My favorite kimchi of all is probably the garlic stem (Manul Julgi), and of the ones I've tried I still can't find better than when I first sampled at HK Market in Los Angeles' Koreatown twenty some odd years ago.
a little sweeter than most I've tried but also the marinade spice paste
thicker and flavors well penetrated into the stems
(including those large garlic bulbs!). Since moving down to SD in 2000
I've tried most all the Korean markets in town
including the newly opened H Mart and was a no go. All either lacked
flavor (and leaning on sour), watery, the stems too mature and fibrous or all the above.
I had a chance to drop in the market again with my out-of-town friend last Winter after spending some time in Griffith Park Observatory. It was an odd hour so not very busy the time.
Garlic Stem Kimchi motherload!
There are many already prepackaged but I picked some up by weight. Too many others to document all...
Beef Kim Bap! Another of my also favorites.
seafood conveniently packaged for soup making. I think this would be a
great base for a Cioppino. Since we had plenty of day left before
returning back to SD, I stuck with just the kimchi purchase and headed out.
I love my garlic stem kimchi from HK Market. And it's what's been on my rice.
HK (Han Kook) Market, 124 N Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90004