While poking around in the refrigerated section of my local Trader Joe's, I recently discovered a pouch of one of my favorite foods: kimchi!
I love using kimchi in weeknight meals; it's so flavorful, it quickly transforms humble ingredients like eggs and rice into tasty dinners. Though I'm lucky enough to live just a few miles from the Koreatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, my usual grocery shopping routine doesn't include a stop at the Korean market, so being able to pick up kimchi during my weekly Trader Joe's run is definitely convenient.
Straight out of the bag, this kimchi isn't as complex, spicy or pungent as what you might buy at a Korean store or make at home, but I've been enjoying it in cooked dishes like stews and stir-fries. And for those hesitant about kimchi, the less aggressive odor and taste can even be preferable. (My husband, a notorious kimchi-hater, has actually liked the dishes I've made with the Trader Joe's kimchi.)
Already have some kimchi in your fridge? Try one of the recipes below.
6 Ways to Use Kimchi
• 1 Kimchi Fried Rice with Extra Greens
• 2 Tofu Kimchi Dumplings
• 3 Kimchi Tofu Summer Rolls
• 4 Kimchi Omelet at Appetite for China
• 5 Kimchi Jigae (Kimchi Soup) at No Recipes
• 6 Kimchi and Avocado Quesadillas at Sunset Magazine
What do you like to make with kimchi?
Related: Make Korean Food at Home: 15 Great Recipes, from Bibimbap to BBQ Short Ribs
(Images: Anjali Prasertong)