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Best Supermarket Kimchi brand in Toronto?

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Sep 24, 2014
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Best Supermarket Kimchi brand in Toronto?

Hey All,

I want to buy a container of kimchi but, with so many choices in the retail space, I'm not sure which one to buy.

Any kimchi connoisseurs here who can suggest the best (or a very good) brand of kimchi to buy and from where?

I'm in Toronto, so we have H-Mart and Galleria Korean supermarkets, and also T&T.

Thanks!
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May 7, 2008
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I stock Galleria's house brand Mat Kimchi in my home.

I find it's the most balanced, and keeps getting better with age. Not too sweet or sour or spicy. Work well on its own and for cooking.
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Tried kimchi and almost gagged. Are you supposed to beat it with your meal for flavour?
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Nah, you drink Soju and chow down them KimCheeeee's!!
Supercooled wrote:
Mar 12th, 2018 3:18 pm
Tried kimchi and almost gagged. Are you supposed to beat it with your meal for flavour?

WOULD SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
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Thanks, Antihero. Another friend of mine recommended that one as well. I'll give it a try.
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I'm interest too, any more suggestions?
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The best we've found isn't supermarket but made by a store in Christie Koreatown. Its called Bloor Meat and Grocery, across from PAT. Its a butchershop but they make their own kimchi. You can buy fresh or older kimchi there. Very nice people.
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On side note, making your own is VERY easy, and will always taste better than the store.
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McKinsey wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 10:35 am
On side note, making your own is VERY easy, and will always taste better than the store.
there are specialty refrigerators made just for making kimchi
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ElectroJay wrote:
Mar 11th, 2018 2:35 pm
Hey All,

I want to buy a container of kimchi but, with so many choices in the retail space, I'm not sure which one to buy.

Any kimchi connoisseurs here who can suggest the best (or a very good) brand of kimchi to buy and from where?

I'm in Toronto, so we have H-Mart and Galleria Korean supermarkets, and also T&T.

Thanks!
depends if you prefer fresher or older kimchi. i prefer the fresher stuff so i stick with Galleria or Owl of Minerva brand.
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Kimchi? That's a well known Korean motor oil brand, right?

Seriously though Tobagi sliced cabbage or Mrs. Kim's Napa cabbage both have great balance and rich savory flavours.
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Sep 24, 2014
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Thank you all for your suggestions.
I never knew there was old vs new kimchi. Something for me to consider on my next purchase lol.
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Tried others I didn't like, back to Chongga brand which I've been buying for many years. Watch out for expiry dates ....
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Yeah kimchi changes as it ages. Typically I prefer it for eating on its own at around 1-2 months.

Some people claim that kimchi never goes bad. Longest I've ever left some was 1.5 years. Good funky taste - loved it. Not patient enough to do it again.
ElectroJay wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 4:52 pm
Thank you all for your suggestions.
I never knew there was old vs new kimchi. Something for me to consider on my next purchase lol.
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Got a good recipe?

I'm not sure I can agree with your claim. I've had many homemade kimchi from various Korean households and I think that some store-bought ones are superior. Like anything, the product will depend on the inputs.

Honestly though I think kimchi is a personal taste much like how everyone has a preference for a wine or beer and don't think you can conclude that one is better than another for all palates.
McKinsey wrote:
Mar 15th, 2018 10:35 am
On side note, making your own is VERY easy, and will always taste better than the store.

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