I purposely make extra black forbidden rice to have leftovers for this dish! According to Chinese Medicine black food nourishes your jing, or vital essence or energy. In ancient China only the emperor was allowed to eat black rice, hence it’s name “forbidden”. It is the perfect meal when you have left over rice and a bunch of random veggies in the fridge that you aren’t quite sure what to do with. Make sure you use left over rice. It just isn’t the same with it cooked fresh! It is pictured here topped with Pineapple Kim Chi that I posted a while back with the Tempeh Taco recipe but is just as delicious without.
- 1 recipe of gochujang sauce (recipe follows)
- 1 recipe of pineapple kim chi (recipe follows, prepare first as it takes 2 hours to marinate)
- 6 cups of cooked left over rice. I love to use black forbidden rice but any left over rice will do!
- 3 tbsp. of olive or avocado oil
- 4 cups of mixed chopped veggies (I used carrots, shredded cabbage, onion, and spinach)
- 3/4 cup cashews
- vegan kim chi (I like Wild Brine Kim Chi, which is available at Nesters or your local health food store)
- micro-greens or sprouts to garnish
Pineapple Kim Chi: (For more detailed instructions visit the Tempeh Taco with Pineapple Kim Chi recipe)
- 1 ripe pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 an asian pear, peeled, seeded and chopped
- 1/2 cup gochugaru (korean chili flakes, available at the Asian market in Banff on Bear St.)
- 1/4 cup tamari
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp. coconut sugar
- 1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
Combine everything but the pineapple in a high speed blender until smooth. Combine the paste and the chopped pineapple in a large bowl. Stir to coat. Spoon into a mason jar. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours.
Gochujang Sauce: (for more detailed instructions visit the OMB (Oh My Buddah Bowl)
- 3 tbsp. tamari
- 2 tbsp. mirin
- 2 tbsp. gochujang paste (available at the asian market on Bear St. in Banff)
- 2 tbsp. rice vinegar
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. finely grated fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp. honey
Whisk all ingredients together in a small mason jar. Set aside. This lasts several weeks in the fridge.
In a large fry pan heat the avocado oil. Stir fry the 4 cups of veggies until tender crisp. If using onions, start with them and then gradually add the rest of your chosen veggies, adding the ones that cook the fastest last. (spinach in this case)
Stir in the 6 cups of cooked rice followed by 1/4 cup of the prepared gochujang sauce. Taste to adjust the seasonings. Add more if you like it spicier or a little more tamari for more salt if desired. Keep in mind that the kim chi that you are adding at the end will be salty!
Stir well to coat all of the rice and veggies with the sauce. Add the cashews. Top with 1/2 cup of chopped kim chi. Continue to cook over medium heat without stirring so that the rice on the bottom gets a little bit crisp and chewy. (about 5 min.)
Spoon into big bowls. Add a dollop of Pineapple Kim Chi and a handful of micro greens or sprouts to each bowl to garnish.