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Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:01 pm

For some reason I had this urge for kimchi so I bought two jars of it last night from Shop n Save. Had a bit and why just why did I wait two years to buy more kimchi? I got the spicy kind and I think I'm going to eat it more often.

So who besides me loves kimchi?
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:36 pm

For those who never heard of kimchi:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimchi
 
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Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:38 pm

"also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings.[1][2] In traditional preparation, kimchi was stored underground in jars to keep cool during the summer months and unfrozen during the winter months.[3] There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as a main ingredient.[4]"

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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:40 pm

I've had a couple opportunities but chickened out both times. I still have an ambition to try it, though.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:45 pm

You two guys have no idea what you are missing!
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:49 pm

Actually tried making it once, using fresh cabbage and a range of peppers and spices, followed by several days of countertop fermentation under a cheesecloth. The process worked out alright but I got the salt content too high, so the family ended up having to use it in stir-frys.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:51 pm

Only in the US does Kimchi come in jars :\

Also, you have 'cheese' in squeezy bottles and aerosol cans. That, by contrast, makes a jar of Kimchi look like the healthy option.... :o
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:55 pm

Chrispy_ wrote:
Only in the US does Kimchi come in jars :\

Also, you have 'cheese' in squeezy bottles and aerosol cans. That, by contrast, makes a jar of Kimchi look like the healthy option.... :o

How else would you sell it?
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:10 pm

I'm not a regular poster here (more of a lurker) but had to chime in on this. I spent a year or so of my life living in Koreatown (LA, CA). I was invited by some friends to an authentic Korean restaurant where they told me I had to try the Kimchi. I had never even heard of it before, but was game to try anything. I should have known by the way they watched as I took my first bite...I have NEVER eaten something so #$*&ing hot!! I am not a wimp when it comes to spicy food but this absolutely knocked me off my rocker! That was the second most pain I have ever been in I think. The most pain I've ever been in took place about one hour later when molten lava decided to make an exit from my body repeatedly!

Never touched the stuff since.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:14 pm

Sad to say the brand I bought isn't that spicy.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:17 pm

I would try it, but I never seen anything like it in teh grocery stores around here. Will put it on teh grocery list for next time to remind myself. Looks like spicy cabbage rolls, sans the meat and rice.

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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:41 pm

I've had it before and liked it but never been willing to buy the prepared stuff in the store. It's always been in a restaurant or the dried stuff which is more kimchi flavored than real kimchi.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:50 pm

I like to try out ethnic foods every so often and I want the real thing.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:56 pm

I've tried it. Fine in small doses, but I can't scarf it down like a real Korean would. It's apparently a very healthful food too, so maybe I should pickup some more soon.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:37 pm

Good kimchi is great. Try to get it every now and then when eating korean food.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:21 pm

A big downside to kimchi is that there is a lot of salt in it. I have high blood pressure so I have to watch my salt intake.
 
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Sat Feb 27, 2016 6:29 pm

Just wait until JBI weighs in on this thread.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:51 pm

Speaking of which, where is just brew it!?
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:32 am

Been vacationing in sunny south Florida. Returning tomorrow.

I *love* kimchi! I am fortunate to have a Korean grocery in town, so it is easy to get.

I like both the traditional (cabbage based) kind, and the kind made from daikon radish. The radish stuff is pretty stinky though; even with the lid screwed on the aroma permeates the fridge unless you also put the jar in a Ziploc bag! :lol:
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:58 am

Maybe it was the radish stuff that a friend of mine tried to give me once. I'm typically not one to shy away from a new experience, but I got a wiff of that and couldn't go any further.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:00 am

We eat Korean from time to time, specifically bulgogi, which are usually served with a set of side dishes which almost always includes kimchi. I'm not really fond of it but a Korean meal isn't complete without it.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:05 am

The spicier the better! Also the truly fermented stuff. I have a friend whose mother is Korean and she makes the stuff by the barrel and gives it away. I get some every two weeks.

If you want some truly delectable Korean fare next time order the Bibim Naengmyeon. Its cold noodles mixed with sliced beef, pickled radish and cucumbers, Asian pear (which is to die for alone!) and spicy chili sauce. If you don't like the spicy or can't handle it, it can be served in a chilled beef consommé. It's traditionally a 'cold' dish, Koreans eat it during summer months, I've even seen it served with ice cubes.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:17 am

Redocbew wrote:
Maybe it was the radish stuff that a friend of mine tried to give me once. I'm typically not one to shy away from a new experience, but I got a wiff of that and couldn't go any further.

The cabbage stuff can be pretty stinky too, but there's something about fermented radish that just smells a little (OK, a *lot*...) "off". Definitely one of those foods that tastes a lot better than it smells.

Authentic kimchi has fermented fish or shrimp paste in it. That's got a pretty powerful aroma... :lol:
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:14 am

I too enjoy Kimchi, spicier the better, but not to the point my taste buds vanish to complete heat.

I have not tried the 1000year old black nasty looking eggs or a Balute/almost fully formed baby duck in a eggshell with a yolk still YET:)

But I sure like pickled Eggs and I think Ill try the black ones before the Balute, but i guess whatever comes first in my hand will be the next thing I try.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:13 pm

My parents first encountered kimchi in the '70s, when they were resident heads in a dormitory at a private boarding school. Two of the girls were from Korea and received a care package from home. It included kimchi, which had spent the past few months roasting in a shipping container sitting in the sun on a slow cargo boat across the Pacific.

According to the story, when they cracked the container, the hot kimchi smell instantly roiled out the door of the dorm room and out the hall, and it was so bad that one off the other girls panicked and pulled the fire alarm.

Me, I think the stuff is delicious.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:26 pm

Chuckaluphagus wrote:
According to the story, when they cracked the container, the hot kimchi smell instantly roiled out the door of the dorm room and out the hall, and it was so bad that one off the other girls panicked and pulled the fire alarm.

That's good kimchi.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:38 pm

Not for breakfast, even with rice.
 
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:49 pm

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Not for breakfast, even with rice.


YES even for breakfast WITH Rice! Day old Calrose Rice makes the best fried rice!

Crunchy rice at the bottom of the pot is the BEST!

How to make it
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 12:56 pm

Also known as stuck pot rice. That's pretty good stuff, depending on what goes with it.
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Re: Anyone eats kimchi?

Tue Mar 01, 2016 1:29 pm

Kimchi is so good I'm kicking myself for waiting almost two years after I bought my first jar.

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