My all time favorite side dish is kimchi. It has to be prepared well, otherwise, not worth busting out the tall glass of water and bowl of steaming hot rice. For several years, Kainoa and I, have been fascinated with Korean dramas, reality television shows, and just anything Korean. Not necessarily for the story line, but mostly because of the food! Granted not everything we watch on television is a true representation of a country’s culture, but you cannot go wrong with the food!
I hardly would consider myself a great cook, but if I am determined to eat something, you will find me getting my hands dirty. Finding the recipe that would be worth the trouble of making the yummy kimchi was the challenge. Luckily, I have resourceful friends. Kainoa turned me on to Maangchi, whom I had the pleasure of meeting in 2010. Perusing through Maangchi’s website I found her kimchi recipe, that I have used to this day religiously. When I met her in 2010 she told me the secret to the recipe is using FRESH OYSTERS!
One small tip, do not plan to make this late at night. It does take a few hours to prepare the cabbage, so start early in the day so you don’t look haggard the next day.