Kimchi Rice Waffles are easier to make than you think, and more exciting than fried rice. It's really just mix and waffle! Make them a heartier dinner or fancy snack with one of the five suggested toppings.
Heat your waffle iron as manufacturer instructs. While it is heating, prepare the kimchi rice waffle mix. You may also wish to heat your oven on low (100C) and pop a baking tray inside. This is to keep the first cooked waffles warm while the others are being made.
For the waffles, add the cooked cold rice to a mixing bowl along with the chopped kimchi, grated ginger, chopped spring onions and grated carrot. Squish together really well with your hands, crushing some of the rice. It won't stick together.
In a small bowl, add the chia seeds and kimchi juice or water (or use one egg). Let this sit until it makes a gel (about 5 minutes), then stir in the miso paste, yuzu juice, sesame oil and the grated apple. Add this to the kimchi rice mixture and stir very well, or use your hands.
Now add the flour. I've made these with and without flour, and they are best with flour as it really helps them to stick together in the waffle maker.
Spray your hot waffle plates, or brush with oil using a silicone pastry brush. Dollop on some of the waffle mixture - amount depends on waffle plate configuration and size. Mine is small and I like my waffles not to fill the grids.
Cook the waffles approximately six minutes, checking at four minutes. You may need more time, especially if your waffles are larger than mine. Loosen with a silicone spatula and place on the heated oven tray if you wish. Carry on with the remaining mixture.
While the waffles are cooking make one or more of the topping suggestions.
Sprinkle over the cheese and place in a warm oven until the cheese just melts. Or you can pop them under a hot grill/broiler. Sprinkle over the toasted sesame seeds and chopped spring onions.
Slice the mushrooms into even pieces - I like mine as matchsticks. Heat the oil in a medium-hot pan and stir fry the mushrooms until they release their liquid. Add the spicy fermented black beans and heat through. Top each waffles with the mixture and garnish with sprouts
Stir together the mayo and yuzu or lime juice and drizzle over the waffles, followed by a sprinkling of seeds and sprouts if liked.
Mix together the crab meat, yuzu juice, seasoning and pepper. Dollop this mixture onto the waffles then garnish with sliced avocado and chilli
Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the eggs to your liking. Pop one on a waffle and drizzle with hot sauce. Top with another waffle if liked (not shown) plus some sprouts.
The recipe nutrition information is for the *whole recipe* of waffles, without toppings.
The waffles are best eaten fresh but can be reheated in a warm oven.