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

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Buckwheat soba noodles, smoky, seasoned beef, house made kimchi and a six-minute egg all swim in a rich savory broth of bacon and mushrooms. Anchorage Daily News, "A revamped menu of comfort food at Rustic Goat restaurant," 5 July 2018 Kim Hyon-son, the North Koreans’ primary coach, cooked kimchi for the South Koreans in Montreal. JerÉ Longman, New York Times, "For North Korean Skaters, the Short Program Was Just the Beginning," 13 Feb. 2018 The kimchi refrigerators were later made to mimic this fermenting process. Ilaf Esuf, SELF, "How 10 People Cook the Foods They Grew Up With After Immigrating to the United States," 4 Jan. 2019 Its market sprawls along narrow, covered alleyways packed not just with fish vendors but also with Korean barbecue joints and pickle sellers with dozens of kinds of kimchi. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Sushi-Obsessed Trip to Osaka," 4 Dec. 2018 One company, asked by the local government to help cater the media center, is trying something risky: ice cream with a hint of kimchi. Matt Stiles,, "Will President Trump bring up North Korea's dreadful human rights record when he meets Kim Jong Un?," 11 June 2018 The new concoction features U.S. dry-aged beef and a stack of spicy kimchi, a Korean staple. Washington Post, "Singapore Postcard: Trump cocktails, Kim tacos anyone?," 8 June 2018 The new dish features U.S. dry-aged beef and a stack of spicy kimchi, a Korean staple. Annabelle Liang, Fox News, "Singapore celebrating summit with Trump cocktails, Kim tacos," 8 June 2018 At the buffet table, his cultural delicacies are set out right alongside mine: the galbi next to the gnocchi, the kimchi beside the broccoli rabe. Diane Farr, Redbook, "Why Can't We Celebrate Everything?," 8 Dec. 2011

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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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