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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Lipman’s go-tos include kimchi, sauerkraut, fermented miso and vegetables, and full-fat coconut yogurt. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Complete Guide to Probiotics, From Supplements to Kombucha," 16 Oct. 2018 In the aughts, LA's Koji BBQ food truck, piloted by a Korean-American chef, essentially launched an American street-food revolution with spicy pork tacos and kimchi quesadillas. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Andersonville’s Passerotto is a tale of two peninsulas," 21 June 2018 Think of this as your itinerary: In Chinatown, check out Shojo, a small but mighty Asian gastropub, where kimchi fried rice and pork belly dumplings are paired with excellent cocktails. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Places to Go for Father's Day," 8 June 2018 Photo: Courtesy of Little Collins Little Collins Brunch is catching on in Amsterdam, and this Australian restaurant serves up kimchi toast and baked eggs all day—with a cocktail list just for the morning. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "This Amsterdam Neighborhood Is Europe’s Newest Boho Paradise," 3 Oct. 2018 Jiep Jiep Jiep Jiep, in Mile Ex, excels in innovative fusion with pan-Asian inspiration; consider the Japanese version of baba ghanoush or the kimchi shakshuka. Karin Eldor, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Brunches in Montreal," 6 Aug. 2018 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

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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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