Kimchi Brands


#1

We need a kimchi thread.

What’s your favorite brand, and where do you get it?


#2

Seoul Do Soon Yi in Garden Grove

Hui Tou Xiang’s Kimchi is addicting


#3

Thanks, adding that to the list next time i’m in little saigon.


#4

Great thread. I need more suggestions. Carry on.


#5

if you can carve out enough space for a large jar in your refrigerator, you can make some pretty funky kimchi at home and spice it more to taste.


#6

I stopped shopping around after discovering Seoul Do Soon Yi.


#7

Has anyone been to this place?


#8

If you cannot make it to a specialty kim chee store there are 2 good brands at H-Mart. I’m sure they are available at any Korean supermarket chain as well.

The first is a imported brand from Korea. Sorry but I don’t think there is any English on the branding. It will be in a resealable plastic package (not in a jar) and more expensive than most everything on the shelf. We get the Mat Kimchee.

The other brand we get in the jar is distributed by OCINET INC. Look for a yellow label the OCINET INC is in small lettering on the label. It’s a phonetic spelling of the Korean name of the kimchee brand. It’s the best of the jarred stuff in mass production.

I’ll caveat this by saying we get a lot of home made kimchee from our parents so we only buy these every once in a while. These do the job in a pinch.


#9

I’ve stopped by a few times on my saturday morning grocery circuit (Torrance farmers market, Tokyo Central, etc) and really like all their stuff. I’m not a kimchi expert but if you’re local to the South Bay I think it’s worth checking out. I especially like their lightly pickled cucumbers.


#10

That’s good to hear. I’m in Torrance, so I’ll check it out one of these days. Thanks!


#11

I seek out small, independent grocers who make their own.


#12

i usually get the bagged stuff whenever i’m k-town


#13

I’ve seen this but haven’t purchased. Is it good?


#14

i don’t claim to be a connoisseur, but i liked it. it made sense if you had a big jar in the fridge and wished to replenish the jar - using only a plastic bag also dropped the overall price accordingly.


#15

California Market on Western has a decent selection of kimchi/banchan, although a few times I sampled I thought it was too salty.

Jun Won’s banchan store closed I think, unfortunately


#16

If you’re interested in trying to make it at home, I’ve been happy with the results after trying Dave Chang’s paechu kimchi recipe from the Momofuku cookbook.


#17

Also available for free here:


#18

Another place I forgot down in OC. Their upmarket diffusion line is https://milkimchi.com/


#19

Very interesting. I didn’t know that MIL kim chee was from this restaurant. I assumed since it was at whole foods and other non Korean markets it would be inauthentic.


#20

Ingredients look legit, though beef broth is a new one to me.