Friday, September 18, 2009

Comfort Food

My favorite comfort food is kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae). Well, I shouldn't really call it kimchi jjigae since what I make is truly not traditional. First of all, usually it is made with pork, but when I made it this week, I used chicken. I also didn't use any of the flavorings that are often used.

We always have a big jar of kimchi in our fridge. Usually, my mother-in-law makes kimchi and gives us some. On the rare occasion that she doesn't give us any, we buy it. I guess making kimchi could be a fun project one of these days... Anyway, here is the jar of kimchi that was quite ripe and therefore perfect for kimchi stew.

I simply sauteed some chicken in some olive oil and after the chicken was browned, I added the kimchi a bit of water.

Then I reduced the heat and let the stew simmer for a few hours.

After a few hours, the chicken was all shredded and very flavorful. Before serving the dish, I added a bit of sesame oil.

And here is my plate with some white rice. While this dish isn't the prettiest food I have ever made, it sure is comfort food! :o)

Question: What's your favorite comfort food?

Be well,