Is your kimchee fresh or sour?

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One of the things I miss about being away from home is my momma's cooking ... of Korean food. Cho Won Garden Korean Barbeque & Cuisine (2501 Crown Point Executive Drive) opened up not too long ago, but I'm kind of picky when it comes to kimchee, the staple dish in the Korean diet (pickled cabbage with hot stuff on it). If the kimchee's off, then the whole meal is all wrong for me. I prefer fresh kimchee; a lot of folks like it sour and aged. Yuck.

If you've never had Korean food, I strongly urge you to try it. Most of the places I've been to do a community-style meal, where you order one main dish, like kalbi (short ribs), with white rice and you share the side dishes (such as kimchee, bean sprouts, anchovies, pickled seaweed, etc.) My favorite places are the ones that give you a piece of fruit at the end of the meal to help freshen your breath (because let me tell you, kimchee breath is the worst). Also, FYI, be on the lookout for pieces of red pepper caught in your teeth.

Sigh. I suppose I should give Cho Won Garden a try ... that, or just make the 3-hour drive to Georgia to see my momma. If you've been to Cho Won Garden, let me know how it is.

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