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May 28, 2008 06:38 PM

Kimchi on a hot dog

My son used the noodles from a packet of "only at the Korean market" kimchi soup mix. Left me the inner packets, including a little packet of industrial-strength kimchi.

Just though I'd tell you ... it's great on a hot dog instead of sauerkraut!!

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  1. Minced kimchi is good on a lot of things -
    hot dogs :-)
    some types of salads

    Any place you would use a relish
    added to or in place of salsa

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    1. re: hannaone

      tacos? that sounds better than hotdogs for some reason. Also I notice a LOT of hispanic people eating in korean restaurants around here. I'm glad they like my food cause I sure love theirs

      1. re: bitsubeats

        I couldn't agree more! I have been noticing for a while how much Korean food and Mexican food (the real stuff, ahem) share flavors - chili, garlic, sour. Mexican menudo or red posole has a similar flavor profile to yookgaejang or even really porky/beefy kimchi jiggae (if you like a lot of lime in your menudo or posole). I also think Vietnamese and Mexican are very similar, especially with all the fresh herbs/salsas.

        1. re: bitsubeats

          There's a in Los Angeles near UCLA, with the improbable name of Jose Bernstein's, that serves up kimchi galbi burritos.... :)

      2. yep if you like that, you have to try budaechigae (army base stew). One of my FAVORITE things in the world to eat. Chopped up hotdogs, spam, potatoes, and other meat products that are laying around (I bet corned beef would be AWESOME) thrown in some water with some sour sour kimchi. If you want you can also add ramen noodles.

        I also used to eat it on hamburgers when I was little.

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        1. re: bitsubeats

          I saw budaechigae at a restaurant in Seoul, but as a vet, I'll pass. I love kim chi on dogs (both kinds, the weiner & the woof), grow my own cin. cab, to make my own, just need the vat for the back yard. There was a BBC article 2 yrs. ago that was about kim chi's effictiveness in preventing the avian flu virus.
          I'm gonna be the granddad of my son's Korean wife's baby in Dec.! More Seoul food on the horizon.

          1. re: Passadumkeg

            Congratulations Passadumkeg! Eat well for us when you celebrate your new family member!

          2. re: bitsubeats

            I've got to say that I've never tried budaechigae. I wouldn't mind trying a bit if somebody else orders it but I don't think I want to order an entire one myself.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              Base stew is my sons (plural) favorite. That crazy mix of processed meat, kimchi, veggies, and mandu is pretty good stuff.

              1. re: hannaone

                I guess enough people must love it for it to be on so many menus. But I have a feeling that it's probably not to my taste -- not really a fan of hot dogs. I'd be happy if somebody else makes the sacrifice. : )

                1. re: Miss Needle

                  If you're 'curious' about budae chigae, try making a package of spicy korean ramen with hot dog/spam, kimchi, and american cheese. That's basically the flavor profile and it rocks!

          3. While I have never tried kimchi, we just did brats with sauerkraut and chili (touch of yellow mustard) and cheddar on honey whole-wheat buns, over Memorial Day. Yum! Maybe kimchi would do the trick?


            1. Hey Wayne,

              Before I left Tokyo, at a Hanami party (cherry blossom viewing), I grilled hot dogs, and one of the other guests brought kimchi. As you can probably guess, the kimchi found itself on the plump, kosher hot dog.

              Quite a brilliant combo, kimchi and dog. I still buy kimchi at my local asian market to throw on my dogs.


              1. Chef David Chang popularized kimchi dogs at an exclusive bar in downtown Manhattan. They've become a highlight, even more so than the $18 drinks.