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tthumpern May 21, 2007 09:05 PM

WHERES THE BEST PLACE FOR KIMCHI..I LIVE IN NOVA, WORK IN ROCKVILLE, AND ALWAYS FIND MYSELF IN DC. SO IT DOESNT MATTER THE AREA. THANKS!

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    botnot RE: tthumpern May 22, 2007 08:05 AM

    No need to yell, I hear ya. First question, is this to buy for eating at home or are you looking which Korean restaurants out there serve the best panchan?

    If it's for home consumption, I recommend the spicy shredded radish kimchi sold at Grand Market in Gaithersburg.

    For restaurants in DC, Mandu's kimchi is good when it's fresh. Then again I'm partial to fresh kimchi. Oh, and please note that their panchan isn't always the greatest. The fishcakes are awesome, though. I don't know where the owners' oma buys them from, but I have to get me some.

    For restaurants in Rockville, Lighthouse Tofu consistently has awesome tasting kimchi. Even my mom thinks so and my mom's kimchi is the best. Sam Woo's is never great and Woomi Garden is hit and miss.

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      Soup RE: tthumpern May 24, 2007 08:19 PM

      it depends. The Dong Ah, lotte and Super H all have good to great kimchi.

      Try the cucumber kimchi from Lotte, Small cubed radish from Super H, Oyster kimchi from Super H, and regular cabbage kimchi from Dong Ah. All 3 stores are near each other.

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        Indy 67 RE: Soup May 25, 2007 03:16 AM

        I watched "No Reservations" this week which focused on Korea. A portion of the program featured the making of oyster kimchi so your mention of this dish in our area has me intrigued. Do you have addresses for these three places?

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          Soup RE: Indy 67 May 28, 2007 06:30 AM

          Kimchi is made every saturdayas super H. You don't see the full process but you do see the final steps of the process. Which is to say when the sauce/paste is put together with the wilted cabbage (wilted through salting).

          Oyster kimchi is kind of like cabbage kimchi except the Jut (which is the salted fish sauce) is made out of oysters. Shrimp, anchovy and other types are used by koreans. The just is then combined with peppers powder, spices, and other veggies to come up with a red sauce/paste.

          The oyster kimchi will be labeled as such and cost a bit more but when done right it is one of my favorites. I find that the oyster adds a certain tang. Yum.

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          wayne keyser RE: Soup May 25, 2007 01:49 PM

          I don't know if they ever still do it, but a few months back I was thrilled to visit Super H on a weekend and see three women standing at a metal table in the kimchi section, up to their elbows mixing a huge fresh batch.

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            javamum RE: wayne keyser May 28, 2007 10:11 AM

            All the kimchis at Super H have MSG as one of the ingredients. Does anyone know any good ones without msg? Thanks

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          EliWho RE: tthumpern May 30, 2007 09:54 PM

          Kuma on Wisc. Ave had some pretty great kimchi, and other great Korean dishes, plus a nice selection of Japanese/sushi. It's a nice little space -- easy to miss, but elegant and low-key inside. More at http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/fo...

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