Stir-fried Pork and Kimchi, also known as buta kimchi, may look like it comes from Korea. Buta kimchi is commonly eaten in Japan as well. It is traditional Japanese comfort food, although it features kimchi, which is often thought of as an exclusively Korean delicacy. This simple one pot pork and kimchi stir fry is absolutely delicious. It takes just a few minutes to prepare. Kimchi is very popular in Japan. You can find it in any supermarket and in many Japanese dishes as well. Kimchi Fried Rice is another dish that can be commonly found in Japan. Stir-fried Pork and Kimchi is a very popular dish in Japan. Most isakayas (Japanese tapa bars) include Buta kimchi on their menu. Kimchi, a staple in Korean cuisine, is a fermented vegetable dish made with chili, salt, onions, and spices. Kimchi is made with a wide variety of vegetables such as cabbage, radish, eggplant, cucumbers, etc.
There are many, many variations of kimchi and it’s important to find one that you like to best enjoy this dish. A friend from Korea once told me that every family has their own recipe that has been handed down over the generations. There are some commercial brands of kimchi that are commonly available. It may require some looking to find the one that you like best. Buta Kimchi uses very thinly sliced pork tenderloin- in Japan it’s called Shabu Shabu pork. Shabu Shabu pork can be boiled, it can be used for pork veggie rollups, or it can be used in stir fries like this one. You can usually find it at the supermarket, but if not, ask your butcher to slice you up some. Buta kimchi can be served with white or brown rice. The rice goes perfectly with the dish. Mix it together with the rice to further decrease the heat. If you like this savory Stir-fried Pork and Kimchi recipe, you may also want to try this yummy minced meat curry.