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Where can I buy decent kimchi

Want to try Bittman's recipe for potato-kimchi pancakes but am missing one crucial ingredient. Kimchi. Anyone know of good places to buy? (and if there's a particular brand -- that would be helpful to know too) Somewhere close to West Hollywood or Studio City would be ideal but do have a car so...

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  1. Any of the supermarkets in Koreatown. Koreatown Galleria for example. Corner of Olympic and Western.

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    1. re: WBGuy

      I would say go to the Koreatown Galleria as suggested. The supermarket is in the basement.

      The Kimchi is in the refrigerated section.

      If you're the kind of person who's up for trying the potato kimchi recipe... you'll find fabulous new things that will tempt you at this supermarket. It's amazing!

      Go there just for the field trip!!

    2. Most Korean stores package their own kimchi in plastic containers. It will be in its own section of the store. There are many different types of kimchi, so check the recipe for guidelines.

      1. the best kimchi (save for the homemade kind) is at the super tiny kimchi stores where they only make kimchi, but i don't think there are any out in your area. korean markets are your best bet.. i know it can be a little overwhelming with the various brands and types, but it really does depend on what you're looking for... white kimchi, raw (the kind you eat "raw" and not pickled, etc. for cooking those pancakes IMO i think a little sour kimchi is best. (not really sour but i don't know how to translate from korean.. kimchi thas a little past its prime eating stage but is excellent for cooking).

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        1. re: namstermonster

          Namesermonster, can you recommend any specific super tiny kimchi stores in K-town?

        2. there's a korean supermarket in glendale off pacific ave. (from the 134) if you don't want to head into Koreantown.

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          1. re: ecpark10

            It's called HK Market and they've got the Wall O' Kimchi along the left side as you walk in. You can also get the marinated meat in the back left corner if you're really not into preparation.

            1. re: Das Ubergeek

              I'm with DasUber on HK market (Han Gook Market) on western. I don't care for anything else at this market besides their homemade kimchi. It's the kind i like... with thick, pasty sauce. Not the watery kind in Cosmos jars. Galleria's is good as well.

          2. After two trips to Korea I really like kimchi but most of the commercial brands have too much salt. I recommended King's brand made in SF, usually available at FFL or Ralphs. Go for the 'spicy', avoid the mild.