My favorite Kimchi
Korean food is a perfect example of a cuisine I love and know a little about, but realize I have a long way to go. We’re fortunate in Boston to have a few great Korean restaurants (read about my visit to Koreana) and markets, so I look forward to trying new (to me) flavors and dishes. Where are your favorite places to eat/buy Korean food?
Last weekend I saw an episode of the Kimchi Chronicles for the first time on the Create channel. Working on a show like that is my dream job. From some limited research, Kimchi Chronicles is from 2011 – host Marja Vongerichten travels throughout Korea exploring culture and cuisine and then returns to New York where she cooks with her husband, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (of Boston’s Market in W Hotel). Oh, and they’re neighbors with Hugh Jackman, so he’s on the show, too. On the episode I caught, I learned that Hugh’s diet is to eat meat every two hours. Whaaat.
H Mart is coming to Central Square, Cambridge in the space where Clear Conscience Cafe and Harvest were. I’ve been to the Burlington location a few times – their seafood section is fresh (and you can find wild-caught North American fish) and they have a huge selection of everything you could think of, but it’s a massive chain and their kimchi has MSG in it.
Central Square’s Lotte Market (297 Massachusetts Ave), only a few blocks down from the future H Mart space, must be feeling concerned. I go there for some essentials and their kimchi tastes good, except my most recent container had a large piece of cardboard in it…I need to return that and remember to not buy it again. There was no seal on any of the containers (they must fill them in-house) and I was feeling adventurous, but yeah, never again.
The kimchi pictured above is from Bing Gre Kim Chee Pride – it’s my favorite and, unfortunately, I haven’t found it in the Boston area (this container is from Albany). ‘Bing gre’ means smile in Korean. My kind of kimchi!
Happy Saturday. Hope you’re having a delicious, food-filled weekend.