Kimchi is a popular Korean dish often made of fermented cabbage and vegetables that can be consumed on its own or in various dishes. It’s popular for it’s taste and health benefits. The best kimchi is homemade but if you can’t find the time to make your own, buying it is convenient. Find out here if this Costco Hankook Original Kimchi tastes as good as homemade!
Kimchi is a loved Korean cuisine and my Costco carries the Hankook Original Kimchi. I haven’t reviewed kimchi on the blog before so picked this up to try and review.
Location in Store
You can find this in the refrigerated deli section at Costco, near the tofu and fresh pasta. The item number is 49805.
I think this kimchi is okay, not the greatest but not bad at all. Definitely not as good as homemade and I think it needs to be added to other dishes rather than eating it alone. It’s better on rice with some sesame oil on it.
I find it quite heavy tasting and really salty. The flavor is sour, tangy, spicy and a bit salty. The texture of the vegetables isn’t mushy but not extremely crispy. I think it’s also very spicy, I don’t have a high tolerance for heat but this tastes hot to me.
The 1670-gram container costs $11.99 Canadian at Costco. This isn’t too expensive for such a large container of kimchi!
There are lots of ways to enjoy kimchi. I love making kimchi fried rice but you can use it in a ton of different recipes or have it on its own.
The kimchi needs to be kept refrigerated and the best before date is a month and a half from the date that it was purchased. I know some Koreans who make their own kimchi buy a special refrigerator to keep it at an optimal temperature to last longer. Buying kimchi is more convenient than making homemade but it’s for sure not as tasty.
A 100-gram serving is 30 calories, zero grams of fat, six grams of carbohydrates, two grams of fibre, three grams of sugar, two grams of protein and 560 mg of sodium.
The ingredients list is cabbage, seasonings as well as salted shrimp so this particular kimchi is not vegetarian. Kimchi is known for being full of probiotics and nutrients as well as low in calories. The probiotics are coming from the fermented vegetables and probiotics help with gut health. Kimchi is also suspected to boost the immune system and lower inflammation.
Give it a try!
If you crave kimchi but don’t have access to a Korean supermarket or homemade, this is decent enough to be enjoyable, especially added to other dishes like rice.
Have you tried this kimchi? What did you think?
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