Kimchi & Bitter Gourd Fried Rice

I happen to have kimchi and bitter gourd in my fridge. I googled for kimchi & bitter gourd recipes but couldn’t find any, found how to make bitter gourd kimchi instead (basically pickled bitter gourd). Inspired by this kimchi fried rice recipe, I made up my own kimchi & bitter gourd fried rice.


  • oil, about 1-2 tablespoon
  • garlic, 2-3 cloves
  • chili, 1
  • baby corn, 1
  • bitter gourd, 1/3 of a medium size
  • kimchi, a handful. Don’t throw away the liquid
  • one day old rice, 1 bowl
  • salt, pepper, soy sauce, or other flavoring of your choice
  • egg (optional; omit for vegan version)

(I only cooked a plate for myself and eyeballing the amount. Adjust as necessary)

  1. Heat wok, add oil
  2. Chop/press/whizz garlic & chili. Add to the hot oil
  3. Slice baby corn & bitter gourd thinly. After the garlic become fragrant, add them to the wok, toss around
  4. Add kimchi liquid to the wok, toss around
  5. Slice kimchi thinly, add them to the wok, toss around
  6. Add seasoning
  7. When the bitter gourd is soft, add rice, mix well until rice is coated with kimchi liquid
  8. Make space on the wok. Crack egg. Scramble with rice
  9. Serve hot!

This fried rice turned out great! The taste is spicy, a bit sour from kimchi, and just a hint of bitterness from the bitter gourd. I think other vegetables will work too, like carrot or bell pepper.

I didn’t take any picture this time. I’ll try to remember to take picture in my next kitchen adventures.


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