Cabbage may not conjure up the most exciting images, but that's all about to change thanks to Korean kimchi. As a staple of Korean cuisine, it literally spices up the classic cabbage that your parents probably forced upon you as a child, to make it irresistibly delicious and genuinely exciting. It's not just cabbage - although napa cabbage features predominantly, you'll also find Korean radishes often mashed up in there, too. Many of the herbs and spices used to make it are found across a variety of different Asian cuisines including Chinese. Specifically, it uses chilli powder, ginger, garlic and sometimes even jeotgal, a type of salted seafood. Kimchi is then added to a variety of different Korean dishes. Ready to see what all the fuss is about?
1. Chicken Ball Kimchi Ramen from Choo Choo Chicken
All aboard the Choo Choo Chicken train! Their Chicken Ball Kimchi Ramen is to die for (thankfully not literally), but the point stands all the same. If you're a fan of a classic ramen dish, this one thankfully won't disappoint. Ramen noodles are a staple of Asian cuisine, but this dish is particularly Korean thanks to a tasty kimchi twist. It's cheap, it's cheerful and it's a great introduction to kimchi's fragrant ways!
2. Kimchi Jigae from Kimchi Korean Restaurant
Not sure what's in Kimchi Jigae? Don't worry - let us explain. The name translates to a Korean traditional kimchi soup, which is actually more like a stew. There's a gorgeous pork broth at its base, alongside plenty of fresh veggies and some tofu. If you love your soups and hearty meals, this one is well and truly for you. It comes courtesy of Kimchi Korean Restaurant. So, the clue's in the name - kimchi is sort of their speciality!
3. Kimchi Fried Rice from Ajumma's
Fried rice is just so satisfying, right? At Ajumma's, Kimchi Fried Rice has an added kick to it all thanks to the special ingredient, kimchi, which is served on the side. The fried rice dish itself consists of prawns, egg and roasted perilla seaweed. You then have an assortment of side plates to go with it, to really make it your own. If you've been looking for something to shake up your usual fried rice fave, this is definitely the right way to go about it.
4. Kimchi Dumplings from Seoul Yummy
Here at Deliveroo we're really into wordplay, so Seoul Yummy gets the thumbs up from us! We love their Kimchi Dumplings just as much, however, so you really ought to give them a try. Fried Asian style dumplings are stuffed with chopped kimchi and minced pork to make for a really interesting combination. The way that the soft pork contrasts with the crunchiness of the kimchi means you'll appreciate it even more. Don't just take our word for it…
If you've never tried kimchi until now, make today the day. Order from a range of choices from great Korean places on Deliveroo.