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 In 2021, the country’s Ministry of Culture petitioned UNESCO to certify borsch as a symbol of Ukrainian heritage, like Korean kimchi and Belgian beer. New York Times, 16 May 2022 Avocado toast comes topped with yuzu and furikake and scallion pancakes are served with scrambled eggs and kimchi. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 Like this lush kimchi and squash mac and cheese, the flaky parathas layered with brown butter and sage, or the spicy cauliflower studded with cashews and laced with fresh herbs. Mehreen Karim, Bon Appétit, 3 Oct. 2021 Make the radish kimchi and cabbage: While the pork belly is cooking, in a medium bowl, toss the radish with 1 teaspoon of salt. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2020 Spread the kimchi over the cheese, right to the edges of the bread. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 19 July 2021 This took some time to master making proper juicy and sour aged kimchi. Alissa Fitzgerald, Forbes, 15 May 2021 Start with an Indian curry before working your way to Korean kimchi pancakes or Vietnamese coffee ice cream. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 Spicy kimchi and spicy-sweet gochujang make this stew hot. Washington Post, 1 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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“Kimchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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