All the Boys Wanna Eat My Kimchi: Cooking with Seoul Kimchi Academy

Annyeong Haseyo! Discovering the local foods is a major part of what I love about travel and since my first cooking class in Bologna this Easter, I have a new found love of learning new dishes through cooking classes.

If you know anything about Korean food, you will probably know that kimchi (fermented, pickled vegetables) is a major part of the cuisine. There are over 180 different types of kimchi and serving a meal without it is almost sacrilege.

I know it sounds stinky, trust me I get your apprehension. When I first came to Korea a year ago, I warily picked up a slither of it with my chopsticks, bought it up to my eye for closer inspection and twirled it around as though I had made a fascinating new discovery. To my surprise, I actually really enjoyed kimchi and now I get a sad twinge of excitement every time I go to a restaurant and discover a new type of kimchi.

Naturally, when my friend suggested a place where we could try making kimchi I was pretty excited so we tottered off to Myeongdong to visit The Seoul Kimchi Academy.


We made two types of kimci – a radish kimchi, and the Chinese cabbage kimchi that you often see served at Korean restaurants. ย The kimchi was actually surprisingly straightforward to make and I’ve replicated the recipe myself since.

I feel I’m on my way to becoming an honorary Korean now…. I have bags of kimchi fermenting in my kitchenย and bowls of cabbage soaking in salt ready for the next batch on the floor by my dining table…. It’s not very sexy if I start dating someone though is it?

“Whooops! Watch your head dear – don’t hit your head on the fermented cabbage bags”

“Ahh! Mind you don’t trip over the bowls of salty cabbage Babe, I need those for making kimchi!”

IMG_1054Jokes aside, the class was a really fun experience. At 35,000 Won for one hour I would say that it is a little expensive for what you are getting, but we had so much fun, met some lovely people, and the lady that runs the academy is so sweet. I’m definitely pleased that I went along and got to have this experience.

Have you taken any cooking classes in Korea or elsewhere? How did you find them?

IMG_1060Disclaimer: As always, High Heels & A Backpack believes in total transparency when it comes to writing reviews. It is in no way affiliated with The Seoul Kimchi Academy and received no discount for the class. All views are my own and I did not make the School aware that I was a Blogger in attendance.ย 

  1. Wow! That Kimxhi looks yum and because its with cabbage, I would really want to try it. Your pictures are beautiful and you look like a Barbie doll in them. Lovely post and when I am in South Korea, I will definitely try the cabbage Kimchi. Thanks for sharing such a lovely post with a yum dish ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. I’ve never taken a cooking class but am dying to do it! This is the perfect kind of cooking classes in Seoul I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Not sure about kimchi for me, but glad that you got to experience this!

  3. I simply LOVE south korea for being so up-beat, fun, and colorful! I never thought of trying to make Kimchi, thought. That is an awesome idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Loved the post! I am huuuuge fan of kimchi and I would definitely enjoy this class! I laughed pretty hard with the dating and kimchi thing! LOL!

  5. I also find that discovering local food is one of the best ways to get to know a new country. Never had Korean food, but I might be looking for a Korean restaurant in the neighbourhood after reading your post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I LOVE Korean food, and would have loved this experience. I’ll 100% do this when I visit soon. I’m the same as you, I don’t eat seafood (vegetarian), so it’s great that I could enjoy their national dish without any animal products, as in Asia fish sauce is like a staple for many dishes, so I’ve gotta be careful and in most cases it’s probably best for me to make my own lol! Hope you had a great time!

  7. Im glad I came across your blog. Though ill be traveling to Korea by end Q1 next year, but Im on the process of listing things I might want to try and experience while being there. Have read your article on Female solo traveler in Korea as well and it gave me the confidence I’ll be needing for my first solo trip in Korea. I really cant wait to explore what the place has to offer.

    Thank you so much and cheers ๐Ÿปto more travels and blogs for your!

    Lyra, Philippines ๐Ÿ˜Š

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