kim·chi | \ˈkim-chē \
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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The two became hooked on fermentation, making their own kimchi. Michael Klein,, "Hale & True Cider Co. sets opening in Bella Vista," 26 Apr. 2018 Some Korean people who came ... love the kimchi a lot and others (are) saying that the portion is so huge. Washington Post, "Singapore Postcard: Trump cocktails, Kim tacos anyone?," 8 June 2018 Some Korean people who came ... love the kimchi a lot and others (are) saying that the portion is so huge. Annabelle Liang, Fox News, "Singapore celebrating summit with Trump cocktails, Kim tacos," 8 June 2018 Add a fermentation weight, cover with a cloth and rubber band, and leave the kimchi for 3–5 days at room temperature, then chill in the fridge 1–2 weeks. Lisa Beebe, Good Housekeeping, "This Woman Travels The Country In A School Bus Teaching People How To Pickle," 12 Dec. 2017 Among the standouts are the manila clams with fish sauce, chilies and miso paste with butter served over egg noodles, and the bo ssam, crispy pork belly wrapped in perilla leaves and served with an Asian pear kimchi. Cynthia Durcanin, New York Times, "A San Francisco Museum Restaurant That Is on Theme," 23 June 2018 The one concession to the local cuisine was replacing coleslaw on the menu with kimchi, the fiery fermented cabbage that is a staple of Korean food. Thomas Maresca, USA TODAY, "They're lovin' it: Meet the man who introduced the hamburger to North Korea," 11 June 2018 Our stuffed cabbage is made with kimchi, rice and pork, and all those ingredients are very Korean, and the method is French. Grace Wong,, "Mott St to open Mini Mott, a Korean-American burger joint," 14 May 2018 To drive the point home, Chang brings out a platter of hot dogs for him and Colbert, some with sauerkraut and some with kimchi. Luke Darby, GQ, "David Chang Talks Junk Snacks, Kimchi, and the Subtle Racism Behind What We Eat," 3 May 2018

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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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