Cooked Paleo Kimchee Fried “Rice” (296/366)

296PaleoFriedRiceTop“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

 

I LOVE Kimchee Fried Rice.  It’s one of my favorite foods on the planet.  The absolute BEST KFR I’ve ever had was at Choi’s Kitchen in the International Market Place on Oahu*.  I loved that fried rice so much that on one trip, I bought several orders and froze them to bring home with me, then rationed out portions until we were scheduled to go back to Hawaii.  Yes, seriously.

Well, I couldn’t keep my Kimchee Fried Rice habit to a once-a-year stock up, so I started making it for myself; but in the spirit of trying to “Paleo-ify” great dishes (like the chicken enchiladas I made the other day), I decided I’d tackle Paleo Kimchee Fried Rice this time.

How the heck do you make fried rice Paleo, since rice is a grain?  Well, “Paleo Rice” is basically just pulverized cauliflower.  That might sound weird to those who just can’t imagine life without [“real”] rice, but seriously, it’s fantastic.  After eating more Paleo these past couple of years, it’s really neat for us to see how traditional rice, while wonderful, really doesn’t add any *flavor* – it mostly provides mouthfeel, and a way to cut the intensity of the other flavors in a dish.  After all, people didn’t start eating rice because it was delicious and nutritious – they ate it to cheaply extend the volume of the food they had (this is one of the points proponents of the Paleo Diet are trying to make – we don’t really *need* rice, guys!).  By using cauliflower rice instead of rice grains, I’m making this dish more nutritious, and cauliflower actually adds flavor!  If I ever have the choice between cauliflower rice and regular rice, I’ll go with the cauliflower rice every time.

ANYWAY!  On to the cooking!

At the grocery store the other day, I saw this lovely orange cauliflower.  I thought it would add a nice color to my kimchee fried rice dish!
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All you need to do to make Paleo Rice is toss the florets in the food processor and pulse, until the cauliflower is broken down in to rice-like bits.  Voila!
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I chopped up half an onion and of course, the kimchee (I usually do about a 14 oz. jar):
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I sautéed the onions along with a few minced cloves of garlic and about the same amount of ginger (also minced) until the onions started becoming less opaque, and then added beef I had marinated in coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, red pepper, and a little sesame seed oil, plus just a touch of honey for added sweetness (in most Korean marinades, a bit of sugar is used, and it it makes all the difference).
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After the beef was just browned, but not done, I added my cauliflower rice and stir fried it all together.
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After everything was incorporated and the cauliflower rice was cooked enough (you can eat cauliflower raw, so the texture of the cooked rice is basically preference – it usually takes no longer than five minutes to sauté cauliflower rice) the kimchee went in.
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After everything is heated through, you really just taste and adjust seasonings – a bit of salt if needed, some gochujang if you have it (yum!) and/or more pepper flakes or paste.  Om nom nom.
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I also like adding chopped green onions to the mix, either in the stir fry or on top as a garnish (usually both, but I didn’t have green onions on hand this time), and I also like adding toasted sesame seeds to the finished product – you can toast these in a dry pan yourself, or pick them up at your local grocery store in the spice aisle (or try the “International Foods” aisle if they’re not there).

Ah, my kimchee fried rice.  How I love you so.

*Note: Since the creation of this post, the International Market Place has gone under a revamp and Choi’s Kitchen, sadly, is closed.  I will forever have fond memories of that place.  This post may have not even been written without them.  Thank you, Choi’s Kitchen – I will never forget you!

 

Related Links:
Sunchang Gochujang 500g – (Amazon)
JFC White Roasted Sesame Seeds, 8 Ounce (Amazon)

Silly FTC disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, which don’t cost you a penny more, but through which I’ll receive a few cents if you make purchases.  Thanks!

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