How did I ever live without knowing this delicious sautéed pork neck and kimchi recipe? When my aunt first cooked this for me, I was hooked. The explosion of flavour, the spicy tang, the crunch in the kimchi, the spring in the pork neck, my brain short-circuited and I was undoubtedly in foodie heaven.
My Aunt noted that this was a lazy person’s short-cut to a fast and delicious home meal. I almost didn’t believe her when she told me that it only required 2 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to cook from start to finish.
For those of you unfamiliar with Kimchi, it is a fermented vegetable dish that can be left in your fridge for up to 2 years without expiring. During this time, it will continue to ferment and the taste will evolve. Kimchi is usually served cold or at room temperature and you can expect it to taste spicy and sour. Depending on your spice tolerance level, the recipe can be adjusted to include less or more kimchi (which is the component that brings the kick).
The second ingredient of this recipe, pork neck (豬頸肉), is quite different from other cuts of pork. It has a very enjoyable crunchy/springy texture and is marbled with fat throughout. You can probably find pork neck in neat pre-sliced packages at Chinese grocery stores. I believe what makes this recipe so special is the texture of the pork neck, of course, you could always pair kimchi with chicken, beef or other cuts of pork, but the contrast of textures won’t be quite the same.
I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do and I wouldn’t hesitate to pair it with a bowl of plain rice and a pan-fried egg. Bon Appétit!
Sautéed Pork Neck and Kimchi Recipe (Spicy)
YIELD: 3 portions (Assuming that this dish is paired with plain rice)
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
CREDITS: Aunt Vikki
- 300 g Pork Neck (豬頸肉), thinly sliced (pre-cut packages are available at most Chinese grocery stores such a TNT or Foodie)
- 300 g Kimchi (available at Korean grocery stores such as Hmart or Galleria)
- Heat a pan over medium-high heat and add the pork neck strips, sautéing until slightly golden. The goal is to cook the meat completely in this step. You do not need to add oil to the pan because the pork neck provides its own fatty oils (similar to bacon).
- Add the kimchi to the pan, mixing evenly with the pork pieces. Continue to stir occasionally until kimchi is hot, about 3 – 5 minutes, after which the dish will be ready.