Kimchi barley bowl

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Kimchi barley bowl

This recipe requires some up-front chopping and prep, but once you have all the ingredients ready to go, the dish comes together in minutes.


  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup kimchi , chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon kimchi juice , (the excess liquid in the kimchi jar)
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • salt , to taste


  • 2 soft boiled eggs
  • 1/4 cup green onions , sliced
  • 2 avocados , sliced
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 12 sheets of roasted seaweed snack , cut in strips


  • To cook the pearl barley, combine barley and 2 ½ cups broth or water in a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook 40 minutes until barley is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • Heat a large frying pan on medium high heat and melt butter.
  • Add barley, kimchi, kimchi juice, and tamari.
  • Saute, stirring continuously until barley is warmed through, kimchi is slightly wilted, and liquid is mostly evaporated, about 4-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and taste. Add salt as needed.
  • Divide barley into 4 bowls. Top each bowl with ½ soft boiled egg, 1 tbsp green onion, ½ avocado, ½ tbsp sesame seeds, and 3 sheets of seaweed snack.
  • Serve immediately.

Recipe by Kristy Kohler and Eliza Larson, co-founders of Oat Mama, and excerpted from Eat to Feed: 80 Nourishing Recipes for Breastfeeding Moms, published by Hachette Book Group, 2019. Photo by Eliza Larson.