Our Favorite Kimchi Dishes

Kimchi is an ancient Korean tradition that’s popping up in new, delicious ways all across 417-land.

By Megan Dollar

Jan 2021

Gogi Quesadilla at The Press Coffee & Juice Bar
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Kimchi is usually composed of fermented cabbage, radish, garlic, ginger and  sometimes scallions. The fermentation process produces lactic acid and all kinds of bacteria that are natural to your gut microbiome, which really just means eating this food is good for your gut. It’s also pretty delicious. Here are some of our favorites.

Gogi Quesadilla at The Press Coffee & Juice Bar

2710 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield
For Korean/Mexican fusion, start here. Melted cheese and crunchy kimchi are smashed between two tortillas and served with a side of pico de gallo.

Kimchi Tots at Lucky Tiger Sandwich Co.

3654 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield
Kimchi and cheese—it’s irresistible. This time a pile of crispy tater tots is smothered with gooey cheese and topped with kimchi and sesame seeds.

Kimchi Fried Rice at Koriya

4121 S. Fremont Ave., Springfield
Fill up on kimchi stir fried with rice, Korean bulgogi beef and broccoli.

Kimchi Jigae at Golden Korean Restaurant

1406 W. Sunshine St., Suite A., Springfield
This Kimchi Jigae, a spicy kimchi soup, warms the soul. Choose a protein or keep it veg-friendly with tofu.

Kimchi Fries at Skully’s Ramen

1427 E. Cherry Street, Springfield
Triple-fried fries are topped with spicy kimchi mayo, queso fresca crunchy kimchi, green onion and cilantro.

Kimchi Falafel Tacos at The Wheelhouse

1845 E. Sunshine Street, Springfield
This is a triple threat: a blend of Korean, Middle Eastern and Mexican eats. It starts with a corn tortilla and ends with falafel and kimchi on top.