Kimchi in Chapel Hill/Durham?
So, it's my birthday this weekend, and I think I'm making Momofuku's roast pork shoulder. It calls for kimchi for serving, and a) i've never made it, and b) i was always under the impression that it needs time to ferment, etc.
As such... anyone know of somewhere to get good store-bought kimchi in the Triangle? I CAN drive out to Grand Asia if that's the place, but I'd prefer to avoid that if I can. Thoughts?
You might try the Golden Wok (I believe that is what it is called - could be the Classic Silver Wok) on 15/501 (Fordham) in CH. I've had great luck with asian ingredients there. They may well have premade kimchee. I used to have the phone number but it is lost somewhere on this mess of a desk of mine ... sorry. I think you should be able to find it in the phonebook though.
Harris Teeter sells kimchi -- they stock it by the carrots, mushrooms, etc. It's not bad but pricier than what you'd pay at an Asian Store.
The Asian market on Rosemary also sells a few varieties of kimchi. Some kimchis can be fishier than others depending upon how the fermentation process, so you might ask the lady who works there her personal preferences....
I encourage you to get over to the Carrboro Farmer's Market on Saturdays and get some of Farmer's Daughter kimchee...i even think she does a couple of different kinds. If you can't wait that long 3Cups sells some of her stuff too.