Being a huge fan of fermented food, I have actually made my own kombucha and enjoyed looking at my scoby grow thicker and thicker each day. (I sound very weird now). I am also a huge fan of Korean food! So, when I heard there was a chance to review some Kim Chis and Krauts I was like “sign me up for sure!” Eaten Alive, (Get it? It’s because fermentation? Live bacteria’s? GET IT?) has sent over two of their most popular flavours – Classic Spicy Kimchi and Smoky Pink Kraut. I love Kimchi so I have decided to try that during lunch, of course there’s so much different cooking you can try using kimchi for sure. For example, the simplest recipe I can think of is Kimchi fried rice. Which is kimchi and rice, along with other available ingredients, such as diced vegetables or meats like spam. I also love to put cheese on top, so it doesn’t get too spicy for my taste.
So, the Classic Spicy Kimchi is a classic Korean-inspired flavoured with chilli, garlic, ginger and spring onions with tender, Chinese leaf cabbage. You can really taste the garlic and the fizziness! It’s the fermentation for sure! It certainly did leave me wanting for more and more. Although it was spicy it wasn’t to the spice that was unbearable. You will get addicted to this I swear, I am a huge fan of the garlic and the full-bodied flavour. No wonder this has also got the great taste award as well. Eaten Alive has other flavours if you are not a huge fan of spicy food or if you wanted to intro yourself into the world of fermentation. Classic mild kimchi has less of a kick and you can even try the white cabbage kimchi, which is made with, you guessed it, white cabbage to give it more of a crunch as opposed to the Chinese leaf.
The other smoky pink kraut that was sent to me has a more subtle, spice blend and smoked chilli make this a particularly great accompaniment to Middle Eastern dishes and barbecued food. So it was advised on their website to try with falafels, mezze dishes or pulses, also great with sausages or grilled lamb. Thanks to Eaten Alive I have found my next couple of quarantine dishes to make so I can eat my Krauts!
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