Kimchi Club is a unique plant-based Korean food brand that is perfectly made for Australians. Unlike most kimchi, all of our products are completely vegan. We create our products with great care, making by hand in small batches using premium organic produce and traditional Korean wild fermentation techniques. Our recipes are authentic and adapted for Australian palettes – clean flavours that are easy to introduce to newcomers and less adventurous eaters – including non-spicy varieties that are perfect for children.
Kimchi Club was born from our founder Minka Park’s love of sharing Korean food and culture. Minka is a Korean Australian who moved from her native Seoul to Adelaide in the year 2000. Growing up Minka was always a big helper in the kitchen, helping her mum and aunties with family food events, making a great variety of Korean food but especially kimchi. Her memories of making hundreds of kimchi with family and neighbours during Kim-jang (김장철), the annual kimchi festival season, are a special recollection she has always treasured.
After she moved to Australia Minka studied Le Cordon Bleu cookery and hotel management, immersing herself in Australian culture and food from around the world but she still enjoyed making delicious seasonal kimchi and other Korean dishes for her family’s pleasure and gut health, regularly sharing these with friends and neighbours too. Over time she adapted kimchi recipes for vegan friends and for less adventurous eaters, bringing Korean food and culture to many people around her for the first time.
When Minka was volunteering teaching Korean to young Korean Australian children, she met other migrant Korean mums and discovered that they found it challenging to find work with English as a second language. She empathised with this having lived through it when she first arrived and so decided to create Kimchi Club to share Korean food and culture with all Australians and to provide work opportunities to Korean women.
Today you can buy our premium Kimchi and wild fermented Korean condiments at 50 locations across South Australia.
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