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Korean Fried Rice (Bokeum Bap) and Betty the One-Eyed Basset Hound!

Vegan Korean Fried Rice

Korean Fried Rice (Bokeum Bap)

Okay, I know you’re thinking “What the heck makes it Korean? It just looks like fried rice!”, but it has Korean chili paste in it! Also known as Gochujang, this makes it authentically Korean, I promise πŸ™‚Β  It also makes it good and spicy! This rice was a side dish, served with my Seitan Bulgogi (recipe coming soon!), but I could totally eat it alone. In fact, the next time I make it I’m going to add more veggies and make the the star of the show. The ingredients all came from what I think should be in a fried rice dish, but I gotta give a shout-out to this recipe from Vegetarian Times- I totally stole their idea for letting the rice just sit in the hot pan towards the end of the process.

On a completely unrelated note, I realized that I’ve introduced readers to all the furry members of my family except for one. Everyone has gotten a Happy Birthday blog post, but poor Betty hasn’t had a birthday since I started the blog- and she wont have one until August and that’s not fair. I can’t ask her to wait that long for her 15 minutes of fame!

Betty came to live with me in 2004 as a foster who had been given up by her family when they had a baby (I probably don’t need to tell you how I feel about people who do that, do I?). I lived in San Diego at the time, and was a foster mom with the local Basset Hound Rescue– an awesome organization! I really wasn’t looking to adopt, but the day Betty came bouncing into my condo (because anyone who has a Basset knows they do bounce!) I changed my mind. She was so sweet and happy (and then, suddenly, sad when she realized her people had left without her) and beautiful I just couldn’t resist. She has the most amazing personality- sweet and affectionate and playful, but a little bit obstinate and sometimes very, very grumpy. A few weeks later she was diagnosed with glaucoma and for the next 2 months I was spending all my time and money driving her to the vet (Southern California’s premiere canine ophthalmologist, of course!) and administering eye drops. Eventually it was decided that A.) I was broke, and B.) we couldn’t get her pain under control, so we decided to enucleate the eye- and thus her nickname was born.

Since then she has moved to CO with me and has gone from being an only dog to being surrounded by furry little siblings that she gets along with (most of the time, anyway!). No matter how many other dogs we adopt, though, Miss Betty will always be the Queen Bee around our house- and she makes sure we don’t forget it. Seriously… sneak up on her blind side or bump into her while she’s asleep and she will let you know who’s in charge! (Hint: It isn’t you!)

She’s coming up on the big 1-3 this summer, and although she has megaesophagus she’s pretty healthy overall, so we hope to have a couple more good years with her. The mega has made feeding her a lot more complicated and time-consuming (she needs to be upright when she eats (almost like a person is), and then has to be held upright for at least 20 minutes after each meal), but that really just gives me an excuse to sit with her on the couch watching terrible TV. She’s a really good dog- and she’s excellent at keeping me warm at night. She sleeps right next to me so that I can check on her periodically to make sure her head is elevated πŸ™‚

Korean Fried Rice (Serves 4-5 as a side )


  • 1 med sweet onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • Sesame oil
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1-2 T Braggs liquid aminos
  • 2+ T Korean Chili Paste
  • 2-3 scallions, sliced thin


  1. In a large skillet, water saute the onion and pepper until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add a little oil to the pan, then add the rice, Braggs, chili paste and scallions. Stir to combine, then let the rice just sit. Turn the heat to low and don’t stir for 7-10 minutes. You might need to add a little more oil, but this is when everything can start to brown and almost caramelize.


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  • Heather March 28, 2012, 6:16 am

    You have the biggest heart Barb – Miss Betty and you sure are lucky to have found one another!…..I am sure like you I consider my pup and kitty my own Babies, the thought would never in a million years cross my mind to give one away.

    This rice looks so good- I am a huge rice fan, this will definitely be on my list of must make!

  • Carrie March 28, 2012, 7:19 am

    Yum! Can’t say I’ve ever had Korean fried rice, but this sounds right up my alley.

    It sounds like Betty is lucky to have such a loving family. πŸ™‚

  • Sheridan March 28, 2012, 12:07 pm

    Betty is precious!!! Thanks so much for sharing her with us and that Korean fried rice looks awesome too!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook March 28, 2012, 12:08 pm

    SO simple and amazing sounding. Braggs, chilli paste and rice are 3 of my favourite things πŸ™‚

  • An Unrefined Vegan March 28, 2012, 12:42 pm

    Betty! What a doll. She’s a lucky girl.

  • Dawn March 29, 2012, 2:32 am

    Love some Korean rice. And don’t get me started about people that have a baby and get rid of their dogs. We have two labs and they are older. Both are in fairly good health but definitely are some care. I would NEVER have even considered getting rid of them. And gosh the fact that Betty is an older pup. That is so sad. It makes me happy that she found a great family.

  • Hannah (BitterSweet) March 29, 2012, 6:37 am

    Looking good, and a nice departure from the standard generic Asian fried rice. I actually have some kimchi on hand, so I was thinking I would try a kimchi fried rice… This recipe looks like the perfect jumping off point! πŸ™‚

  • keepinitkind March 29, 2012, 9:58 am

    I love Betty! The rice looks pretty amazing too, but Betty- she’s such a doll! She is so lucky to have you as a companion. πŸ™‚

  • Henley March 29, 2012, 10:04 am

    A happy ending to what could’ve been a terrible story for Betty- I cannot stand when people do that! I don’t understand what goes through their minds, how they can stop caring about the poor dog. I’m glad she found her way to you!

    The rice looks really delicious. I’ve never had korean food, but I’d like to try some now!

  • K. Madison March 29, 2012, 10:08 am

    I like that you used Braggs instead of regular old soy sauce, what a great idea!

  • thecrueltyfreereview March 29, 2012, 10:58 am

    Betty is such a sweetie! She’s lucky to have you, and vice versa!
    I love me some fried rice and this is a nice little twist on the classic recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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