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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Recent Examples on the Web Ellie Krieger wrote about shrimp burgers that get a little jolt from kimchi and ginger. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and what to do with sourdough discard, bread baking, this week's recipes and more!," 27 May 2020 Serve with soy sauce and sesame oil, or chopped kimchi. New York Times, "7 Savory Pancakes for Any Time of Day," 1 May 2020 Fermented foods and beverages—think kombucha and kimchi—are chock-full of the good stuff. Samantha Lefave,, "How to Boost Your Immune System, According to Experts," 30 Apr. 2020 Sesame garlic ramen with thin noodles, miso ramen with cabbage and curly noodles, vegetarian soy ramen with whole wheat noodles, and kimchi ramen with cabbage and curly yellow noodles are the choices. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "Ramen (and Udon) Available for Home," 7 Apr. 2020 Just heat some oil, add some scallions, ginger, and garlic, pour in the chicken broth (ideally homemade, but at least high-quality), whisk in gochujang and soy sauce, then add daikon, then the kimchi and tofu, simmer, aaaaaaand done. Sasha Levine, Bon Appétit, "I Have This Tofu Kimchi Soup Recipe Memorized," 10 Jan. 2020 Stir in the kimchi, mushrooms, gochugaru and cook, stirring until the gochujang starts to stick to the bottom of the pan, about 5 minutes., "Recipe: Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi-Tofu Stew)," 4 Dec. 2019 Don't forget probiotics like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi. Angela Dewan, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Friday, April 17," 17 Apr. 2020 The Kimchi Jjigae stew, full of spicy kimchi, pork belly, tofu, and veggies, also is a must-order. al, "10 places to find the best global cuisine in Birmingham," 30 Mar. 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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“Kimchi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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