I was raised by a Korean mother, and that means there was one thing that we never ran out of in our household: kimchi. Kimchi is a spicy fermented vegetable side dish that Koreans have been eating for hundreds of years. It’s made from napa cabbage, radish or cucumber that is mixed with garlic, scallions, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt and ginger. It also makes your breath smell like whole cloves of garlic and your fridge smell like last month’s leftovers.

My mom's homemade Kimchi

My mom’s homemade Kimchi

Despite its stinky smell, kimchi is super healthy for you (contains vitamins A, B and C) and studies have shown that it may even prevent the growth of cancer. Although it’s usually eaten with rice or noodles, or made into kimchi soup or pancakes. This traditional Korean side dish also tastes great with a lot of traditional American dishes. In fact, it tastes great with just about anything, and I should know because I’ve eaten it with everything. I’ve eaten it with hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, scrambled eggs, french fries, spaghetti, chili, fried chicken and fish, just to name a few.

Here are a few pictures of what I’ve eaten with kimchi:

Kimchi and ramen noodles

Kimchi and ramen noodles

Homemade Kimchi bibimbap (mixed rice)

Homemade Kimchi bibimbap (mixed rice)

Kimchi on a Hamburger with a side of Mac and Cheese

Kimchi on a Hamburger with a side of Mac and Cheese

Korean BBQ Tacos with Kimchi slaw from the Takorean food truck

Korean BBQ Tacos with Kimchi slaw from the Takorean food truck

Apparently I’m not the only person who loves kimchi. The spicy side dish has gained popularity in the U.S., showing up on restaurant menus across the country and starring as a “fried kimchi rice ball” on Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” Celebrity chef Bobby Flay even has his own recipe for it.

If you’re already a fan of kimchi and didn’t think that it could get any tastier, then I have ten recipes that will prove you wrong. First you need to get the kimchi. I suggest going to H-Mart, Lotte Plaza or a local Asian grocery store. If you prefer to make it yourself, here’s a great homemade kimchi recipe. Then you can try these fusion dishes for something exciting and new:

Bulgogi Kimchi Taco

Kimchi Potato Croquettes

Mongolian Style Kimchi Burger

Kogi Kimchi Quesadillas

Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Kimchi, Bacon and Shiitake Mushroom Pizza

Kimchi Omelet

Hot Dogs with Kimchi Relish

Kimchi Chicken Salad Sandwich

Steak with Kimchi Butter

Reminder: Don’t forget to brush your teeth or use mouthwash after eating kimchi!

 

Trish Broome

Trish Broome

Trish Broome is a half white/half Korean writer who currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. When she’s not sharing her views on culture and diversity on Mixed Nation, she’s making readers laugh with her satire music articles on The Rap Insider. In her spare time she enjoys listening to ‘90s hip hop music, shopping at thrift stores and eating kimchi. Follow her on Twitter @TheGreenGroove. See more articles by this author >