I did it!
Six months have passed since I left the fine Republic of Korea, and last night, for the very first time, I made a homemade Korean dish. As I alluded to in an earlier post, it's something I've been intentionally waiting to do, but ever since I discovered bottled kimchi at my local Asian grocer (Tian Phat), I've been dying to try making Korean food at home.
As it happens, the Korean cookbook I bought right before leaving Seoul doesn't have a recipe for one of my favourite dishes: Kimchi fried rice (otherwise known as kimchi bokkeumbap, or even more so as 김치 볶음밥). I suspect, now that I've made it, that the absence of this recipe can be attributed to the fact that it's so easy to make. Alas, the cookbook will have to wait for another night, and another cooking adventure.
So where does any new dish in the kitchen begin, if not from a cookbook or your imagination? On Google, of course, and subsequently, on Blogger. I found a very straightforward recipe on the blog of cookbook author Bee Yinn Low. The pictures and recipe looked and sounded exactly like the kimchi bokkeumbap I used to eat in Seoul, so I figured it was a good recipe to start with, even if it wasn't directly from a Korean website or source. Given that this recipe only serves one, however, and that I'm a fiend for kimchi, garlic, and sesame oil, I did end up adjusting the recipe to feed two, as well as to suit my individual taste buds.