One of my best (and coolest) friends ever, T., went to Korea for an exchange a few years back. Naturally, when we met later, I asked her about the culinary experience there. And one of those things that came up was this:
“there was hardly any good Italian stuff around” (Wasn’t she in Korea, not Italy? :P). “But they did make kimchi pizza and spaghetti”.
right…, KIMCHI PIZZA!
The idea got stuck with me ever since. I am curious, certainly. Since you know, I am one of those who firmly believe that the formula for good pizza is this: excellent dough + simple (but best) topping. Read all the bread making books, watch Food Safari and they all tell the same thing!
But then, why not try something new? I’ve been chicken with making kimchi pizza though. 1- I don’t know how it’s gonna turn out. 2- No one in this family, except for me, likes kimchi.
The opportunity comes when Jeroxie announced the Pizza pie event just at the time when my craving for kimchi reached a new high. (Very strange, but I do crave for kimchi now and then. Just as I do with chocolate).
I still stick to my trusted pizza dough though. The one that requires 2 days to make that I learned from Gattina from a few years back. This recipe is a winner, and resting the dough in the fridge overnight produces superior pizza base. Very flavourful. That, I won’t change even a t!
As for the topping (filling), okay, I do go crazy. Chicken, cooked with some Korean pepper paste, and kimchi are the theme for the day. It’s spicy, so don’t bother with fancy cheese. Normal pizza cheese mix will do the job.
I did two versions here. One is the normal pizza, with the top crust made out of roasted seaweed. Second is a more traditional pie look, which is quite rustic…
Verdict? Two thumbs up! (If you like kimchi and spicy food, and don’t mind experimenting and indulging in “food porn” for once). I get both my pizza and kimchi cravings fixed!
Dough recipe: please refer to gatinna’s instruction here. I’ve made it so many times, and it’s still one of the best and easiest yet.
Topping: (for 2 -3 small pizza/pies)
400g chicken fillet, cut into strip
2-3 tbp Korean hot pepper paste (to taste)
1/2 cup kimchi
Roasted seaweed, cut into strip.
Method: prepare the dough as per usual. Preheat oven to max degree. Put pizza stone in the oven for 30 mins at least.
For the topping, stir-fry the chicken with hot pepper paste and fish sauce. Cool.
Stretch the pizza dough to shape, spread with some pepper paste. Put chicken and kimchi on top, followed by the cheese.
Sprinkle the pizza stone with cornmeal, put the pizza on top. Bake until golden. Sprinkle roasted seaweed on top then serve.
For the pie: just put a cap on top to enclose the filling then bake as per usual.
Join the pizza party, come over to jeroxie site!