Kimchi has been making its way into kitchens worldwide – and now Ludacrust is working it into pizza. This vibrant dish boasts fermented vegetables, like cabbage, radish, and spring onions, tantalisingly seasoned with garlic, ginger, chili peppers, salt, and fish sauce. Below, I dive into its flavour profile and explore how it can elevate your pizza experience. A flavour symphony that dances between sour, spicy, sweet, and umami, depending on the recipe and fermentation duration. Beyond its incredible taste, kimchi is a treasure trove of health benefits, brimming with probiotics that bolster your digestive health and immunity. Kimchi is an incredibly versatile ingredient that can be an all-star addition to your pizza.
The Flavour Extravaganza: Kimchi’s Palette and Pizza Pairing
Kimchi’s unique charm lies in its multifaceted taste spectrum. It boasts sour notes from the lactic acid produced during fermentation, intensifying the natural sweetness of vegetables. Its spiciness arises from chili peppers, garlic, and ginger, lending a piquant and aromatic depth. The umami factor emerges from fish sauce, salted shrimp, or other seafood elements, imbuing a savoury and salty dimension.
These diverse flavours make kimchi a perfect pizza topping. It can harmonise with or juxtapose the other ingredients, creating a symphony for your palate. For example, kimchi adds a refreshing tang to a cheese pizza, balancing the richness of the cheese. On a meat pizza, it contributes spicy and crunchy textures, elevating the entire flavour profile. Kimchi also invites fusion, dancing with toppings like pineapple, bacon, or olives. We’ve recently developed a cracking pizza called Lil Kimchi, with pineapple and prawn. What’s more, is that the Ludacrust double-fermented dough, designed to aid digestion and flavour packs an additional gut-health punch when served up with the Lil Kimchi pizza. Check out the rest of our menu.
We’ve been developing a way of having pineapple on pizza and this new creation is just the ticket. See below for more generic recipes you might fancy. The top 2 are definitely a bit of me.
Recipes That Sizzle with Kimchi: A World of Possibilities
– Kimchi Fried Rice: Crafted from leftover rice, kimchi, eggs, and your favourite extras. A dash of bacon, chicken, or tofu (for the veggies) adds a protein punch. Just stir-fry and enjoy!
– Kimchi Macaroni and Cheese: A fusion delight! Combine the comforting cheesiness of mac ‘n’ cheese with the zing of kimchi. Any cheese you fancy will work wonders. Mix cooked macaroni, cheese sauce, and kimchi, then bake to golden perfection.
– Kimchi Pancakes: Savoury pancakes, crispy on the outside and pillowy inside. Flour, eggs, water, and chopped kimchi form the base, with optional scallions, seafood, or meat. Fry to a perfect golden finish and serve with a delectable dipping sauce.
These are just a few of the countless ways to embrace kimchi in your culinary creations. This lively ingredient is not only delicious but also a source of health benefits, housing probiotics to fortify your digestion and immunity. But don’t take our word for it, when out the BBC’s take on the health benefits of kimchi. Share your favourite recipes and ideas with us and embark on a flavourful journey. 😊