Bacon and Kimchi Benedict:
Bloody Bens was borne out of Ben’s Canteen. The Canteen was famous for Brunch and to complete the experience we needed to create a banging Bloody Mary which, after much experimentation, we absolutely nailed. The secret was the Spice Mix. Then customers started asking us to bottle it, and just before Christmas 2017, Bloody Bens was created.
Sadly the Canteen is no more, following the two years or so after the Brexit referendum, footfall began to reduce, spend went down and costs went up and up, so eventually, like so many other shops and restaurants, the business couldn’t carry on. However, the silver lining is that Bloody Bens continues!
The other day, we were going through the Canteen archives and came across some old recipes, so we thought we’d share them with you. Please note, these are chef specs rather than more precise home cooking notes, so bear that in mind, especially when you’re yearning for a bit more detail.
This Eggs Benny with the addition of Kimchi shows how much more adventurous we have got as eaters. A few years before, at the Canteen, we’d tried a Kimchi Burger but it barely sold, most people weren’t up for it. Fast forward and Kimchi was even available as a side and ordered quite regularly.
Needless to say, a Bacon and Kimchi Benedict goes great with a Bloody Mary.
Grill your Bacon and get Poaching your Eggs, and if you’re not using a shop bought Hollandaise then you need to make that up too. Then Toast your English Muffin and top with Kimchi, add the Bacon, place your Poachers on top and smother in Hollandaise. Add the Lambs Lettuce in-between your Muffins, sprinkle Toasted Sesame over the Eggs and a pinch of Salt and Pepper.
Also, something to try, drizzle some Kimchi juice into your Bloody Mary to give it a little extra zing.