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2012-12-31 09:49:17 AM  
sick tag? WTF?
I can't remotely connect kimchi with the word sick...

some food that could be "sick" but I still find delicious personnally: durian, stinky tofu, blue cheese, thousand-year egg,
 
2012-12-31 09:50:23 AM  
I love Korean food. I wish Korean restaurants would have some kind of guide to proper Korean table manners, though. I'm always concerned I look like a starving field hand when I eat in one of those places.
 
2012-12-31 09:57:21 AM  
I have a big jar on the porch. Seriously, my wife won't let me eat it in the house. I have to sit outside with my jar of kimchi and a fork, like an asshole.

I guess that's why they say marriage is about compromise. I have to enjoy kimchi out in the cold, my wife has to put up with getting a dutch oven later that night as my revenge.

See? Compromise.
 
2012-12-31 09:59:10 AM  

caddisfly: [www.samarthcaterers.com image 680x450]

Bi Bim Bap


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2012-12-31 09:59:55 AM  

LDM90: I first heard of Kimchi about 15 years ago. I read the jar and said, "HAHA, who the hell would eat that crap!"

I guess Kimchi is the new chipotle is the new salsa.

/becausepeopleliketosaysalsaaaa


Don't forget:

Roasted Garlic
Cilantro
 
2012-12-31 10:00:26 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: caddisfly: [www.samarthcaterers.com image 680x450]

Bi Bim Bap with a healthy dose of kim chi. That stuff is delicious.

I love Korean food. The bonus with Bi Bim Bop is that it looks like something Klingon would eat.


I shall call you "Gagh", Klingon form worm.
 
2012-12-31 10:02:26 AM  
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perhaps she wants some more kimchi kimchi?
 
2012-12-31 10:05:03 AM  

Kevin72: TFA is 25 years behind San Francisco on Phô, 20 years behind on Thai, and ten years behind on fermented foods.


Keep in mind that most Americans still think General Tso's Chicken is exotic.
 
2012-12-31 10:08:20 AM  

Into the blue again: 1) Go to Korean restaurant
2) Get a kimchi pancake


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/mmmmmmmmmm


Why go to a restaurant? Seems easy enough to make at home.

And yes, it does sound and look delicious! I'll definitely give it a go.
 
2012-12-31 10:08:51 AM  
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2012-12-31 10:09:05 AM  
Kimchi isn't for everyone. My Dad's second wife was Korean, and while she was sort of a contemptible human being, she was a great cook. She skinned him in the divorce, and stayed in Texas to open a restaurant, and then married a second husband, skinned him in a divorce, and bought a grocery store in Seoul, and then managed to turn that into three stores, and two more restaurants back there, and still has the Texas joint running, with two more added on, thanks to husband number three. She has a thing with threes and food and cash. She is also a brilliant cook, and while I can't say anything really good about her as a human being, especially what she put my sister through, her kimchi was top notch, and what she does with pork and beef and noodles is to die for.
 
2012-12-31 10:11:12 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: Kevin72: TFA is 25 years behind San Francisco on Phô, 20 years behind on Thai, and ten years behind on fermented foods.

Keep in mind that most Americans still think General Tso's Chicken is exotic.


Hell, most Americans think authentic Mexican dishes are numbered.
 
2012-12-31 10:11:12 AM  
I'm just here say that I eat natto about 3 times a week, kimchi 5 or 6 times, dried squid is my favourite low-cal snack, and brussels sprouts are awesome, even when boiled.

The only thing I can't stomach is sea squirt or sea pineapple. The mere thought makes me nauseous.
 
2012-12-31 10:11:16 AM  
You people must have been exposed to some terrible kimchi with all this talk of stink. I have never in my life smelled bad kimchi. I think saurkraut stinks to high heaven, but none of the kimchi I've ever eaten has smelled that way. You need to have a serious look at the settings on your refrigerator thermostat and a long think about how you handle expiration dates on your food if you're having this problem.
 
2012-12-31 10:13:47 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: You people must have been exposed to some terrible kimchi with all this talk of stink. I have never in my life smelled bad kimchi. I think saurkraut stinks to high heaven, but none of the kimchi I've ever eaten has smelled that way. You need to have a serious look at the settings on your refrigerator thermostat and a long think about how you handle expiration dates on your food if you're having this problem.


Depends on the kimchi.

I don't see why a bad smell would necessarily mean bad taste, though. Some of the best cheese, to choose a Western food, stinks to high heaven but tastes wonderful.
 
2012-12-31 10:20:18 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: You people must have been exposed to some terrible kimchi with all this talk of stink. I have never in my life smelled bad kimchi. I think saurkraut stinks to high heaven, but none of the kimchi I've ever eaten has smelled that way. You need to have a serious look at the settings on your refrigerator thermostat and a long think about how you handle expiration dates on your food if you're having this problem.


Kimchi is the only food I've encountered that has an aroma that can completely fill a fridge while still being sealed in a glass jar. It doesn't necessarily stink, but man that is a powerful odor.

Doesn't really compare with durian fruit though. Someone brought some durian wafer cookies to work once. No one would eat them, so they got tossed into a mini-fridge overnight before being thrown away. That fridge was never used in the office again. It sat in the hallway for a week with a "Free" sign on it before someone took it out to the dumpster to get rid of the smell.
 
2012-12-31 10:23:13 AM  

Smoky Dragon Dish: Ikahoshi: Brussels sprouts are gross if cooked any other way other than roasting.

Never steam or boil them... they turn pungent and disgusting. I don't know how people manage to choke them down, never mind like them like that.


THIS

I didn't discover this until Christmas 2011. My mom used to boil the brussel sprouts, and they were farking gross. I basically use the above receipe, except we cut them in half first. You can also roast them in a pan as well, similar method.


Hmmm, I wonder if people were massively overcooking your steamed/boiled sprouts.
 
2012-12-31 10:37:00 AM  
Good, hopefully my local supermarket will start carrying sauerkraut.  I eat spoonfuls a day and am sick of going to a further market just to get my damn kraut.
 
2012-12-31 10:38:10 AM  

John Redcorn: I've got two pals who served in Worst Korea whilst in the military. They both said the first thing you notice when you get off the plane is the awful stench of cabbage hanging in the air. I wonder what Koreans think of the U.S. when they land here? "My god everybody is fat and it smells like mayonnaise!"?


After doing a veg/fruit juice fast for 30 days, I can smell the grease from fast food joints in the air.  And it is disgusting.
 
2012-12-31 10:40:42 AM  

gilgigamesh: I have a big jar on the porch. Seriously, my wife won't let me eat it in the house. I have to sit outside with my jar of kimchi and a fork, like an asshole.

I guess that's why they say marriage is about compromise. I have to enjoy kimchi out in the cold, my wife has to put up with getting a dutch oven later that night as my revenge.

See? Compromise.


My mother loves Limburger Cheese.  Same deal.  My Pops says she can only have it in the winter, and the cheese lives on the porch.    That stuff stinks up everything in the frig.
 
2012-12-31 10:41:41 AM  
I absolutely adore kimchi and eat it straight from the jar. It's such a potent flavor I understand why some people can't enjoy it though.
I also love brussels sprouts, prepared any way. Most recently I've been enjoying them gently boiled, then mixed with shallots sauteed in butter, white wine vinegar (or cooking wine + white vinegar, anyway) and broth. Nom.

/I also love cilantro. Clearly, my taste buds are allied with the Forces of Darkness.
 
2012-12-31 10:43:02 AM  
Best part of the cafeteria at HMMA is the big ol' bowl of it at the end of the serving line. Pay for your lunch and take as much kimchi as you want.
 
2012-12-31 10:44:10 AM  

Prank Call of Cthulhu: I suspect that most folks that claim to hate kimchi have never actually tasted any.


I spent a week traveling rural South Korea and never want to smell or taste it again. Also, claiming to hate something you never tried is something I would expect of a ten year old. I don't think it's a stretch to say Kinchi doesn't appeal to a western palate.
 
2012-12-31 10:47:24 AM  

frogjelly: I don't think it's a stretch to say Kinchi doesn't appeal to a western palate.


That's a fair bet. I don't know of a single American who would want to eat their relatives, even if they were well-fermented.
 
2012-12-31 10:48:06 AM  

The Irresponsible Captain: Nothing wrong with a little Korean Sauerkraut.


Came to ask/say this. I love sauerkraut - so much I one day hope to marry it - and isn't kimchi pretty similar?
 
2012-12-31 10:50:09 AM  

wildcardjack: Why the kimchi hate?


Because kimchi is a cultural food of last resort. It's something to which amazingly leaps of effort are expended to render something godawful into some semblance of palatability. It occasionally becomes a delicacy (snails), more often becomes a comfort food (haggis, kimchi, pretty much any odd fried food), and occasionally survives only as a practical joke or an object lesson about just how bad the bad old days were (lutefisk).

You sometimes wander into a food which smells godawful but doesn't take like it smells (durian).

But people hate kimchi because it's poor people food from one of the most downtrodden cultures on earth (the Koreans wish their history went as well as that of the Poles or Ukrainians). And like most really downtrodden poor people food, it smells to high hell and usually manages to only taste of low hell.
 
2012-12-31 10:51:33 AM  

John Redcorn: I wonder what Koreans think of the U.S. when they land here? "My god everybody is fat and it smells like mayonnaise!"?


Sour milk. That's the usually description of westerners from asians, who come from a culture almost devoid of dairy.
 
2012-12-31 10:53:08 AM  
If only that hiker in Australia had Kimchi instead of potatoes.
 
2012-12-31 10:54:26 AM  
That stuff is already half way down the highway to Doo-dooville before it even hits you mouth
 
2012-12-31 10:56:28 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Shadowknight: To this day, I don't think I've smelled anything worse, and I work with dead bodies and sick people leaking a variety of fluids.

Stinky tofu. A good stinky tofu shop smells up at least a block radius, and the name says it all, really.


do a hot tar job on the roof of a dog food factory. you'll puke a rainbow.
 
2012-12-31 10:56:42 AM  

This text is now purple: wildcardjack: Why the kimchi hate?

Because kimchi is a cultural food of last resort. It's something to which amazingly leaps of effort are expended to render something godawful into some semblance of palatability. It occasionally becomes a delicacy (snails), more often becomes a comfort food (haggis, kimchi, pretty much any odd fried food), and occasionally survives only as a practical joke or an object lesson about just how bad the bad old days were (lutefisk).

You sometimes wander into a food which smells godawful but doesn't take like it smells (durian).

But people hate kimchi because it's poor people food from one of the most downtrodden cultures on earth (the Koreans wish their history went as well as that of the Poles or Ukrainians). And like most really downtrodden poor people food, it smells to high hell and usually manages to only taste of low hell.


Did a cabbage screw your wife or something? There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

"Poor people food"? Fermented vegetables of various kinds are popular all over the planet; kimchi is just Korean pickles. They're also very healthy.
 
2012-12-31 10:59:33 AM  
Kimchi - good, Natto - bad.
Homemade Korean food - awesome.
 
2012-12-31 11:02:56 AM  

ElFugawz: Kimchi - good, Natto - bad.
Homemade Korean food - awesome.


You should try it with shiso sauce. Nummy.

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2012-12-31 11:03:37 AM  

Son of Thunder: wildcardjack: Why the kimchi hate? And why the brussels sprout love?

Because, when my wife makes Brussels sprouts, she uses bacon.


http://www.chow.com/recipes/29507-brussels-sprouts-with-kimchi-and-ba c on
 
2012-12-31 11:03:53 AM  

aagrajag: ElFugawz: Kimchi - good, Natto - bad.
Homemade Korean food - awesome.

You should try it with shiso sauce. Nummy.


It looks like someone jizzed in beans.
 
2012-12-31 11:05:42 AM  

santadog: After doing a veg/fruit juice fast for 30 days, I can smell the grease from fast food joints in the air.  And it is disgusting.


I get roughly 70% of my calories from animal fat... and I can smell the rancid, foul grease from fast food joints in the air. And it is disgusting.

aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.


Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
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And of course there have been quite a few cultures over the years that have eaten grubs, ants, and plenty of other bugs because they tasted good and were quite nutritious.
 
2012-12-31 11:06:32 AM  
I'd like to see dog on the menu in North America (obviously, this will never happen).
It's got a unique taste and texture (similar to stringy roast beef), and goes well with kimchi.

I don't understand why it's OK to eat a pig, but not a dog.
 
2012-12-31 11:07:12 AM  

Shadowknight: aagrajag: ElFugawz: Kimchi - good, Natto - bad.
Homemade Korean food - awesome.

You should try it with shiso sauce. Nummy.

It looks like someone jizzed in beans.


Well, it's actually full of mold, but you're quite right about the appearance.

If it goes bad, it basically turns into ammonia.

Still, very health and cheap if you can develop a taste for it.
 
2012-12-31 11:07:30 AM  

santadog: gilgigamesh: I have a big jar on the porch. Seriously, my wife won't let me eat it in the house. I have to sit outside with my jar of kimchi and a fork, like an asshole.

I guess that's why they say marriage is about compromise. I have to enjoy kimchi out in the cold, my wife has to put up with getting a dutch oven later that night as my revenge.

See? Compromise.

My mother loves Limburger Cheese.  Same deal.  My Pops says she can only have it in the winter, and the cheese lives on the porch.    That stuff stinks up everything in the frig.


Honestly, a dinner of limburger and kimchi sounds divine (kimchi would probably be great to cleanse the palate). I just can't get my mind around natto. And that's speaking as someone who has eaten grasshoppers, meal worms, snails, tripe, headcheese, souse, etc.
 
2012-12-31 11:09:42 AM  
I love Korean food.  Kimchi is yummy!
 
2012-12-31 11:10:09 AM  

Warrener: santadog: After doing a veg/fruit juice fast for 30 days, I can smell the grease from fast food joints in the air.  And it is disgusting.

I get roughly 70% of my calories from animal fat... and I can smell the rancid, foul grease from fast food joints in the air. And it is disgusting.

aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 239x320]

And of course there have been quite a few cultures over the years that have eaten grubs, ants, and plenty of other bugs because they tasted good and were quite nutritious.


I've eaten grasshoppers. In fact it's a local specialty; you can buy them at the supermarket. I can't say they're particularly good or bad.

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2012-12-31 11:11:42 AM  

If food smells bad, I won't eat it.  If it looks bad, I won't eat it.  I eat with my nose and eyes first.  As a result, there's a lot of foods people love that I just won't touch, because it either smells like a rotting corpse or looks disgusting.  Kimchi is one of those foods.  My boyfriend loves it, and I make him eat it at someone else's house, because I don't want that god-awful odor permeating our furniture.  I tasted it once, just to shut him up, and about 15 minutes later, it ended up in our downstairs toilet.

So yeah, that's been my experience with the product.
 
2012-12-31 11:13:57 AM  

Warrener: santadog: After doing a veg/fruit juice fast for 30 days, I can smell the grease from fast food joints in the air.  And it is disgusting.

I get roughly 70% of my calories from animal fat... and I can smell the rancid, foul grease from fast food joints in the air. And it is disgusting.

aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 239x320]

And of course there have been quite a few cultures over the years that have eaten grubs, ants, and plenty of other bugs because they tasted good and were quite nutritious.


I've been crabbing in south Georgia before and you usually pull up a few shrimp with the crabs. If anything, the damn things remind me of fleas with the way they jump around.
 
2012-12-31 11:15:14 AM  

aagrajag: "Poor people food"? Fermented vegetables of various kinds are popular all over the planet; kimchi is just Korean pickles. They're also very healthy.


Amazingly, there are poor people the world over. Cabbage and rice are some of the cheapest things around, and fermenting/pickling is typically used to stretch food or at least bury its flavor in vinegar.

Although if you want to see what really desperate people will turn into food, consider that pokeweed, stinging nettles and russian thistles are edible, given the right timing or sufficient length of effort.
 
2012-12-31 11:16:57 AM  
You know, I've eaten grasshoppers, grubs, and other pretty nasty things before as a part of a survival course. Here in Spain and the rest of Europe I have eaten things I never thought I would.

I still can't do kimchi.
 
2012-12-31 11:17:42 AM  

Warrener: aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
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Not markedly different.
 
2012-12-31 11:19:45 AM  

This text is now purple: aagrajag: "Poor people food"? Fermented vegetables of various kinds are popular all over the planet; kimchi is just Korean pickles. They're also very healthy.

Amazingly, there are poor people the world over. Cabbage and rice are some of the cheapest things around, and fermenting/pickling is typically used to stretch food or at least bury its flavor in vinegar.

Although if you want to see what really desperate people will turn into food, consider that pokeweed, stinging nettles and russian thistles are edible, given the right timing or sufficient length of effort.


The thing is though, once a country becomes sufficiently wealthy, the tasty cheap foods stick around, while the eat-this-crap-or-starve variety disappears pretty quickly. Both South Korea and Japan are very rich countries and pickles of all sorts are a major part of the diet.
 
2012-12-31 11:20:30 AM  

This text is now purple: Warrener: aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
3.bp.blogspot.com

Not markedly different.


If they could find a way to make a scorpion taste good and able to harvest a useful amount of meat from it, I bet people would eat it.
 
2012-12-31 11:21:51 AM  

This text is now purple: Warrener: aagrajag: There are food sources that are kinda vile, and are consumed only for lack of something better. Insects, for example.

Interesting that you would describe insects as a vile food of last resort. The little guys pictured below are pretty closely related to grasshoppers, but Americans seem to love eating the damned things.
3.bp.blogspot.com

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Not markedly different.


I was at a Chinese restaurant in Tokyo last week. They had scorpions on the menu, for real. I wanted to try them, but didn't have enough cash for that and Peking duck.
 
2012-12-31 11:23:07 AM  
You don't have to look too far to find "Poor people food" that just won't go away:

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