My two Favorite Kimchi Products!

I have a LOVE-LOVE relationship with Kimchi.  There are few kimchi’s out there that I don’t like, but I have two new favorites I have to share with you!

The first is one I found at Whole Foods a few weeks back.  It is a regional product for us Charlestonians, as it’s produced in Atlanta, GA:  Simply Seoul Napa Cabbage Kimchi ($9.99 at Whole Foods).  It may seem $$ but it took me a week to finish this bottle.  As my daily lunch I topped my favorite veggie burger with it; and served it over my husband’s grass fed beef burger.  He loved it!  My kids even enjoyed it (although in much smaller doses).  Despite being a bit spicy it is the perfect mixture of heat, freshness, crunch and flavor.  A little really goes a long way here (of course I can never use a “little” kimchi in my food).  You can top any sandwich with kimchi, steam up some brown rice and top with it, or serve alone as a side.  Simply Seoul also makes a Daikon Radish Kimchi that I am going to try next!IMG_7716


Upon singing the praises of Simply Seoul Kimchi, my dear friend Mosmi told me about a Kimchi Paste that she loves – Mama O’s Premium Kimchi Paste.  She picked me up a bottle at Southern Season ($9.99), and I gave it a try as a spread on a sandwich first.  Another win!  This kimchi paste also has a fabulous little kick, and tons of flavor you expect from a kimchi (without the cabbage).  On Sunday I spread a little of the paste (about 1 Tbsp for each serving) over wild halibut.  I then broiled the halibut for about 5 minutes, or until cooked through. My mom, and both boys gobbled it up!  Proof positive kids too can enjoy the full flavors (and health benefits) of kimchi!

For those of you unfamiliar with kimchi, it is a traditional Korean side dish made of fermented vegetables (mainly napa cabbage but also daikon, radish, cucumber even), brine, onions, chili peppers, garlic, salt, and many other spices.  Kimchi is known for it’s health perks: it is rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamins A, B and C, but more importantly it is an excellent form of beneficial bacteria, “probiotics,” similar to those found in yogurt, kefir, and other fermented foods.  These healthy bacteria have been shown to be beneficial to gut health and digestion, and the cabbage in kimchi may help to  fight cancers too.

Next time you are at Whole Foods or Southern Season, give these two a try!  You will love them!

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