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 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 Korean Kimchi Burgers Follow the recipe to make your own kimchi, or take a shortcut and use the condiment ready-made from the store. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, 29 Dec. 2020 The radish kimchi, cabbage wraps and ssämjang can be refrigerated in separate containers for up to 2 days. Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2020 Their kimchi caught the wave of gut-friendly probiotic foods to emerge in the mid 2010s. oregonlive, 27 Oct. 2020 When the brick-and-mortar version of WSK opened in 2013, Wadi concocted other Yum Yum bowls, and now his beef-kimchi version is the top seller, followed by chicken, tofu and lamb. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, 23 Oct. 2020 The destitute could only dream of obtaining Spam, Vienna sausages, and hot dogs to supplement their kimchi and rice. Jennifer Hope Choi, Bon Appétit, 19 Aug. 2020

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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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23 May 2021

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“Kimchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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