WHAT MAKES MS. LEE’S KIMCHI DIFFERENT?
People think that kimchi is always a vegetarian food but actually it is not, because 99% of varieties contain anchovy sauce, pickled shrimp, or beef broth. Only kimchi made in Buddhist temples is 100% vegetarian. Following their lead I decided to explore making vegan kimchi with my own recipe. The taste is clean and even Korean people cannot distinguish if there is fish sauce in it or not. I have now been producing this vegan kimchi and providing it to restaurants and cafeterias for several years and people really enjoy it!
High Quality, Eco-friendly Ingredients
Hot Pepper Powder
Korean cabbage kimchi usually contains hot pepper flakes (known as Gochugaru in Korean) which are ground, dried chili peppers. They contain many nutrients including vitamins (especially vitamin A), minerals, and dietary fibre. These nutrients can help prevent health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. These peppers are also important to the taste of the kimchi, but their quality can be affected by how they are grown and dried. Growing hot peppers is not easy because of pests, so farmers often use pesticides. However, I import my pepper flakes from eco-friendly, health-conscious farmers in Korea who use little to no pesticides. Furthermore, they sun-dry their peppers by hand rather than using machines. These practices lead to higher quality peppers with more beautiful natural colours and better taste.
I use two types of salt in my kimchi. The first is Korean sea salt (wang-sogeum in Korean) used to preserve the Napa Cabbage. This salt has been fermenting for over 3 years. In the last stage, the second salt is used, which is a natural fine mineral rock salt purchased locally. These salts serve to preserve the cabbage, provide minerals and create a pleasant, mild taste.
NO ARTIFICIAL FLAVOURS • NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS • VEGAN • PROBIOTIC • NO ADDED SUGAR
Homemade & Gourmet
While I don’t want to speak badly of other kimchi brands, many are produced by machines in factories. Every step in my kimchi’s production process is done by human hands. Furthermore, it is all natural. Rather than adding sugar, it is sweetened by radish, pears, onions, and sticky rice. These ingredients all come together to create a sweet, natural taste.