Good Ideas: Brussels Sprouts & Kimchi

What kind of life did I have prior to discovering kimchi?

I really feel like I have been missing out.

I am sorry I keep going on about it, but it is just so good!
and is good with EVERYTHING!

A fellow food blogging friend recently told me she hated kimchi, that it tasted like "dirty socks", and "smelled worse".
I think you have to find the right kimchi for you, sort of like a man. He has to smell and taste right for you.

While in Miami last week, I ate at a fantastic Japanese restaurant owned by Stephen Starr called Makoto.
We had the best sushi we have ever had, and a side of Brussels sprouts w/ pork belly and kimchi.

I knew I needed to recreate this at home so here goes.

Obviously, fatty pork belly is better, but I never make it, so used thick cut bacon instead.
You can omit the pork to make it vegetarian, which is also delish.

Here's how:

1 lb. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half, some shredded
olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pieces of thick cut bacon, chopped or pork belly (leftover shredded roast pork is good too!)
1 cup of kimchi, chopped, with some reserved kimchi juice
sesame seeds for garnish

In a large nonstick skillet, heat some olive oil and cook the bacon pieces until all fat is rendered out.

Remove the pork and pour out the oil, leaving just a small amount to saute the sprouts.

Add in the shredded and halved Brussels sprouts and saute with the chopped garlic about 8 minutes, until nice and brown in spots.

Add in the chopped kimchi and saute another the kimchi mellows the funky taste and adds a great dimension and umami to the vegetable.

Add the pork back in (if using), and sprinkle w/ sesame seeds.

Great over rice or just out of the bowl!


Bebe said…
We are said to fall into groups re the tastes we prefer. Sort of like Scotch and beer, and sauerkraut, kimchi may be a taste that falls into your group, while leaving others shaking their heads. Or making nasty faces.

I have only had it once. Don’t remember it either pro or con. I like Scotch and beer and sauerkraut and pickled beets (or almost anything pickled), so maybe I should try it. :-)
Stacey Snacks said…

I don't like Scotch or beer.......however, I LOVE anything pickled with vinegar as you know!

I love salt....anchovies, etc.
Yes, many people don't like kimchi.
This will be my last kimchi post for a while.