Steph Lloyd

Wondering + Wandering

Food, Travel

Kimchi Love

We live about 15 minutes from Garden Grove where there is a Korean District. Thank God for that because I LOVE Korean food. I will go through periods of time where I eat Korean food twice a week and think about it every other day. Due to the holiday and being too busy last week, I hadn’t had Korean food for awhile. Matt is super busy studying so I ventured to Garden Grove on my own to get some dinner tonight. Kimchi jjigae, or kimchi stew, is my go-to meal. I can’t get enough of it!

If you haven’t had kimchi, you really should find some and try it. It’s the food Koreans are most proud of. It was an acquired taste for me but now I love it. When we lived in South Korea, I went to a co-worker’s house to learn to make it. This photo is the grandmother of the house heading up the whole operation–isn’t she the cutest?! The most common kimchi is made with Napa cabbage. The cabbage is soaked in salt water, drained, and covered in a thick red pepper sauce. The family that I was with added garlic, ginger, green onion, radish, baby shrimp, and oysters to the hot sauce. After it’s all prepared, it’s left to ferment. Most families spend a day making enough kimchi for the entire year. The family sent me home with a tub of kimchi that we had made together. It’s one of my favorite memories!