Annyeong Haseyo!

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a Japanese food fan. I think I recommended so many friends to the Japanese buffet at Penang Mutiara Resort that Penang Mutiara should give me some plaque or gift voucher. Alas, that lovely Japanese restaurant there discontinued its buffet (it was most affordable at RM36++, considering its spread of dishes!). No one even minded the long, zig-zaggy 45-minute drive along Batu Feringghi to the end of the island. After all, Penangites will go anywhere, do anything for food!
But I have also developed this enormous liking for Korean food, particularly kimchi. No, I did not watch Dajeunggum the drama series. I did not even know about Rain until Marsha blogged about the hunky Korean. All I knew was many years ago, there used to be this Winter Sonata drama series (which was particularly soppy and romantic) because of that highly annoying drama soundtrack which later became everyone’s ringtone.
Anyway, back to my kimchi love affair. When I tried it many years ago, I didn’t like it all. Tasted so so. I figured Japanese food (sashimi topping the list) was still the best. Until one day, my uncle brought me some kimchi from Korea. I had told him in jest to bring me some kimchi the next time he comes home (he’s based there so I think he should know which type of kimchi to buy).
After sampling the real Korean kimchi, I was hooked. Sure, it smells very strong! The garlic in it is enough to destroy several generations of vampires. The taste is tart enough to make your gastric juices work overtime. And the crispiness of the cabbage is amazing. So all this time, I’d been tasting some lousy kimchi. The real thing is something else.
I cannot find this brand in Penang so I went online to check the price. It is expensive at RM25 per packet, the last time I checked. And opening a packet of Chongga kimchi during meal times is to be treasured (once my supply finishes, I have to wait a couple more months before my uncle comes to Penang, and even then, I am way to shy to get him to buy me some, knowing that it costs so much!).

Precious commodity…All the way from Korea, Chongga (or zongga) kimchi.

One spoonful of this and all the germs in your tummy will shrivel up and die cursing!

There is a great ending to my kimchi supply woe: Recently I found a local Korean restaurant which makes kimchi similar to Chongga! This Korean restaurant supplies to Cold Storage the supermarket so I get my regular supply from Cold Storage, Gurney Plaza. A square plastic box of it costs RM9.90 which is still much more affordable than directly flown in kimchi from Korea and which makes indulging in kimchi lots more pleasurable now that supply is within my control.

3 thoughts on “Annyeong Haseyo!”

  1. chungmal?? (really?) na chuwa kimchi (I like) too!! Actually am quite a Korean BBQ fanatic and if I had it my way, I would be eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner! A conincidence that there’s a Korean BBQ restaurant just outside my house…about 2 mins walk!! What temptation!
    So, next time you come to my place, we ka (go) to that restaurant, ok? otteke? (how? ok?)
    Wah…so expensive lah the kimchi your uncle bring you! Thanks for letting me know about the Cold Storage supply. They’ve just gotten a new loyal customer! Anyeong…..
    p.s. wah…realize that it’s really difficult trying to fit in the few korean words that I know into the comments! but korean is a funny language…very difficult to learn.

  2. Hi Hoyoyi, Yes I know your love affair with Korean food. Saw those on your blog a couple of times. You seem to go to Korean restaurants all the time.
    Hi Marsha, Aiyo, my Korean is limited to annyeong haseyo. All I know of Korea comes from 2 sources: you and my uncle (who promises me some quality shoju this time around). And that I want to name my kid Rayne if I have any. Suddenly liking Korean stuff is so hip and happening yeah? I know a tonne of people who like the Korean instant noodles!


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