For an uninterested outsider, or for an elderly, TikTok is a lost world where a bunch of youngsters dance the same dance and lip sync the same songs over and over.
And of course, it involves some other meaningless stuff like breaking things or pranking a random pedestrian etc.
But if you look closer, TikTok hosts a couple of useful events too. Fashion trends for instance are one such thing. Food and cooking are another.
Yes, TikTok hosts countless channels where people introduce varieties of food formerly unknown, and untasted.
And here we’ve planned to talk about one such great discovery from the renowned video hosting service—the Kimchi grilled cheese, aka the first 1st viral recipe of 2023.
Grilled cheese, we may have heard, but what the hell is Kimchi, and why is it going viral? If you are having the same question, you’re lucky because you are about to taste this mouth-watering and irresistible dish within the next few paragraphs. So, let’s get your taste buds dancing!
First Things First, What Is Kimchi?
Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage, mixed with spices and seasoning such as chilli peppers, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce.
It is a staple in Korean cuisine and is often served as a side dish or as an ingredient in other dishes. Well, if no one told you, the exotic-sounding dish is considered to be a very important part of Korean culture and cuisine and is frequently referred to as the “national dish” of Korea.
The process of making kimchi is an annual event that typically takes place in the fall, known as “Kim Jang,” where families and communities come together to prepare large quantities of kimchi to last throughout the winter.
This tradition has been passed down through generations and is considered an important part of maintaining cultural identity.
Furthermore, Kimchi is also commonly high in vitamins A and C, and it has been said to have many health benefits. Yummy and healthy—a perfect combo. Period.
The Real Deal—Kimchi Grilled Cheese
Almost an arduous task it is to describe this when a kimchi grilled cheese is not on my table waiting to be consumed after I’ve done with this.
Melty cheese dripping over that crisp, hot brown bread with a lover that sits between it, waiting to share that unforgettable sense of touch, and smell—that heavenly relationship your taste buds has been dreaming of. My dear lord!
The cheese adds a rich, savoury flavour that is balanced by the slight sweetness of the bread. The butter, margarine, or oil used to grill the sandwich also adds a delicious, rich flavour and a satisfying crunch to the sandwich.
And then comes the Kimchi. I can guarantee you—your patience is going to be tested like never before. So without wasting any more time—here is the golden deal.
The ingredients for a basic kimchi grilled cheese sandwich typically include:
- Sliced bread (white or whole wheat)
- Kimchi (store-bought or homemade)
- Cheese (cheddar, gouda, mozzarella or other cheese of choice)
- Butter, margarine, or oil for grilling the sandwich
Optional ingredients that can be added to the sandwich include:
- Sliced meat (bacon, ham, or beef)
- Fried egg
- Green onions or scallions
- Sesame seeds
- Sriracha sauce or other hot sauce
Now, to make the sandwich, spread kimchi on one or both slices of bread, add cheese and any other desired ingredients and then grill it in a pan with butter, margarine or oil until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
Some people prefer to press the sandwich with weight to make sure that the cheese melts better. The sandwich can be served warmly and enjoyed with a cold beer or soft drink.
Additionally, you might also prepare a straightforward green salad or a smoother soup, such as a luscious tomato soup or the cheery, nourishing, and delectable golden soup that would fit well with the sandwich.
Veg or non-veg, Kimchi grilled cheese is the new game. It can’t be missed. It’s a sin, almost.