Halsey, adored by K-Pop fans not only for her sheer talent but also her UwU friendship with BTS, took to her personal Twitter account…
… to ask the question of all questions:
What’s the best store bought kimchi
— h (@halsey) January 23, 2021
Twitter’s K-Food experts pulled through to catch Halsey up on the latest kimchi fads — here’s the lineup to keep your fridge and tummy filled too! 😋😋😋
1. Jongga-Jip Kimchi
Jongga jip’s kimchi! pic.twitter.com/QFVzIj089r
— wisha 🌱 (@doyou_bangtan) January 23, 2021
Jongga (also known as Chongga) brand offers not only the red cabbage kimchi we know and love, but also the popular variations too — like the white, radish, and even scallion types.
Jongga-Jip kimchi should be easy to find in most local Korean stores, as they are one of the largest pre-packed kimchi providers outside Korea. The convenient, smaller packaging is perfect for kimchi lovers who don’t need it every meal, but definitely want it from time to time.
2. Mother In Law’s Kimchi
i eat this shit every day pic.twitter.com/aFQWun2V5n
— paige (@paigeaIIison) January 23, 2021
If the aesthetic also plays a factor when you shop for kimchi, you definitely want to consider this pretty-in-a-jar brand, readily accessible at Whole Foods and online. Like Jongga, Mother-In-Law’s also serves a delicious collection of kimchi variations. This NY-based business also makes Korean pastes — like gochujang.
— Andrearei 🧢 (@yuleeayanamirei) March 12, 2020
Beware though, Twitter has seen kimchi-lovers around the world who have been defeated by Mother-In-Law’s kimchi brand’s most excellent, explosive quality fermentation game! The trick? Remove some kimchi from the jar to create “breathing room” for the bubbles to bubble. Cleaning up kimchi-popped fridge is no fun.
3. Seoul Kimchi
seoul kimchi!!! they have it at target and it’s vegan pic.twitter.com/TOlxJafMCL
— m (@ATOMICBLONDlE) January 23, 2021
Vegans too can have kimchi, with Seoul Kimchi brand’s “naturally probiotic” goodness. The best part about Seoul Kimchi is that it can be found in not-so-Korean supermarkets like Target and Ralph’s!
Seoul Kimchi actually offers both original and spicy levels, which is helpful. Plus, you can find either level in bulk-packs online — that is, if you’re really committed and know in your heart that you have no trouble finishing 1.75 pounds of kimchi.
4. Bibigo’s Kimchi
— Ann⁷ 💜 (@annOT71) January 23, 2021
Being a well-known Korean food brand, Bibigo‘s presence on this list should not be too surprising. Though their “main” thing — so to speak — is the mandoo (Korean dumplings), Bibigo’s kimchi isn’t half too bad either!
So then what’s the plan?
1. Buy Bibigo’s kimchi AND mandoo. 2. Stuff face. 3. Feel good. 4. Repeat. Duh-doy.
5. Hand Made Kimchi
Now, Halsey did ask for store-bought kimchi… but if the time (and energy) allows, kimchi-fans would agree hands-down that homemade kimchi is always going to be superior. On that note, here’s a how-to video from YouTuber Maangchi. Have fun!