KBFD COLUMN by Jeff Chung
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Palama Supermarket, locally owned and operated by the Lim family, celebrates its 40th anniversary this month, and part of the festivities is the inaugural Hansung Kimchi Festival.
Kim chee grandmaster Kim Soon-ja was recognized by the South Korean government in 2007 and her line of kim chee will be available for taste and purchase at all three Palama Supermarket stores through Tuesday.
“Come taste truly authentic and delicious kim chee,” said second-generation store owner Daniel Lim.
This is your chance to try many commonly known kim chee and some not-so-common varieties, as at least nine will be featured at the festival along with many banchan (side dishes). Some of the choices: halved napa cabbage kim chee, radish kim chee, white kim chee, mustard kim chee, green onion kim chee and my favorite, mini bossam roll kim chee.
Hansung-brand kim chee is supplied to many hotels throughout South Korea, and Kim Soon-ja customizes her kim chee according to localized provincial tastes.
Unfortunately, she will not be able to attend this year but is looking forward to next year.