CONTRIBUTED BY JEANINE CZUBIK
When I initially told my Korean friend about a place to buy fresh kimchi out of someone’s house, she told me it sounded a little sketchy. But after bribing her with free kimchi and lunch, she agreed to be my kimchi taste-tester. After not caring much for the pickled dish myself, I’ve come to like it since living in Japan – at least the fresh kind that doesn’t smell rotten!
We quickly found the directional signs, then the sign outside a white house with a stairway to a grassy area with the door on the left. There’s a sign with the menu outside the door: regular cabbage, cucumber and daikon.
We rang the doorbell and a lady came to a door to the left of the front door. She sells small containers of each variety to go for ¥500 apiece.
The verdict: fresh and good flavor and not as hot-spicy as authentic Korean kimchi.
Homemade Korean Kimchee
GPS Coordinates (approximate): 26.329917, 127.789105
Directions: Turn on road across from the entrance to Kadena Gate 5. Go .3km and turn left at the light just after Mister Donut (on right). [If you pass A-Price on the left, you have missed the turn.] Go .2km and make a right at the third street. Go approximately .1km and look for the white sign on your left. The stairway is just past the sign on the left.