Curious about kimchi? Then we'll wrap up with some recipes and cooking tips you won't want to miss.
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Kimchi is a Korean condiment or side dish mostly made of fermented cabbage, radish and spices. As it's primarily fermented cabbage, it has the same sort of base flavor as sauerkraut (tart and pleasantly funky), but its spices give it a much different taste.
Typical ingredients that turn up the spice level in kimchi are garlic, chili pepper and ginger. Do be careful, however, when buying kimchi as it's not usually vegan unless it explicitly says so. If not, it will likely have some kind of seafood product in it.
But if you are interested a vegan kimchi, we have a list of brands here.
Kimchi is partially soft and partially crunchy. It won't be super soft, either—it'll be right in the middle.
You may get bits of ginger root and garlic in the mix as well as sliced carrots and other crunchy vegetables.
If you find yourself hankering for a scoop of vegan kimchi from the jar, rest assured that there's no problem there. You can safely eat it all by itself.
It's customary, however, to eat kimchi more like a condiment on top of a meal, mixed into a recipe or even in a sandwich. The most important thing is to enjoy it, so have it any way that makes your taste buds happy.
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Do You Eat Kimchi Cold or Hot?
Does Kimchi Expire?
Yes, kimchi will eventually go bad. But first, it will probably over-ferment, which means that it will get super sour and super funky. You'll find an expiration date on a jar that you bought from the store.
Always keep kimchi in the fridge, even if you haven't opened the jar yet. It can last anywhere from one to three months. When it starts smelling and tasting particularly sharp, you may consider tossing it.
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Vegan kimchi is a delightful addition to the plant-based diet if you like fermented foods. These videos are going to show you all the basics of preparing vegan kimchi like a seasoned chef.
Making vegan kimchi takes a little time, but it's so worth the investment. This recipe includes Asian pears for a dash of sweetness.
Here's what you'll be needing:
- Napa cabbage
- Kosher salt
- Sweet rice flour or glutinous rice flour
- Gochugaru (Korean chili flakes)
- Red pepper flakes
- Asian pears
- Soy sauce
- Porcini mushrooms powder (optional)
- Daikon radish
Now for the kimchi noodles. This is such a quick and delish recipe for lazy dinner nights.
Here's what you need:
- Cooking oil
- Firm tofu
- Vegan kimchi
- Spring onions
- Korean chili powder
- Soy sauce
- Black pepper
- Udon noodles
- Bean sprouts
- Sesame oil
- Chili peppers (if you want it extra spicy)