Unexpected Dishes You Can Pair With Kimchi

Get creative with kimchi!

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Kimchi is one of South Korea's national dishes for a reason: it's so good and unique. Its spicy, juicy, crunchy, and piquant burst of flavor makes it the perfect side dish to almost anything. If you love kimchi just like we do, you'll love experimenting with it! Try pairing the spicy fermented cabbage with any of these dishes: 

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1 Fried Fish Recipes

As with all fried food, there's a tendency for it to be a little oily. A good way to counteract oiliness is to pair it with some acid. Enter kimchi! The delicious, tangy kimchi adds another layer of flavor and might make you want to eat more. Make each bite even more decadent with a small dab of creamy mayonnaise.

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2 Grilled Steak Recipes

Just like thinly grilled slices of meat go perfectly with kimchi in your samgyupsal wraps, a big, juicy steak is also quite delicious when served with some kimchi, too. Don't knock it until you try it! 

3 Hotdog Bun Recipes

The next time you're having a hotdog bun, why not replace your pickled relish with some chopped up kimchi instead? It makes a lot of sense as it's very similar to pickled relish but has additional spicy flavor notes.

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4 Deviled Egg Recipes

Add some zesty crunch to your deviled eggs by topping it with some delicious, chopped up kimchi. Follow our recipe for spicy, gochujang deviled eggs that would go wonderfully with that kimchi topping!

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5 Omelet Recipes

You can easily jazz up your omelet with a few pieces of kimchi. It'll add acidity, spiciness, and more flavor. Plus, kimchi, when it has been warmed up, is quite delicious, too.

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6 French Fries Recipes

Load up your french fries with mayonnaise, cheese, and (yes!) kimchi. You are sure to love this combo of creamy, cheesy, tangy, and just a little bit spicy. You won't be needing that bottle of ketchup this time! 

Use this easy and tasty recipe to make your breaded pork chop.
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7 Breaded Pork Chop Recipes

The same way it works so well with fried fish, kimchi adds acidity, flavor, and juiciness to your fried pork, too. It's sure to make a more interesting spoonful with your rice.

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8 Potato Salad Recipes

Make your potato salad utterly unique by adding chopped up kimchi. The dressing, as well as the chunks of crisp, spiced cabbage, will benefit from the added flavor and spice the kimchi has. To make it even spicier, add gochugaru (red pepper flakes) or Sriracha hot sauce.

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Which one of these unexpected combinations are you willing to try? Yes, some of these require a little leap of faith, but when you do make that decision to jump right in with the kimchi, it can be quite a rewarding and tasty mouthful.


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