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Fermented food seems to be quite en vogue these days. People are pickling anything they can get their hands on. And why not? There are both nutritional and flavor benefits alike. We even have a pickling section on this blog! But the purpose of this post is to show off these beautiful kimchi fries, not to discuss the finer points of lacto-fermentation.
The first time Mike made kimchi for this site, he really swung for the fences. While ambitious, the first version of his recipe was not for the faint of heart. It was extremely flavorful, and very easy on the eyes, but it’s bold pungency and unrelenting heat made it a little bit too unapproachable for our purposes. So, we adjusted the recipe. Instead of bitter greens and kohlrabi, we opted for a sweeter and lighter endeavor, utilizing napa cabbage and granny smith apples as our principal ingredients. We also decided to slow our roll with the smoked habanero flakes, and substituted some simple thai chili flakes for a milder, yet sufficiently spicy result. It turned out so good, we have an upcoming post that will explain the entire process in full detail.
So, after completing a much more palatable and friendly version of kimchi, the only thing left for us to do was toss a heap of it on top of a pile of fried potatoes. But we couldn’t just stop there. We had a chance to create yet another opportunity for vegans everywhere to indulge themselves in pure, blissful, gluttony. That’s right. This heaping monstrosity of probiotic-rich carbohydrates is 100% animal free. This was an easy decision, because as magnificent as fresh Wisconsin cheese curds might be, they just don’t jive with this kimchi. But, it’s just as well. The depth of flavor and the complexity of these fermented vegetables is more that enough to make up for a lack of dairy products. To add a bit more gratuitousness, we tossed a handful of chopped cilantro on top, squeezed out a squiggly helping of vegan mayo, and called it a day.
We might not be fancy food scientists, or James Beard Award winners, but we can put some stuff on some fries that will blow your mind. Let us know in the comments below if you have an idea for a pile of fries with some stuff on it. We love to hear from you!