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Jun 24, 2010 05:46 PM

Looking for Sweet/Young Kimchi

Hi guys, do any of you know where I can pick up a jar of "sweet" kimchi. Basically it's kimchi that hasn't been fermented for long. Yechon in Annandale is an example--I will ask them if they sell it by the pound, but would like to know if there are other sources?

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  1. It is called gut jeri. Similar to a toss salad but uses napa cabbage. Two versions. One toss straight with napa that has not been cured in salt and the other uses napa cured in salt but not yet ferminted.

    The former, I'm not sure where to get. the latter, just go to Super H on the weekend and you seem them make it in front of you. take it home cut it up and eat.

    The best version of this at Viet Gol. They put a large plate of it as a part of the banchan. Love the oyster sauce they use.


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    1. re: Soup

      Awesome, looks like once again I will be going to H Mart this week. Thanks Soup!

    2. I'm fairly certain that Yechon adds sugar to their kimchi as there's a big difference between sweet kimchi (personally don't like it) and fresh, young kimchi. The kimchi I make at home never tastes that sugary sweet.

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      1. re: link_930

        Link, I think you're right. I tried the H-Mart "New Kimchi" (made as I wandered the store), and it is nowhere near as sweet as Yechon's. It has a slight raw onion-like sharpness to it, and is way more salty than what I expected. Yechon told me they don't sell their kimchi by the pound. I'm going to look online for a clone recipe I guess.

        1. re: link_930

          its not straight sugar they add its a sweet rice porridge that gives it that great sweet taste

        2. i make fresh sweet kimchi maybe if you would like i could make it for you and mail it to you i live in rhode island so i believe you arent to far away the only thing i ask is 20 dollars to make it and that you pay for the supplies needed for it so my cost and the ingredients cost and of course the cost of some jumbo jars and the shipping and handling it would get to you over night in bulk and sweet the way you like i was taught by my korean grandmother who pretty much adopted me as a kid so if you are interested let me know you can email me at for the subject say "make me kimchi". and i will know who you are and we can talk further .