Monday, June 06, 2011

Spoiler Alert: Sad Story

I got the hankering for this dish after Molly moaned, almost audibly, over it. She has never steered me wrong.
It is a bowl of kimchi fried rice, made with bacon and egg. It sounded startling to me, but Molly moaned.
It was OK. No, I didn't like it. I ate half, and threw the rest away.
The bacon. That didn't work for me.
I will allow the slight possibility that one of the slices of guanciale had a microscopic dot of mold on it, and the bad flavor could have tainted the rice.
But I doubt it.
Besides, I'm not making it again, even if it is the most delicious food in the world to somebody else.
It didn't work for me.

28 comments:

Zoomie said...

Kim chee fried rice? Just a guess but it's all over the interwebs... looks tasty!

cookiecrumb said...

Yes!

Little Pots & Pans Co. said...

Wooooo, says the woman with the large jar of kimchi in her fridge! Can't wait. Tho Mr Pots is not a fan, am trying to hard to change that! (and we finally got enough sun to mow this weekend - how's that for boring domesticalality??)

kudzu said...

I think it's brave of you (and I would expect nothing less) to post a negative review of a dish so highly touted. All too often we see just the opposite, where there is never a nay said about something recommended by a popular source. Hope you find something to tuck into today that will please you more!

cookiecrumb said...

GOOD OL' "FROTHY" ENTERS THE RACE

cookiecrumb said...

Little Pots: Too bad I had a bad experience with it... I love kimchi too. But don't let me stop you, really.

Kudzu: Thank you! I'm sure I've done Molly no harm and I still like her. It looks like bacon kimchi fried rice may have originated with Momofuku, those silly kids. If I'd know that, I probably wouldn't have made it at all.

bewitchingkitchen.com said...

Your post reminded my of the movie we watched yesterday - The Tree of Life

critics raved over it. Me and the three folks who watched it with me thought it was the worst movie in the last decade.

to each its own. I trust your judgment and won't be trying this recipe ;-)

cookiecrumb said...

Bewitch: I'm sorry the movie stunk. I'd heard advance raves, but it turned out people just didn't like the movie. So, thanks to you! I won't even rent it.

Zoomie said...

Poor Frothy - he was doomed before he ever started by his father's name. I'm loving all these self-destructive Repugs.

Zoomie said...

Oh, and poached eggs on everything was a fad like kimchi fried rice is for you. Meh. I liked a few of the permutations but will not be making that on a regular basis.

Greg said...

Sorry about the food.I do love the blue plate it's on.

cookiecrumb said...

Zoomie: I sorta like the idea of poached eggs on top of food. Not on spaghetti, though.

Ha, ha. Oh, Greg, I got that blue bowl at Longs, before it turned into CVS (which I don't like). It was my lunch bowl for when I worked in an office. Easy Mac, gross stuff like that. I love the bowl. :)

namastenancy said...

I wasn't that impressed by the dish either and there was nothing wrong with my ingredients. I just thought it was kind of blah and a bit too greasy for my taste. I liked all the ingredients but not together. But now I've got a huge jar of kimchee in my fridge and I am having no trouble finding things to eat it with.

Little Pots & Pans Co. said...

No worries, I'd much rather hear an honest opinion about a recipe. I could see how the bacon might not work, too much grease could easily make the dish almost rancid, or even the smoke from curing.
Just pass the chopsticks and I'll go back to eating my kimchi straight from the jar (yes, I'm too lazy to make it myself thank you).

cookiecrumb said...

Nancy: You already tried this recipe? Brava. And how great having the leftover kimchi. Upside!

Little Pots: For me it was the smoke of the bacon. Out of kilter. Now, you do know how easy it is to make kimchi? Laziness has nothing to do with it. You're just scared. Try! And... I love to eat it straight from the jar.

meathenge said...

Ah well. In the immortal words of my friend Big D, "NEXT !!!"

xo, Biggles

cookiecrumb said...

Biggles: Absolutely! I'm thinking about something with chicken right now. Or maybe I'm thinking about egg rolls again.

Cheryl Czekala said...

It's sunny in the City (Tuesday). Hope your weather is finally cheerful!

cookiecrumb said...

Yes, Cheryl. Totally sunny, and getting better by the minute. Thanks for your good cheer. I need it.

Lannae said...

Ok, I totally dig homemade faux fried rice made with onions, bacon, scrambled eggs, peas, and a little local organic (nonGM) fermented soy sauce and a little pepper. I love it! It is my comfort food. But once, I too made a mistake adding kim chi, or ban chan that I spent really good money on from the S. Korean vendors that came to my town for 1 weekend. The kim chi or ban chan is so good with plain rice, so good on its own, but no good with scrambled eggs, bacon and rice. Bummer.

cookiecrumb said...

Hi, Lannae! Wow, thanks for the confirmation. I'd like to try faux fried rice your way, hold the kimchi.

meathenge said...

Egg rolls, egg rolls, egg rolls! Dip, MUNCH. Heaven.

xo, Biggles

Robert said...

Looks good in the picture! However I will trust your judgement, and I will sit this one out. Love the title btw.

-Rob

Recipe Club

cookiecrumb said...

Meathenge: Yah! I make good egg rolls; got a package of wonton wrappwers in the freezer. Munch!

Robert: Well, howdy, stranger. Thanks for your remarks. Come back, now, hear?

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

It's too bad the method for finding the good stuff is the same method for finding the not-so-good (or bad) stuff.

Do you like Korean dolsot bibimbap? I love that hot stone bowl and bits of crispy rice. It's sort of similar, but you get your kimchi first (an array...so much fun), totally separate, not in the same bowl, and there isn't any bacon.

cookiecrumb said...

Denise: I'm not upset with anyone who liked the dish and led me into trying it. They really liked it; I didn't.
Bibimbap has been on my radar for about five years, but there's no Korean in San Rafael (I think). Where do you recommend in SF? :)

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I've only tasted this dish 2 places in my life, so I'm no expert in the matter. The LA place was best, but there's a place I like in Japantown. Marginal atmosphere and service, but good dolsot bibimbap. I believe it's Korea House vs. New Korea House, but darn, I'm not sure. They are practically next door to one another. Very confusing. I'll have to get over there again so I can confirm.

cookiecrumb said...

Denise: (Whoa, who are these trolls linking to me?)
I heard there's some good places out in the Richmond, but don't know.
I really like Japantown. Perhaps I'll do your research for you.
Meanwhile, I got my gochujang.