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 Add kimchi, gochujang sauce and sugar and stir until sprouts are well covered. May Klisch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mingle tradition with new twists, diverse guests, for a richer Thanksgiving experience," 19 Nov. 2019 Ranking right up there was the bibimbap with a crispy, boneless chicken thigh over rice, kimchi, oyster mushrooms, bok choy and a soft poached egg. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Korean fried chicken stars at Bap and Chicken on Grand Ave.," 19 Sep. 2019 Eight years ago Dave and Erin Emmons launched Lucky Taco, a food truck that brought their inventive brand of Tex-Mex to downtown Hartford, wowing lunchers unaccustomed to such novelties as a brisket-and-kimchi taco. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Lucky Taco Cantina and Tap Room in Manchester wows with its creative takes on tacos," 19 Sep. 2019 Place burgers on toasted bottom buns and top with fried egg (optional) and a few scoops of kimchi. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "These Juicy Burger Recipes Put New Spins On A Classic Dish," 23 Aug. 2019 Part of the experience involves learning and enacting traditional routines of floor cleaning, preparing sheets for sleeping or pillow talk, and sharing artist Sunhui Chang’s banchan (kimchi and pickles). Tony Bravo,, "‘How to Fall in Love in a Brothel’ at Catharine Clark Gallery," 3 Nov. 2019 In summer, stroll to The Dumpling Master at the Richmond Night Market, whose gyoza range from kimchi beef to vegan spinach. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "A local’s guide to Vancouver," 22 Oct. 2019 From there, toppings include bean sprouts, black beans, carrots, red cabbage, kale, daikon, kimchi and more. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open in Crocker Park next week," 17 Oct. 2019 Seafood is replaced by silky slivers of meat, like spicy pork ($8) sandwiched between pillars of custardy egg, tangy yellow radish, fiery fizzy kimchi and mineral-rich spinach. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Sol's on Sheridan is good, low-key Korean barbecue," 13 June 2017

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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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The first known use of kimchi was in 1888

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7 Dec 2019

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“Kimchi.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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