We borrowed a cookbook from the library and fell in love with it. Matt Basile’s “Street Food Diaries” is creative, daring, spicy, and Canadian. We have never eaten kimchi in our lives and this book made us want to own a jar of kimchi. Matt obligingly has a kimchi recipe, so we started with that. Recipe number 3 of our challenge.
Cut up a napa cabbage. Put a pot of salted water on and bring to a boil. Let cool for ten minutes and add the cabbage. Leave for 30-60 minutes and drain.
While the cabbage is soaking, blend 2 apples, 2 pears, 6 cloves garlic, fresh ginger, a bunch green onions and 2 lemons, minus the peel. We used lemon juice. Turn that out and add 2 cans chipotle peppers, 2 cups vinegar, 1 cup sriracha sauce, oil, fish sauce and cilantro. Blend to a paste. We majorly adjusted this part as we figured Matt must have an asbestos mouth! Just try and get a bit of all the different flavours in the sauce. Mix with the apple paste and stir in the cabbage. Put it in jars and refrigerate. In 24 hours you will have kimchi!
We wanted to make Matt’s Kimchi stew, so that is recipe number 4 of our new challenge. It is close to a cabbage soup recipe but using kimchi and adding more heat. Matt’s recipe uses celery, carrot, onion, leek, Roma tomatoes, tomato juice, water and kimchi. We used half cabbage, half Kimchi and adjusted the other ingredients to match the vegetables we had on hand. Cook for an hour.
That looks pretty good, right, but we’re not done. Cook your favourite rice. Fry an egg per person. Put some rice in a bowl. Add the kimchi stew. Place a fried egg on top and chopped green onion.
Wow, wow, wow! This was amazing! Becky doesn’t normally like spicy food but she loved this. We have never eaten anything like this before but we are so glad we tried it. We are also glad we made the kimchi and have found other ways of using it. Result….
…empty jar 🙂
We will be making more of Matt’s wonderful recipes as they look so yummy.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Cheryl and Becky