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Good source for kim chi in SF or north bay?

Aron H Sep 22, 2009 04:16 PM

Hello all-

Does anyone know of a good source for quality kim chi (or kim chee - transliteration sucks sometimes for search) here in San Francisco or Marin/Healdsburg area? I'm looking to buy a couple quarts of delicious fermentation to put on pork tacos, (even though it might be cliche at this point.)

Thanks in advance!


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    vulber Sep 23, 2009 03:46 PM

    If you can't wait until you get home to get your kim chee fix, King Foot Subs on Divisadero @ Haight serves delicious kim chee subs, as well as very good Korean and non-Korean sandwiches in general.

    1. Aron H Sep 23, 2009 09:53 AM

      Sounds like First Korean Market it is. Fermented glory, here I come... thanks pei, saffrongold and sir lauriston and everyone else for your suggestions! Melanie, have you ever had a chance to compare First Korean and Asiana?

      1. Melanie Wong Sep 22, 2009 10:56 PM

        Cotati in southern Sonoma County has a very good Korean market called Asiana. I've bought kimchi and panchan there to serve at home and the quality is better than most of the stuff I've tried from Koreatown supers in Santa Clara. The owner is quite nice and helpful too. Click on the Places link below for more info.

        Ninth Annual Chowing with the Hounds Picnic! October 3rd, 2009, details and registration info

        Asiana Market
        7665 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931

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          saffrongold Sep 22, 2009 05:32 PM

          I second First Korean Market (the cross street is 11th Ave) They also have pickled turnips and cucumbers, but I like the napa cabbage most.

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          1. re: saffrongold
            Robert Lauriston Sep 23, 2009 09:34 AM

            Third. I drive from the East Bay for their kimchi.

            First Korean Market
            4625 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA

          2. chefj Sep 22, 2009 05:30 PM

            In East bay there is www.koreanaplaza.com They do a bunch of house made panchan Items including KimChi

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              OldTimer Sep 22, 2009 04:56 PM

              My wife hates kim chee, but the family loves it. Costco has large buckets of the stuff for about $5.00...I think it is very good. Not too hot, but that can be corrected with srichi. I saw it at tne Novato Costco the other day.

              1. Pei Sep 22, 2009 04:40 PM

                Best selection is at Kukje Korean market in Daly City, but that only matters if you want a huge selection of different kinds of kimchin and panchan (side dishes).

                If you just want solid kimchi, try the little Korean market south of Geary on Fillmore (across the street from the hat shop), or First Korean Market on Geary.

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                1. re: Pei
                  Aron H Sep 22, 2009 04:42 PM

                  Thanks so much! Solid kim chi is all I'm after at this point, but I will definitely check out Kukje Korean when I'm down in Daly City. Would love to bring some panchan back home.


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