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Pizza Pie Party! Recipe: Chicken and kimchi pizza (pie)

>> Sunday, April 18, 2010

Chicken and kimchi pizza pie

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!

Chicken and kimchi pizza pie

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!

Chicken and kimchi pizza pie

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!

Chicken and kimchi pizza pie

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)
fish sauce
1/2 cup kimchi
pizza cheese

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!



Mark @ Cafe Campana 12:11 PM  

Interesting mix of flavours. I am sure it tasted great. I love the look of the pizza pie.

5 Star Foodie 12:20 PM  

I love the idea of kimchi pizza pie! Very neat!

Trix 1:00 PM  

Oh, I adore kimchi and spicy food, so this is just a fantastic idea and marriage of things I love. Also really stunning photos. Awesome!

Jo - SecondHelping 1:14 PM  

What an inspired combination!

penny aka jeroxie 1:38 PM  

I am making this. I love kimchi too! And thanks on the link to the dough. I am always in search of good pizza dough.

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Divina Pe 3:43 PM  

This is brilliant. I love kimchi and the other Asian flavors for this pizza is just genius.

cookingpractice 3:49 PM  

Ha ha, the idea is so weird!! But nice try! Pizza is a type of bread with condiments anyway! ;)

Stephanie 5:19 PM  

I like the idea of the seaweed!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef 5:24 PM  

Awesome topping combination :) I'm pretty happy with my usual pizza dough, but after looking at the one you use I might have to give it a try - it looks great, thanks for sharing!!

Ana Powell 5:28 PM  

Lovely combination of flavours,excellent photos x

Y 5:57 PM  

Haha, I LOVE it Anh! And by pleasant coincidence, I happen to have some home made kimchi that someone gave to me recently, so I think I might be making kimchi pizza soon! Woooo!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 7:59 PM  

A lovely pie! That combination must taste wonderful!



Ilva 9:07 PM  

Of all the crazy pizzas I have seen, this is the wildest but at the same time to most enticing! Wish you could make it for me, it sounds great

Heavenly Housewife 9:10 PM  

What a cool pizza! Its definitely original. I thought I've seen all the toppings.
Hope you are having a great weekend.
*kisses* HH

OohLookBel 9:56 PM  

Talk about thinking outside the square - or circle, in this case! The combination of flavours in your pizza sounds unreal. I wish I could taste it...

La Table De Nana 11:27 PM  

Looks so good on the crinkly paper!

tasteofbeirut 11:45 PM  

You know I am not going to lie to you, I will not make a special trip for kimchi but this pizza on the other hand, yes! love spicy in a pizza and a great crust. I am bookmarking both this and the crust recipe

Jessica604 1:18 AM  

I like how you topped the pizza with a hot pepper paste-chicken and added some more flavour with kimchi and roasted seaweed. It has me thinking of Stephs (at Momofuku for 2) mentaiko udon, where she combines kimchi and mentaiko, a chili-infused cod roe. I think I might do a combo of the two flavourings and add the mentaiko to your pizza recipe!

Evelyne @ CheapEthnicEatz 1:28 AM  

Kimchi pizza? Love it. The crust looks awesome too

Faith 4:19 AM  

I completely agree with your formula for good pizza! This is really unique and sounds deliciously full of flavor!

WizzyTheStick 4:34 AM  

I am sorry I missed this event. It would have been interesting to think up a Caribbean Pie.

Tangled Noodle 4:35 AM  

I had read about kimchi pizza in the LA Times article mentioned on my post and would so love to try it! It sounds so incredibly tasty . . . 8-)

Christine@Christine's Recipes 11:26 AM  

I love Asian style pizza very much, but quite curious about how a kimchi pizza tastes like. Love kimchi and pizza, so I can imagine it'd taste fantastic to me.

~~louise~~ 11:35 AM  

Kimchi Pizza! Oh I can just imagine the journey of flavors!!! I'm saving this link for International Pizza Month!!!

Thanking you so much for sharing, Anh, amazing!!!

Cherrie Pie 1:45 PM  

ooooh! Kimchi pizza... that's very original. Great job Anh

tigerfish 4:00 PM  

That is very creative, sweetie! I like the touch of seaweed in your pizza. While I was frying noodles today, I also added some toasted seaweed in them :)

Shirley 8:23 PM  

Kimchi pizza is a great idea! Would have never thought of it! But thats what makes the pizza so versatile.

Little Corner of Mine 1:55 AM  

Love the addition of seaweed. But I am not a fan of kimchi.

The Wind Attack 6:33 AM  

I get kimchi cravings too, but I would have never thought of adding it to pizza.... but it sounds good! My favorite kimchi dish is just a simple fried egg with kimchi on top. Perfect snack. The yolk mixes with the kimchi sauce and makes creamy, spicy goodness.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 10:03 AM  

Of course! Kimchi pizza makes perfect sense really :) And I like the squares of dried nori on top to complete the picture! :D

Cynthia 11:58 AM  

Goodness gracious Anh, this sounds and looks fantastic!

Manggy 1:10 PM  

I'm very curious to try this! I'd love a bit of sugar in my stir-fried chicken, though ;)

Anh 1:56 PM  

thanks all for the comments!

@manggy: if you use good fish sauce, it has a lovely sweetness undertone. I tasted and thought no sugar was needed. The point is: do the taste-test!

Megan 3:52 PM  

I don't know about this. My friend once let me taste lasagna-flavored pizza and I didn't like it. It was because the thing couldn't decide if it's a lasagna or a pizza.
I'm not a big fan of kimchi either. Also it looks kinda burnt--or is it really supposed to look like that?

Anh 4:28 PM  

Hi Megan,

Kimchi is not something everyone likes. It's an acquired taste. I find that pairing the kimchi with chicken + hot pepper paste + simple salty cheese work. But as any "fusion food", it can be yay or nay. (And if you don't like kimchi, don't bother with this).

The pizza is not burnt. I bake mine in the hottest oven since that gives me the crust I like. Personal preference I guess?

Agnes 6:42 PM  

Kimchi pizza! That's a great idea. I can see why the idea stayed with you. I love the look of the seaweed on top too.

Celeste @ Berrytravels 10:24 PM  

While the idea of the koreans having Kimchi pizza doesn't actually surprise me, I've been trying my hardest to imagine how it would actually taste like. And failing.

So it looks like I'm going to have to make this and rectify my fail. Thanks for the idea!!

shaz 10:53 PM  

Ha ha, I get kimchi cravings too! This sounds very good, unorthodox maybe, but very good :)

Little Inbox 10:57 PM  

The ingredients on the pizza sounds creative!

Gattina 1:47 AM  

isn't it a saying sth... think globally, act locally :) ) the crust is beautifully made (thanks for the sweet words buddy!), with the delicious kimchi and intriguing seaweed pattern, you are a real food artist!

Food For Tots 3:11 AM  

I like Gattina's recipe too. You are such a creative baker! The pizza looks so yummy! Got to try out your recipe soon. ;)

Veggie Belly 3:23 AM  

kimchi in pizza? great idea!

Juliana 6:11 AM  

Anh, what an interesting pizza...with kimchi...I must try it since by reading the ingredients and looking at the pictures my mouth is watering ;-)
By the way, thank you for visiting my site :-)

Rochelle 7:25 AM  

I love kimchi and pizza and have made my own at home but the thought never even entered my mind to make a kimchi pizza :) I'll have to give it a try one of these days!

Kevin 10:58 AM  

Kimchi makes for a great pizza!

Cynthia 2:10 AM  

This is so creative! I just made some homemade kimchi so once that ferments enough, I'll have to give this a try. Great recipe! =)

FFichiban 2:06 PM  

OOhh yummm kimchi pizza ^^! That pie also looks rustically delicious!

Megan 4:53 PM  

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to offend you.

Anh 5:10 PM  

@megan: no, you are entitled to your taste, right? Appreciate your honest comment !

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