Monday, February 9, 2009

kimchi, oh the kimchi


What a delicious and wonderful treat. This may seem extremely random, but I have to admit my love for this Korean side dish. Is it so wrong that I can turn this into a meal. And what I mean by meal, is a bowl of kimchi with a side of kimchi. I can't seem to recall where I first encountered kimchi, or even when I fell in love it. I do know that I can't stop eating the style of kimchi available at my local Korean Central Market. First it was small containers and those would disappear in a night. Next up the medium size containers, hmm somehow those disappeared in a night. Whoa what's this...a larger size; same thing. Where can I go from here, well I've graduated to buying the $19.99 tub.

I have tried to make my own kimchi, 3 times now, but I can't seem to really pull it together. Maybe I don't put the right spices in, let it sit long enough, cast the right spell...If anyone has any tips or suggestions to making your own kimchi; I would love to hear them. While $20 for a bucket (look at it compared to a 2L Pepsi) is a good deal, making it myself would make it that much better. Especially since H&W almost always has cabbage for cheap.

8 comments:

bruleeblog said...

Whoa that's some jar. I usually just buy some from the guy at the Strathcona Farmer's Market.

Chris said...

Haha. I almost laughed the first time I bought the jar thinking, 'dear lord, that is a lot of kimchi'.

How is the version you get at the SFM. I don't get down there as much as I would like, but don't recall seeing it there before.

Kevin said...

Kimchi is one of my favorites as well. This reminds me that I am out. I will have to fix that soon!

Chris said...

Thanks for stopping by Kevin. Your site is fantastic!

bruleeblog said...

To be honest, I don't remember. I haven't been down there in about a year now, something that I need to change.

Oh and I wanted to show you this link since you said you have this thing about baking bread... http://www.choosy-beggars.com/index.php/2009/02/10/garlic-and-halloumi-pull-aparts

shokutsu said...

You'd be surprised at how much goes into making kimchi. Have you tried any others besides cabbage that you like? I thought the kimchi sold at SFM was good, much better than those in Korean grocery stores in town.

Chris said...

Thanks for the link bruleeblog, I will definitely put that on the indulgence to bake list. It sounds like cheese bread to the next level.

Thanks for stopping by shokutsu - I've only attempted it on the small scale, as I was hoping to figure out a good technique before I make a tub of it. I'm also working on a post about a few other things I have picked up at the Korean market and, I will have to stop by the SFM and see about this kimchi now for sure.

bruleeblog said...

I shouldn't reply to posts when I'm half asleep. lol I meant to say that I can't remember how much the jars cost but that the kim chee there is great - spicy and fresh. And they'll give you a sample to try it too.

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