Nov 11, 2008

Kimchi Hambagu - 泡菜肉餅

The weather's getting cold!
Ok, maybe I don't have the right to complain about the dropping temperature,
What do I know about winter time?
I live in California, all Californians are not allowed to complain about cold weather!
I can try to keep my mouth shut, but my body is shaking,
Getting out the house is getting rougher and tougher each day (am I being too dramatic here?)
I ought to figure something to feed on that will warm up my stomach.
Kimchi it is.

Ingredients? (for 8)

1 lb of ground pork
1/2 medium size onion (finely chopped)
2 stalks of scallion (finely chopped)
1 1/3 cup of kimchi (finely chopped)
1 tablespoon of roasted sesame
1 egg
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
Extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
Freshly ground black pepper


Have a big bowl ready,
Please pay attention here, I mean BIG bowl.
I was running out of clean big container while making this dish,
Mysteriously, I managed a way to convince myself that this medium sized bowl will still be a good candidate for me to stir in the ingredients,
And yes,...I know I can simply head to another direction and wash the dishes,
But somehow that thought didn't even come across my mind,Or maybe I was just being lazy,
I Ended up having bits of kimchi..ground pork..and scallion flying everywhere..
Lesson learned.

So let's have a big bowl here,
Mix in the scallion, onion, ground pork, kimchi, all purpose flour, roasted sesame, soy sauce, small pinch of salt, some black pepper, and one egg.

Combine all the ingredients till well blended.

This is our main ingredient that makes this dish spicy. Perfect snack during this cold weather!-

Turn on your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Use your palm and form the mixture into oval shaped patties,
You might want to "slap" them around,
I mean by tossing the meat patties back and forth between your palms,
This helps to get rid of the air inside the patties.
Prepare a skillet and drizzle some olive oil,
Turn to high heat and sear both sides of burger patties till slightly brown,
About 2 minutes each side.

Have a baking dish ready,
Drizzle some olive oil and transfer the patties onto the baking dish.
In to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or till the top turns slightly brown color.
After taking the backing dish out from the oven,
Remember to let it sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Final product!-

Those burger patties have a slightly sourish hint from the kimchi,
And they sure are pretty SPICY!

Cindy's Rating: 7


  1. Can make burgers out of it , girl! :P
    Definitely makes a good winter burger.

  2. To Tigerfish~

    Haha too late for burgers!
    I ate two already when it came out from the oven!
    No time to add the buns!

  3. How interesting!

    Have you tried using kim chee as a topping, like sauerkraut on hot dogs?


  4. To Ivan~
    Eh what a good idea,
    Never thought about that,
    I'll give it a try next time at the bbq, gonna be fun!

  5. wow! very creative burger patties, babe!....i bet they are nice with chinese scallion pancakes hehe

  6. To Mochachocolata Rita~
    What a brilliant idea!
    Didn't even think about using Chinese scallion pancake!

  7. Hmmm, so warming... I love this! Bring on the spice. Do you serve these with anything on the side or as is for a full meal?

  8. To Angela~
    I usually just eat it with rice and a few other dishes.
    But I did eat a few after making it though...for snacks!
    Can't wait till my rice is ready!