I'm a huge breakfast guy. I love it. Can't get enough of it. I wake up, and literally the first thing on my mind is cooking bacon and eggs. Sometimes I wake up a few hours early, have some yogurt and granola, go back to bed, then wake up and still want more breakfast. Is this a mental disorder? It doesn't matter. The point is that I was psyched to get steak & eggs with quick kimchi fried rice in my Blue Apron box this week.
I was so impressed, that I'm going to buy some kimchi spice and make this on a regular basis.
The ingredients are relatively simple. The only thing you won't have on hand would be steak (need to buy fresh), the kimchi spice blend, and the Gochujang. I have no idea if they sell that in regular stores, so you might have to buy it in your local Korean shop, or online.
OK, I just ordered some from Amazon. They didn't have the exact spic blend included in the Blue Apron kit, so I also purchased a few different Korean style chili powders and flakes, and we'll see how it goes. They may not impart the same “fermented” (tart) flavor that this spice combo did though, so I may have to tweak it. Maybe that was just the rice vinegar though…
First, I cut the cabbage into stripes and marinated it with the vinegar and spice blend. I was eating with a “non spice eater” at the time, so barely seasoned it….and it was still too spicy for her. LOL. Oh well.
As that marinated, I patted dry and seasoned the steaks with salt and pepper. Actually, I wasn't too impressed with the cut of meat included in the Blue Apron box this time. It says it's sirloin. The meat was not “bad” per se, it just seemed to have a grainy texture. I'm not sure what that would be from.
A beautiful piece of steak cooking right here! I think the thing I love about cooking steak in the morning (I was eating this for breakfast, of course), is that it seems a little indulgent. I don't know about you guys, but I never had steak for breakfast growing up! Taking the time (and money) to cook myself something like this really is fun on a Saturday morning while I drink a cup of coffee and prepare for a day of projects around the house or a brew day (I'm a homebrewer).
Don't forget to start your rice cooking right away if you want to make this in a reasonable amount of time! Once the rice is cooked, you can blend in the kimchi (cabbage + spices) , more pepper flakes, the gochujang, and salt + pepper. The rice mixture starts to take on a nice red color at this point.
Stir fry the rice with the kimchi blend to cook the cabbage.
A simple fried egg on top. Although the Blue Apron picture shows sunny side up, I like to briefly cook the top of my egg so it's not “too” runny, which you'll see in the final photo below. It's not as pretty for presentation, but it's real to life, how I eat. lol.
It was also not easy to cut the steak into thin enough slices to make a nice presentation. I used the wrong type of knife, and basically tore it to shreds.