If you’re a kimchi fan, you will be all over this kimchi fried rice from the new cookbook by Celine Steen, Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking. This easy, weeknight meal comes together in only 20 to 30 minutes. But don’t let the simplicity fool you! It’s bursting with flavor that will make your taste buds do a jig.
When I was contacted about the blog tour for Celine Steen’s newest work, I was immediately all in. I’m a longtime fan of her recipes. Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, which she co-authored with Tamasin Noyes, is a beloved favorite in my cookbook cupboard. (If you can only make one recipe from VSSTD, make sure it’s the chickpea shawarma. Amazing.) You can check out my glowing review of that book from 5 years ago, and see how much my photography (and equipment) has improved in that time. (The pictures were taken with a point and shoot camera during my construction paper phase. Haha!)
Judging from her creative recipes in Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day, I knew Bold Flavored Vegan Cooking wouldn’t be full of the same recipes we’ve seen in various incarnations over and over again. Celine doesn’t shy away from using ingredients and spices that may require a trip to a specialty grocery store or online order. And the dishes are all the better for it.You’ll find a variety of recipes in the book – from weeknight friendly meals, like the kimchi fried rice I’m sharing today, to more involved projects. You can also find gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options as well.
Once I get another batch of squash blossoms, you can bet that the squash blossom pizza will be making an appearance in my kitchen. I’m also looking forward to trying the Indonesian-inspired rice pancakes. Dianne and Amy both shared the recipe for smoky kale and chickpeas with miso peanut drizzle on their blogs, and that one looks terrific too.
Kimchi fried rice
I’m a huge fan of kimchi, and so I couldn’t wait to make this kimchi fried rice that’s featured in the book. Celine notes that the recipe is highly adaptable, and you can reduce the amount of kimchi, depending on how potent the kimchi is in your refrigerator. She has a recipe for homemade kimchi in the book, but I used a store-bought variety and reduced the amount by half. That worked perfectly for my tastes.
(Some kimchi is made with fish sauce. So remember to look for vegan kimchi at the grocery store. Although, at my natural grocery store, they sell 3 or 4 different kinds of kimchi, and all of it is vegan.)
For optional garnishes, Celine recommends peanuts, sesame seeds, scallions, nori, baked tofu, or Gochujang Kimchi Sausages (a recipe which is also included in the book). My bulgogi tofu would work beautifully here. However, I decided to top the kimchi fried rice with kimchi sausages that I had in the freezer from Herbivorous Butcher. I thawed them earlier in the day, and they were ready to be sliced and browned before topping the kimchi fried rice, along with peanuts, scallions, and sesame seeds.
This hearty dish reminded me of a Korean version of jambalaya. It’s a full meal in a bowl with loads of textures and flavors. Celine has done it again!
One more thing: My weekly video is up! I’ve been getting all kinds of positive feedback on my recent vegan potato salad. So I decided to make a video for it. Remember it for your upcoming summer cookouts and picnics. Check it out here!