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Jul 23, 2008 09:15 AM

Iso best grocery store kimchi?

I need my fix. Anywhere in the city?

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  1. don't know about specific brands, but you can find the real deal at Han Ah Rheum on 32nd St in Koreatown or M2M around 12th st/3rd ave in the East Village. you can sometimes find it in Japanese stores too around the city, but they're usually not as good.

    1. I usually go to Han Ah Reum on 32nd street. They have the largest variety, not to mention sell in the largest quantities. One available size is literally a garbage bag of kimchi.

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      1. re: JungMann

        A garbage bag!? The horrifying thought of a small hole in that bag scares me.

        1. re: DarthEater

          I'm not so into buying the garbage bags of kimchi either. I wouldn't mind as much if they were smaller. But there's no way I could finish that. And the holes would be scary.

          I don't really understand the bags of kimchi. In some parts of Canada, I've seen bags of milk being sold. Do they transfer it to other jars or do you just stick the entire bag in the fridge?

            1. re: Miss Needle

              Some Koreans consume kimchi the way baby's consume mother's milk! A garbage bag full is only a couple heads of cabbage. A family of four could easily consume that in a week of banchan, pajeon, jjigae, bokkeumbap, etc. I don't know what to make of milk bags in Canada, though.

          1. re: JungMann

            Is there a specific brand that I should look for? I also prefer smaller quantity. I don't want to take up all the space in my fridge!

            1. re: kobetobiko

              I think the only branded kimchi they sell is Tobagi. Typically I get napa cabbage, no oysters, as it sours more slowly. But if you find you like it as much as I do, the small might not be enough. I bought the 32 oz. for my first purchase and finished it in two days.

          2. I hate to say it, but it has to be H-Mart in Korea town. I really don't like any of their stuff though.

            I wish Gahm Mi Ok would sell their kimchi. I'll bet that they would make a lot of money!

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            1. re: Miss Needle

              I would never leave the house if gahm mi oak sold their kimchi. I'd just sit on my couch all day and eat kimchi!

              Han Ah Reum has great kimchi, but you can also grab smaller, pan chan sized containers at Woorijip, also on 32nd St.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                Have you ever asked if they sell it? I don't see why not, if its money earned. How long does kimchi stay good for ?

                1. re: DarthEater

                  actually, i have asked gahm mi oak and alas they said no. =(

                  h-mart carries kimchi...but the freshness can really vary.
                  the last time i was in kum gang san, i noticed that they sell kimchi as well. if it's the same as they serve in the restaurant, i found it to be good. again, freshness is really important to me though and that part, i'm don't know as i've never bought from kum gang san.

                  1. re: mybear

                    Oh, is it that the probiotic kimchi that they're advertising on their placemats? I haven't purchased anything from Gum Kang San, but my dad buys the chueng gook jang paste from Flushing's Gum Kang San frequently. He's been pretty happy with that.

                    1. re: mybear

                      Hide a tupperware underneath the table and request for refills.

                      I just had dinner at Mandangsui tonight and I was disappointed with their kimchi. Is it just me? I will try gahm mi oak next time.

                      h-mart doesnt make their own kimchi but its pretty tasty.

                      1. re: mybear

                        The riper the better! I don't like mine too fresh... that strong, tangy sour taste after it's been a few weeks is where it's at!

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                    1. If you want a nice sized bucketful, M2M sells 'em for a very reasonable $7.