34 comments

  1. says:

    August 22, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Ha! This is great! And we thought we were the only people doing this… :-) By the way, have you tried baked potatoes with sour cream/yogurt and kimchee – incredibly good. Ken

    • says:

      August 22, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      No!! But that sounds absolutely incredible! Sounds like that will be my next oddball suggestion (followed by me enjoying it heartily by myself). Glad to know that I’m not alone, though! Thank you so much for commenting.

  2. says:

    August 27, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Sounds interesting – I’ve never done it before but I can imagine it being quite tasty. Have to get kimchi first though which is the struggle. I’m the sort who struggles to drag myself into an Asian grocery store because it’s mildly inconvenient lol.

    • says:

      August 27, 2013 at 2:53 pm

      I’m the same way! It’s so far from where I live back home — plus we can never find good kimchi. I’ve been lucky to have Hawaii’s excellent Asian grocery stores and Asian food at my disposal lately. At some point I need to learn how to make kimchi myself… gulp. Thanks for commenting, Evelyn! :)

  3. Rebecca says:

    August 27, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Kimchi is easy to make. You just have to get the right kind of chili pepper flakes. It’s easy yet time consuming and if you like it real sour like I do then it’s mostly a waiting game. I made some stuffed cucumber kimchi yesterday. For regular napa cabbage kimchi I use closetcooking.com’s recipe he has a couple recipes but I use the less complicated one and it is always really good. Just beware…it doesn’t make your fridge smell very good. Haha

  4. says:

    August 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    This looks amazing! First, though, I need to find a good recipe for kimchi. I’m adopted Korean so, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to learn this from my family. And recommendations?

    • says:

      August 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Thank you so much! I rely on Maangchi’s website and my boyfriend’s mother for all Korean recipes, pretty much, so I’d recommend Maangchi’s “easy kimchi” recipe that I’ve been planning to try out once I get back. It’s here: http://www.maangchi.com/recipe/easy-kimchi (I think I’m going to omit the squid, just for convenience’s sake, but stick to the rice flour porridge method.) My boyfriend’s mother is actually trying to learn how to make kimchi too (and she is very much born and raised Korean, so maybe you and I aren’t missing out on too much by not knowing how either!) The other day we tried another recipe in Korean, but I won’t link to it since I can’t read it hahaha. It was more or less the same as Maangchi’s, though, without the rice porridge step and pureed onion. You can also add a bit of preserved shrimp instead of squid or oysters. It turned out okay, but a bit salty, so we’re still in experimentation. Let me know how yours turns out — I’d love to compare notes! :)

  5. says:

    September 5, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been meaning to ask this since I saw this post, but where did you get your kimchi? I’m so used to having my grandma’s homemade kimchi and most store-bought ones pale in comparison :(

    • says:

      September 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      You are so lucky to get your grandma’s! I’m with you on storebought, unfortunately :( Right now, I’m in Hawaii with my boyfriend’s parents (so I’m not sure the recommendations will be of any help, though I can definitely email them to you if you like!) and the kimchi is MUCH better than what I’ve been able to find on the East Coast. The best luck I’ve had is just looking for kimchi that is made by the owners and not a particular brand, but it’s still usually so-so. :( Bowl #2’s mom and I recently tried making our own, though, and it seems very doable! It seems like it’ll be my only hope when I get back to NY.

      • says:

        September 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

        You would think that the kimchi selection here wouldn’t be so terrible seeing as how there’s such a large population of Koreans here, sigh.

        But oh, I’m going to have to wait for that post. I tried following my grandma as she made kimchi but..just like my mom, she refuses to explain things to me. Watch and learn, they say. Watch and forget, I do.

      • says:

        September 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm

        HAHA you crack me up every time. I know, I still can’t believe there’s only one Korean supermarket in all of Manhattan (? that I know of?) My feeling is that the gold mine must be out in Queens. The distant land of promise.

  6. says:

    September 4, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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