Ode to Kimchee

Grace’s recent picture of kimchee as part of a dish at Stephanie Izard’s Girl & the Goat restaurant reminded me of how far kimchee has come.  The whole “foodie” revolution has turned what was regular food for some of us into trendy, avant garde items.  Many Asians have been eating things like this all our lives and they were far from trendy.  It would be like Tony the Tiger’s Frosted Flakes becoming an accompaniment to some fabulous main entree.  (Actually, it wouldn’t surprise me if Graham Elliot does something “ggggggrrrreat” like that!)  It hasn’t always been this way.  Even a couple years ago, I was inspired to write this little rhyme thinking most others would never agree.  Now it may no longer apply!

Thursday, May 07, 2009
An Ode to Kimchee

Your taste is gross to most;
Your looks leave nothing to boast.
Worst of all is your smell,
Making many think of hell.

But our love is quite savage
For Korean pickled cabbage.
Kimchee, beloved kimchee,
Perfectly paired with grilled galbi
And even better some days later
In bokumbap (fried rice) we so savor.

Sorry to the non-fans around us
Who smell our breath & then get nauseous
Just avoid us if you must
Because for us, it’s kimchee or bust.

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3 Responses to Ode to Kimchee

  1. mrsbuckett says:

    I miss good kimchee, even decent kimchee. We became better friends when I was pregnant with Lizzie Lou.

  2. cathy says:

    “The whole “foodie” revolution has turned what was regular food for some of us into trendy, avant garde items. Many Asians have been eating things like this all our lives and they were far from trendy.”
    SO true!!! I think it’s hilarious when non-Asians (ok, white people ;)) regard bone marrow, pig’s feet, pig’s ears, etc. as exotic, cutting-edge food.

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