The other day on Facebook, a wonderful conversation was started between myself and a few friends on a group one of my girlfriends started strictly for sharing recipes, tips and just plain food eye candy.  What started as a question asking the group whether or not they cook a lot of cultural dishes for their children and how their children enjoy the different kinds of cuisine, turned into one of the most edifying discussions around food I’ve ever taken part in.  

I moved to Canada when I was a year and a half and although my parents are first generation Canadians and pretty much lived in Canada most of their lives, they still hold very strongly to their cultural roots. This translates mostly in the food they have lovingly created in their kitchen for me and my siblings growing up.  Oh, the food.  

Food, much like music and art, is a universal language.
Taking a bite out of a dish transports and gives you a “taste” of that culture.
Here in Canada, there’s nothing like good old Montreal Poutine piled high with squeaky cheese curds. In the US, they take a lot of pride in their flame-broiled burgers. Crispy skinned peking duck is China’s yummy national dish. Adobo and pancit noodles will instantly transport you to the tropical regions of the Philippines.  Craving sausages? Make sure you try Fränkischze Bratwurst with sauerkraut and potato salad, a German favourite! You haven’t tasted real delicious barbecued, grilled meats till you’ve had Argentine Asados.  Well, Korean barbecue comes pretty close with their delicious beef bulgogi.

Speaking of Korean food, have you ever been to a Korean BBQ restaurant before? They’re the ones where you can grill your own selection of meats with an abundance of sweet and savoury sauces over a portable teppanyaki grill on each table.


Absolutely delicious and a must-try! My favourite Korean dishes of all time is beef bulgogi and the Korean national dish, Kimchi!
Pair them together and it’s magic.

Bulgogi is a sweetly marinated and grilled thinly sliced top sirloin beef strips and kimchi is fermented vegetables, the most common of which are napa cabbage and daikon radish and usually a bit spicy.
At first when I tried kimchi, I was not a fan. I felt it was too pungent and tangy for my taste. It wasn’t until I tried for a second time, I was wholly converted.
A good learning lesson here, folks. Don’t knock it till you try it… for the 2nd time!

I wanted to make something at home that would incorporate my Korean faves and would not take up so much of my time and that my kids would love gobble up. Therefore, kimchi fried rice and my 15 minute Korean Beef was born in my kitchen.
I’ve been making kimchi fried rice even prior to having kids, but always with big hefty chunks and a lot of kimchi.
My kids took one taste of kimchi and never wanted to try again (I’m working on them…).
So what’s the best thing to do to get your kids to eat anything? Why you cut it up in tiny pieces and make them unnoticeable to their little investigative eyes, of course.
I also much prefer to use brown rice (it’s my favourite rice!) because of the added health benefits — high in fiber and manganese, rich in selenium, great for weight loss, an antioxidant and a slow-release sugar.

My kimchi fried brown rice and Korean beef bowl has been on the dinner (and lunch) request list ever since.
And with how quick and easy you can make these, not to mention how delicious they are, I have no complaints over here.

What makes my life a whole lot easier too is by simply using Minute Rice® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice which literally takes me 2 minutes to whip up. Plus, their brown rice tastes amazing and much like you’re eating white — my kids don’t even notice!


It takes 15 minutes to make each, so 30 mins in total and you can always alternate to make one of each separately whenever you like as well. The 15 Minute Korean Beef will go great with coleslaw and/or white rice too.




15 Minute Korean Beef
A cheater, quick version of Korean Beef BBQ.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  4. 1/2 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  5. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  7. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 pound ground beef
  9. 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and ginger.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in soy sauce mixture and green onions until well combined, allowing to simmer until heated through, about 2 minutes.
  4. Serve immediately with rice.
Adapted from Damn Delicious
Adapted from Damn Delicious



Kimchi Fried Rice
Serves 2
An easy, tangy and delicious kimchi fried rice recipe.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 4 tablespoons oil
  2. 2 large egg
  3. 2 clove garlic, finely minced
  4. 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  5. 1 cup kimchi, cut into small pieces + 2 tbsp kimchi juice
  6. 4 cups Minute Rice® Instant Whole Grain Brown Rice
  7. 2 tbsp soy sauce or to taste
  8. 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  9. 4 dashes black pepper
  10. 2 stalk scallion, cut into small rounds
  1. First squeeze out the juices from the cup of kimchi using paper towels and once drier, cut up into small chunks.
  2. Heat up a wok with 1/4 tablespoon oil and cook the eggs sunny side up (or just fry if you don't like the yoke). Dish out and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining oil into the wok. Sauté the garlic and onion until aromatic. Add the kimchi and do a few quick stirs before adding the rice. Stir to combine well. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil, black pepper, and scallion. Stir a few times to blend with the rice.
  4. Dish out and serve with egg on top of the rice.
Adapted from Rasa Malaysia
Adapted from Rasa Malaysia
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the #WeekdayWin Program with Minute Rice Canada. All opinions expressed are entirely those of the author.


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150 Comments on 15 Minute #WeekdayWin Meals: Korean Beef with Kimchi Fried Brown Rice + Giveaway

  1. well my dinner tonight seems rather boring compared to the Korean Beef with Kimchi Fried Brown Rice…..I totally need to try making this beef, the flavor must be incredible!

  2. I have tried and like the Basmati rice, but my Safeway store does not carry it, so I just by the white minute rice.

  3. My favourite it basmati because it doesn’t stick and the grains are long and fluffy, plus it goes with everything!

  4. I love Basmati rice. I love the fragrant aroma and flavour, and I cook a lot of Indian food, so it is the perfect rice.

  5. I like white rice the best we eat lots of rice sometimes like 3-4 times a week .. thanks for the chance 🙂

  6. I’ve always stuck with white minute rice only because that’s what I was raised on! I’d love to expand my rice horizons though 🙂

  7. We always have the white rice on had for any easy side, after reading your post and the comments I plan on trying some other kinds next time I have to stock up.

  8. It would be great to
    win a Minute Rice #WeekdayWin Prize Pack.
    In response to your question of
    Which type of Minute Rice do you prefer
    – White, Brown, Jasmine, or Basmati and why?
    I prefer White Minute Rice only because
    i haven’t tried the others yet.
    Thank you for having this giveaway.

  9. I enjoy white basmati rice best because it has a nice texture and tastes good. I want to try your kimchi rice recipe, it sounds really good!

  10. We usually eat brown rice because it is healthy and we like the taste of it. Occasionally we will have one of the other types just for variety.

  11. We are actually huge rice fans at my house, we don’t have a favourite, we love them all, just depends what’s cooking as to which rice we’ll use.

  12. I use Minute Rice White Rice because I cook it in Cream of Mushroom Soup or Tomato Soup. Usually I make a one pot meal with Pork Chops, Chicken Thighs Souped Up Minute Rice.

  13. I like Basmati rice – I find it tastes the best and is lower glycemic than white & jasmine with more health benefits.

  14. We are split in our house half white, half brown, I like the white because it’s what I am use too and it goes with everything.

  15. I prefer brown rice. I’m not sure if it actually is healthier or not but it feels like its the healthy choice lol.

  16. I prefer Basmati because I love the flavour and I find it goes best with the Indian food I like to make!

  17. I prefer brown rice,because the whole family likes it. I`m not a fan of basmati rice but my hubby and son likes it.

  18. I can only say white at this time because I have only tried brown a couple times and I don’t recall trying Basmati or Jasmine, but it really doesn’t matter to me I love my rice and could eat it everyday!!

  19. We love white, we have a very picky eater in this house lol but we do eat others just have to make him white

  20. I love white rice because it is the best to add to different meal in my opinion aswell as for my 3 picky eaters

  21. we usually go with white, because it is so quick and easy – but i enjoy all of them- i need to expand my horizons!

  22. I actually do not have a preference and I buy all types and enjoy them equally . The reason why is because I love to cook and I love to utilize specific rice for each its intent

  23. I prefer white rice. I have never really tried the others but I am just the type of person to stick to what I know I like

  24. I don’t really have a preference; I like all types of rice. However, I do prefer certain types for different recipes.

  25. I personally prefer jasmine because I find it really fragrant. The kids prefer white so that is what we have most of the time, but sometimes I’ll buy a different variety for my husband and I to enjoy 🙂

  26. I prefer white rice, I wish I could eat others but the after effect of eating brown rice and others I stay clear of them

  27. I haven’t tried the Minute Rice brown or jasmine, but I love all types of rice depending on what I’m putting it with.

  28. I really enjoy Basmati rice.The aroma is so delicious and the flavour has just the right subtle hint of being somthing special.

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