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Dec 5, 2009 11:13 AM

Looking for good store-bought kimchi

I found a recipe for quesadillas that calls for store-bought kimchi. Since I know very little about Asian food, I thought I would solicit your recommendations. Which brand should I get? Would it be available at stores like Mitsuwa or Simpang Asia (i.e., on the Westside)? Thank you for your help!

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  1. I have not purchased kimchi in a bottle for a long time but it is likely that Mitsuwa has it. They may not have more than one or two brands. HK Supermarkets (Korean) has all kinds at a self serve counter which might help because you can purchase only the amount you need. I presume you want the type that is just nappa cabbage. I think the stuff at HK is spicier than what I remember from the ones carried at the Japanese markets.

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    1. re: terim

      honestly, i'm korean and i love the costco kimchi. the brand is cosmos i think. cheap, easy, yay.

    2. I'd go to one of the Han Nam markets. Their homemade kimchi, besides being fresh, tasty and cheap, is markedly lower on salt content than the bottled brands (which I can no longer tolerate).

      IIRC Mitsuwa markets may or may not have fresh kimchi but it will be pricey. If you must get the bottled variety, try King's 'hot' (made near SF) at Ralphs or F4L.

      Hannam Super Market
      2740 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90006

      Hannam Market
      3030 Sepulveda Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

      1. Joe's Kim Chee or Kohala brand from hawaii

        1. what's the name of the korean market at the shopping center, 3rd and alameda - used to be mitsuwa and yaohan.

          1. I've had good luck at the California Market, specifically at the one on Beverly Blvd,, with their kimchi self serve.

            I love their BBQd galbi as well.