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Hondapendragon Aug 19, 2012 12:58 PM

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to buy kimchi for home use. Which brand is best?
Anyone want to share their recommendations?

Thanks in advance!

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    cupcakez Aug 19, 2012 02:49 PM

    I just purchase it in 1L tubs ready made from the korean market on bloor just west of bathhurst, on the south side of the street. I believe its 4 or 5.99 a L.
    Just googled the addres is 675 bloor street west. PAT Korean Market

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      piccola Aug 19, 2012 04:11 PM

      That's where I get it too. They make some without fish/shrimp paste for vegetarians.

    2. TeRReT Aug 19, 2012 04:32 PM

      Brand names I don't know, but I buy it at Pat, T&T or Lucky Moose

      1. flying101 Aug 19, 2012 06:12 PM

        Galleria Supermarket has so many different varieties to pick from... I usually go for the in-store house brand. Tho personally I like taking it home, putting it into a food processor and chopping it up fine, then using that on noodles/rice/omelettes/anything!

        http://www.galleriasm.com:8888/
        Yonge and Steeles location is open 24hrs

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          scrawledinwax Aug 19, 2012 06:47 PM

          There's a small grocery store just west of Clinton on the north side of Bloor, down a set of stairs. I've been buying the kimchi there for years, and I love it. You can buy big tubs of it and, when it goes sour, use what's left to make kimchi chigae or kimchi fried rice.

          Edit: sorry, I forgot to add that there's no brand. It's just the store's own kimchi.

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            aser Aug 20, 2012 08:53 AM

            It's called e-mart. Their kimchi is far superior to any of the ones found @ pat, tnt, galleria.

            I really like their dried radish too.

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              Full tummy Aug 20, 2012 09:36 AM

              Do you have any idea if they have a vegetarian version (without shrimp/fish sauce)?

              Thanks!

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              shudder Jul 5, 2013 03:13 PM

              I thought I'd resurrect this old thread instead of starting a new one. Does anyone know of any particularly *fancy* kimchi? This is for a gift for a kimchi-loving friend. I hear good things about Galleria. Anyone know if they have more than one kind they make in-house? Thanks!

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                Full tummy Jul 5, 2013 06:43 PM

                Yes, they have many. There is a big counter with kimchi and various other banchan at the back right of the store, behind the produce.

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                  shudder Jul 9, 2013 02:35 PM

                  That's where I'll be headed then! Thanks.

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                  disgusti Jul 5, 2013 06:50 PM

                  The guy who ran/runs hogtown charcuterie (retail store is currently searching for a new space and I think he is at junction farmers market or some other junction event) made/makes an awesome kimchi, he also made this excellent wild ramp kimchi that I have no idea about the current availability of

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                    sweetie Jul 10, 2013 07:35 AM

                    Also at Galleria, besides the house brand they also import vac packed kimchi from Korea. I haven tried it though. If you go to Galleria on the weekend they often have kimchi available for sampling.

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                    ylsf Jul 9, 2013 02:47 PM

                    I haven't tried it but I noticed that Lisa Marie (Fidel Gastro's restaurant) has kimchi at their market. In mason jars, around $8 or $10.

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                      szw Jul 9, 2013 08:18 PM

                      My favourite is the kimchi from a small butcher shop across from PAT in bloor/christie. I forgot the name, but its across the street and a tiny bit to the west. They have very limited selection of fresh meat, a good selection of frozen, and their own homemade kimchi. There will usually be a side that is fresh and a side that is more sour. Its really good there. You can get 1L but I get a bigger jug which is maybe 4 or 5L.

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                        mrsyumyum Jul 10, 2013 11:27 AM

                        my vote is Galleria. compared to PAT and H-Mart

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