Taste test Kimchi
Unless you've been living under a stone, you'll know that fermented foods are a good thing, and that we should all be including them in our daily diet. They are excellent for gut health, in that they populate the gut with the good bacteria that can be depleted through the use of antibiotics, stress and other environmental factors. Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made from cabbage and chilli, and we tested both imported and Irish versions. It's easy (and much cheaper) to make your own; there are plenty of recipes available online.
Cultured Kitchen Kimchi, 340g, €6.95, 9/10
Made with finely-shredded red and white cabbage, as well as carrot, apple, and spring onion, there's a great kick of ginger from this Irish-made kimchi. Attractive red colour and not too pungent. A great entry-level kimchi, plus it's vegan.
The Cultured Food Company Kimchi, 300g, €4.99, 8/10
This Irish kimchi was positively alive when we opened the jar, bubbling away happily. Contains chinese cabbage, daikon, carrot and spring onion. Quite hardcore, quite delicious.
Yield Foods Kimchi, 220g, €5.50, 6/10
We bought this Irish kimchi at Green Beards. It looks like traditional Korean kimchi, but isn't as pungent as some of the other versions we tried. Notes of horseradish and wasabi.
Chongga Kimchi, 300g, €3.75, 6/10
Undeniably authentic, our testers were divided on this one. Spicy, yet not quite as full on as the Mat Kimchi. Definitely worth a try.
Chongga Mat Kimchi (Cut Cabbage Kimchi), 500g, €3.95, 5/10
Not one for newbies to the kimchi game, this was the strongest flavoured and most pungent of the kimchis that we tested. It comes in a pouch rather than a jar and is great value, so ideal for those who already know that they like kimchi. The guy in front of us in the Asian supermarket bought six packets.