kimchi

noun
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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Other options on the menu include cow tripe with kimchi and Korean blood sausage with pig liver. Michelle Hackman And Georgia Wells, WSJ, "The Quirkiest Dining Scene in Berlin? Communist Comfort Food," 28 June 2019 My family never eats without a fresh plate of kimchi by our side. Lauren Kim, The Mercury News, "How kimchi expresses my grandma’s love," 21 June 2019 Think garlic-scape soup, jack fruit tacos with nettle kimchi, pickled fiddleheads and rose-hip jelly. Anchorage Daily News, "Add these new(ish) Anchorage food trucks to your rotation this summer," 6 June 2019 When Edward Lee was growing up in Brooklyn, his grandmother fermented traditional Korean foods at home to stock the pantry, making her own gochujang and doenjang, along with several kinds of kimchi and rice vinegars. Tejal Rao, New York Times, "Exploring the Sweet Subtleties of Vinegar," 5 Feb. 2018 To serve, pour 1/2 cup kimchi sauce into each of four bowls. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "How to Eat to Beat the Heat, Korean Style," 8 Aug. 2018 And one of us, Ai-Ja, got sick without eating kimchi. NBC News, "For Sue Kim, one of the U.S.' first Korean musicians, K-Pop's success is 60 years in the making," 7 May 2018 For Tolentino, the top hormone-supportive foods are cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli and cauliflower, and fermented foods like kimchi. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Why Every 20-Something Should Know More About Their Hormones—and Their Body," 25 Oct. 2018 The Common Good Company, a group of local eateries, is offering ice cream made with kimchi, a spicy Korean staple. Annabelle Liang, Fox News, "Singapore Postcard: Summit a chance to showcase its food," 11 June 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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