kim·​chi | \ ˈkim-chē How to pronounce kimchi (audio) \
variants: or less commonly kimchee

Definition of kimchi

: a spicy, pungent vegetable dish that consists of one or more pickled and fermented vegetables and especially napa cabbage and radishes with various seasonings (such as garlic, red chili pepper, ginger, scallions, and anchovy paste) and that is the national dish of South Korea To Koreans, life without "kimchi"—that spicy, fermented pickled vegetable mixture, which accompanies every Korean meal—is unthinkable.— K. Connie Kang Korean buckwheat noodles have more of a kick, often delivered with a little spicy kimchi.— David Tanis

Examples of kimchi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Korean Kimchi Burgers Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "These Burger Recipes Are Creative, Original, and Occasionally Downright Weird," 29 Dec. 2020 The radish kimchi, cabbage wraps and ssämjang can be refrigerated in separate containers for up to 2 days. Washington Post, "Bo ssäm nirvana is within reach, and it starts with your Instant Pot," 28 Oct. 2020 Their kimchi caught the wave of gut-friendly probiotic foods to emerge in the mid 2010s. oregonlive, "Friends pay tribute to Choi’s Kimchi co-founder Matt Choi after fatal stabbing at SE Portland home," 27 Oct. 2020 When the brick-and-mortar version of WSK opened in 2013, Wadi concocted other Yum Yum bowls, and now his beef-kimchi version is the top seller, followed by chicken, tofu and lamb. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 23 Oct. 2020 The destitute could only dream of obtaining Spam, Vienna sausages, and hot dogs to supplement their kimchi and rice. Jennifer Hope Choi, Bon Appétit, "No Vacation Is Complete Without a Cooler Full of Gimbap," 19 Aug. 2020 My wife, Lindsay, is half Korean and her mom makes an incredible kimchi. Lindsay Campbell, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Top Chefs Share What They Are Cooking While in Isolation," 8 Apr. 2020 Ellie Krieger wrote about shrimp burgers that get a little jolt from kimchi and ginger. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and what to do with sourdough discard, bread baking, this week's recipes and more!," 27 May 2020 Serve with soy sauce and sesame oil, or chopped kimchi. New York Times, "7 Savory Pancakes for Any Time of Day," 1 May 2020

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First Known Use of kimchi

1888, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kimchi

Korean kimch'i

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11 Jan 2021

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“Kimchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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