Kimchee: A History and Recipe for Beginners

There are a million different ways to make kimchi, no I’m not exaggerating!  There are even different ways to spell it: Kimchi, Kimchee, Kim-chee, Kim-chi, Kim chee, gimchi.  I’ve seen them all, they’re all correct spellings except the hyphens, not sure where that came from!  When I lived in Korea as a kid, I simply called it “stinky cabbage”.  It can be an aquired taste, and little by little, I’ve aquired it.  Kimchee is a great way to use up the abundance of cabbage we were getting with our CSA when I don’t want to keep making coleslaws.  At our pa’ina, several people asked, “What is kimchee?”  Basically, it’s spicy, fermented cabbage, and yes, it’s stinky.

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