What Is It?
Kimchi, the condiment ubiquitous in Korean cooking, has made its way into cuisines as disparate as Southern BBQ and Mexican. Distinguished by its vinegary, chili and garlic laden bite, kimchi is a fermented food, and possesses that signature sour flavor you’d expect from yogurt or sauerkraut. Kimchi offers the ideal counterpoint for any dish with rich flavors in need of balancing. It provides the necessary vinegary, garlicky, spicy kick to keep fatty, rich flavors in check.
Where To Eat It
Recently, I ate kimchi on a BBQ pulled pork slider sandwich at Smorgasburg. The tangy kimchi perfectly balanced the rich, saucy pork, striking the necessary flavor contrast. Crunchy, bright, and spicy, it served as the perfect counterpoint. I also recently dined on kimchi at April Bloomfield’s new restaurant, Salvation Taco. Bloomfield (of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin fame) pairs kimchi with thick strips of fatty pork belly- a match made in heaven. If you need to get your kimchi fix on the run, the Kimchi Taco Truck fits the bill. They serve a whole mess of Korean fusion tacos, most of which come topped with a healthy scoop of homemade kimchi. The Krispy Fish Taco, served with a sweet potato flour batter, chipotle aioli, mango salsa, and kimchi slaw is the standout item in my book.
Why Should I Eat It?
Kimchi is a veritable powerhouse of nutrients. It packs a potent punch of vitamins A, B, C, iron, carotene, fiber, calcium, and a whole slew of healthy bacteria. That bacteria aids digestion and boosts immunity, and might even hinder cancer growth. So, you should definitely be eating this stuff!
How Should I Eat It?
Straight out of the jar, or with one of the accompaniments below, though the list is endless, so get creative!
- Mix kimchi with butter and roll into a compound butter; slice and serve over steak.
- Mixed into fried rice or a stir fry.
- On top of a hotdog or burger (salmon burgers pair especially well).
- On a pulled pork sandwich.
- Served alongside a fried egg and some bacon.
- Wrapped into a burrito or inside a cheese quesadilla.
- Sandwiched into a grilled cheese.
- Mixed in with grits for a Southern/Korean twist on shrimp and grits.
For the full post, including a quick kimchi recipe you can make at home and tips on where to buy it, visit Devil Gourmet.