This is now a favorite among our whole family, including allergy son. In fact, the first day Son had it, I was completely taken aback at Son's ability to eat spicy food. Although it wasn't super spicy, it still had more kick than any of the other food he had eaten up to that point. He loved it, gobbled it down, and I called husband with the question, "Guess who likes kimchee?" Husband responded," I don't know, the girls?" I said, "No. Someone new." He guessed Son and when I further related that he liked it spicy, he bellowed into the telphone, "That's my boy."
Do NOT throw away rice that is in your rice cooker. Do not leave rice in your rice cooker for too long either. Instead, cool the rice down and portion it off into single servings and seal them into ziploc bags to freeze. This is an easy way to ensure you always have some single servings of rice on hand and they also make for GREAT fried rice. In our family, I know that we are often eating fried rice, I often just portion a huge chunk for future fried rice usage.
Pork Belly and Kimchee Fried Rice
3-4 tablespoons oil (I use Canola because of Son, but a mixture of canola and sesame oil is fine)
1 lb pork belly, chopped into bite-sized pieces. (the Korean market sells it pre-sliced so I just chop it into small pieces.)
1 onion, diced
2 tablespoons of chopped garlic
2 tablespoons of grated ginger
3 cups of kimchee chopped into bite-sized pieces, the "riper"(more fermented), the better
6 cups of cooked rice
In a large fry pan or wok, over medium high heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil, chopped pork belly, onion, garlic and ginger. Cook and saute until pork is almost cooked through and fat has rendered, about 3 minutes. Add kimchee and cook until kimchee is translucent and cooked through. This time will vary as the riper the kimchee the less cooking time it will need. The more "fresher" kimchee will require more time for it to reach translucent stage, anywhere from 5-8 minutes. Also watch to make sure that the pork and kimchee is not too watery, as this will make the rice soggy.
Push the kimchee and pork to the outer portion of the fry pan leaving a hole in the middle. Add 1 tablespoon more of oil and quickly add the rice. Using your spoon gradually blend in the kimchee and pork into the rice. Cook together until all ingredients are well blended and incorporated together.
Serve and sprinkle with a bit of chopped green onion, sesame seed or egg if desired.