CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Kitchen, the company behind the popular “Cleveland Kraut” brand of sauerkraut, will add kimchi to its lineup of fermented food products.
According to a press release, the new “Cleveland Classic Kimchi” was developed with the help of chef Heejung Gumbs, a recipe developer and chef at Korea House Restaurant, located at 3700 Superior Avenue.
“Our family has had a strong relationship with the founders of Cleveland Kitchen for over a decade and I was immensely excited when they asked to work together on this special project,” Gumbs said in a press release. “Kimchi is a true treasure of Korean cuisine. Working with Cleveland Kitchen and being able to share my community’s healthy and tasty culinary staple in America has been a very fun and rewarding experience.”
Drew and Mac Anderson, the owners and founders of Cleveland Kitchen, were drawn to creating their own kimchi brand after getting requests from customers for years. The brothers also grew up enjoying the dish, which their grandmother often made for their family.
”Our team is looking forward to presenting our version of kimchi to consumers as we were introduced to the dish at a very young age by our grandmother who loved to share the flavorful cuisines of the region with our family,” Drew, the Cleveland Kitchen co-founder and CEO, said in a press release. “Our hope for this spicy, fresh and authentic interpretation is to offer another entry point into gourmet fermented foods to those who are curious about the unmatched flavor and health benefits they provide.”
Kimchi, the national dish of both North and South Korea, is created by fermenting cabbage, garlic, carrots and onions with salt and gochugaru, a type of chili powder. The dish is known for its health properties and its unique flavor, and it’s often used to top soups, rice dishes, sandwiches and stews.
The new product will be available to buy in Sprouts stores nationwide. Locally, will be available in Fresh Thyme Markets, which has three locations in Northeast Ohio in Westlake, Mayfield Heights and North Canton.
The kimchi is also available for order from Cleveland Kitchen’s website in four packs, priced at $5.99 each, for a total of $23.95 per order.
You can find more information about Cleveland Kitchen and Cleveland Kimchi at clevelandkitchen.com.
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated to clarify that the product will be available in Fresh Thyme stores.