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Kimchi in Metro Detroit?

rockyjay Oct 27, 2011 07:28 PM

I'm looking for some really yummy kimchi. A few years ago I purchased some jar kimchi at Kroger in Hazel Park on 9 Mile and John R. It was pretty disgusting and kind of turned me off of kimchi all together. Since then I have only had kimchi at Korean restaurants and I would like to find a store in the Metro Detroit area that has the best kimchi so I can buy lots of it.

I don't want anymore jar stuff, I would prefer kimchi made in-house or freshly made. Does anyone know of any places?

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    trapani Nov 6, 2011 06:40 PM

    In Ann Arbor I second Manna--great kim chi, plus a nice selection of ready-to-eat dishes. You may even find pear kim chi at this time of year. And it is just blocks from Seoul Street, so you can pick up some Korean Fried Chicken!

    Also check out kim chi and other pickled vegetables from The Brinery (at AA's farmers' market and a few stores . . . www.thebrinery.com).

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    1. re: trapani
      houndgirl Nov 8, 2011 01:27 PM

      Oh yeah, that Korean fried chicken is fantastic! Worth the wait. Must try the spam kim bob rolls next. I used to live just down the street from Manna and shopped there a lot.

      1. re: trapani
        rockyjay Nov 8, 2011 01:52 PM

        I have tried Kim Chi from The Brinery and I love it but I live in Ferndale and wont be driving to AA as often enough as I go through Kimchi at my house. I did bite the bullet and buy a jar from E-Mart. It was okay, a bit sweet but not very sour so I think it was freshly made. I'm going to let it sit for a few days and try again.

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        houndgirl Oct 28, 2011 12:36 PM

        You might want to try this place on the edge of Ann Arbor. It's a great Korean grocery.


        I make my own, it's not that hard. My BF hates the stuff so I have to ferment it outside on the back porch. I'd recommend buying Sandor Katz's "Wild Fermentation" book. It's got a lot of great recipes.

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          Jim M Oct 29, 2011 07:14 AM

          I live down the street from Galleria. Several of the Korean markets in AA have it, but they have the largest selection. Hyundai market at Platt and Ellsworth is very close by and also worth trying. Ann Arbor is paradise for lovers of Korean food.

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            moose734 Oct 30, 2011 08:40 AM

            I'll also toss Manna onto that list. All three of the A2 places make their own Kimchi , in additon to selling jarred versions.

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              coney with everything Oct 31, 2011 05:42 AM

              "Hyundai" market...seriously, that's the name?


              1. re: coney with everything
                moose734 Oct 31, 2011 03:40 PM

                Yeah it really is. Got a good fish stew from there the other day too.

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                  coney with everything Nov 1, 2011 06:23 AM

                  Did it include Tiburon?

                  Sorry, could not resist very very bad car joke.

                  1. re: coney with everything
                    Jim M Nov 1, 2011 07:03 PM

                    Yeah, but there's also a certain accent I can't place.

                2. re: coney with everything
                  Michigan Mishuganer Nov 2, 2011 01:25 PM

                  it's sort of in a gas station too, the strip mall it's in is attached to a Shell Gas station

            2. coney with everything Oct 28, 2011 05:37 AM

              Have you tried this place in Troy?

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                rockyjay Oct 28, 2011 06:20 AM

                I go to E-Mart quite a bit and in the refrigerated section in the back of the store is where I have seen kimchi but its all in jars of various sizes and I read the label and its made in California and there is alway a lot of it there. I don't know if its being purchased or not but I haven't been willing to try it.

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                  HillsofBeverly Oct 28, 2011 07:20 AM

                  I've bought the E Mart kimchi (in a smaller jar) and thought it was fine - just like the stuff at the restaurants. I'm not aware of a Korean store making homemade, though one of the other sites (yelp?) had a mention of a Troy, MI, Rochester Road (around 16 mile) store with a wide variety of Korean pickled vegetables - however, where were they made?

                  1. re: rockyjay
                    jjspw Oct 29, 2011 12:19 PM

                    "I don't know if its being purchased or not but I haven't been willing to try it."
                    If you're questioning the freshness of the E-Mart stock, kimchi is FERMENTED! The stuff lasts forever, especially when refrigerated.

                    E-Mart stocks a variety of brands/producers of kimchi. They do have kimchi that I presume is house-made--it's packaged in clear, unmarked plastic containers, the simple/flimsy ones kind of like you'd get when ordering soup to-go from a restaurant. Like HillsofBeverly, this was fine kimchi, just like at the restaurants around here.

                    And like malmarson said, ANY Korean market has dozens of kimchi types, options, heat, brands. It's really not hard to find. And the stuff is so cheap, why don't you just buy a few and test them out to see if you like them?

                  2. re: coney with everything
                    malmarson Oct 29, 2011 04:46 AM

                    Oh my god...any Korean market in the Troy -Sterling Heights area has kim chee. Any Korean resterant has Kim Chee. If I remember correctly, Asia Mart on Rochester Road near Big Beaver has up to gallon jars of the stuff!

                    Hankuk on Gratiot (between 13 and 14 mile) has handmade kim chee-great hole in the wall bare bones resterant attached.
                    Also-even Saigon Market-John R, around 13 1/2 mile, has a garlic/ginger Kim chee.

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                      Mawson Plan Oct 31, 2011 11:56 PM

                      I was at Hankuk the other day- the kimchee is a little sour, I may have bought an older jar. But it is made in house and still quite delicious. The restaurant is excellent.

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