into the soup, it becomes irresistibly delicious! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi jjigae

4. Kimchi Pancake (Kimchi Buchimgae, 김치 부침개)

Savory kimchi pancake paired with irresistible Korean pancake dipping sauce! A must try!

Kimchi Pancake (Kimchi Jeon) | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi pancake

5. Ham and Egg Cups with Kimchi

Like I said earlier, you can put kimchi in almost anything! Ham and egg cups with kimchi is a great way to sneak in some kimchi for those who are not used to it. (Don’t worry, the taste is very subtle!) This is perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch!

Ham, Egg and Kimchi Cup: On the go breakfast with a Korean twist; This is a great way to sneak in some Kimchi for those who are not used to it. A simple yet elegant Korean fusion dish. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for ham and egg cups with kimchi

6. Tofu Kimchi (Dubu Kimchi, 두부김치)

Tofu Kimchi is a popular appetizer and also a drink snack in Korea. But it goes very well as a side dish to your main meals too! Spicy flavor from kimchi, pork, and nutty aromas from sesame oil are simply marvellous!

How to Make Tofu Kimchi | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for tofu kimchi

7. Kimchi Udon (김치 우동)

This is a super addictive 15 mins kimchi udon recipe. It’s loaded with smoky bacon, kimchi and ultra spicy and tangy sauce. This is a keeper!

Kimchi udon noodle stir fry is an easy weeknight meal that can be ready in 15 mins. Key ingredients are bacon, Kimchi, udon noodles and Korean spicy sauce. It's simply addictive! It will be your new favourite noodle dish! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi udon

8. Spicy Cold Kimchi Noodles (김치국수)

There’s no better way to beat the hot summer weather than having some addictively spicy cold noodles! Yes, these noodles are loaded with kimchi and covered with sweet, spicy and tangy sauce! It will be your new favourite noodle dish!

Spicy cold Kimchi noodles recipe - This is a perfect summer time dish. Bring your lost appetite back with these spicy cold Korean noodles! | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for cold kimchi noodles

9. Kimchi Spaghetti

Korean fusion kimchi pasta! It’s loaded with creamy mushrooms, crispy bacon, buttery kimchi and Korea’s secret sauce gochujang! The final touch from the roasted sesame seeds and green onions are just perfect!

Kimchi Spaghetti with Bacon | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi spaghetti

10. Bibim Guksu (비빔국수)

This bibim guksu is a light soba noodle salad dish. It’s loaded with leafy greens, not to mention kimchi, and seasoned with spicy, sweet and tangy Korean chilli dressing. Another popular dish during summer time!

Korean Spicy, Sweet and Vinegary Noodles (Bibim Guksu) | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for bibim guksu

11. Kimchi Pizza (김치 피자)

You might be surprised to find out how well kimchi goes in pizza! The key is the balance. Just sprinkle little kimchi pieces over thin pizza base then bake it. It will come out as a perfect entree dish that’s crispy and savory with a hint of kimchi flavor!

Garlic Kimchi Pizza recipe - It's crispy and savoury with a hint of Kimchi flavour. A perfect Korean fusion entry dish that will please your dinning guest. | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi pizza

12. Serve with Korean BBQ

This is not quite a recipe, but more of a serving suggestion. Serve your kimchi over your Korean BBQ lettuce wraps. It’s irresistible. You can even grill some kimchi as well. They are simply the best!

Korean Pork Belly BBQ | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the idea for Korean BBQ

13. Slow Cooker Kimchi Stew with Beef

This will be your lazy way to make kimchi stew. Enter slow cooker Kimchi stew! It is a perfect comfort food on a cold wintry day!

Slow Cooker Kimchi Stew | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get recipe for slow cooker kimchi stew with beef

14. Kimchi Rice Bowl (Kimchi Deopbap, 김치덮밥)

Another perfect weeknight meal that can be ready in 10 mins (or under)! Simply stir fry your old pungent kimchi with some sesame oil and sesame seeds then serve over rice. Voila!Kimchi Rice Bowl | MyKoreanKitchen.com

Get the recipe for kimchi rice bowl

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