Kimchi Cult is one of the most prominent participants of Eat.St and lately Street Feast. The duo behind, Danny and Sarah lived in Korea for a few years, came back to London and decided to become traders of the Korean tastes they are since then addicted to. Basically, they serve a variety of burgers with kimchi.
I did a brief research on kimchi before I decided to head to the Cult. I assumed it was a red version of Sauerkraut with more vegs, apparently I was partially right. The second issue of Lucky Peach spared a few pages on kimchi, written by his majesty David Chang. Luckily I had the time to read all that before my visit. There are lots of variations of kimchi, could be either red or white, but the most common is paechu kimchi, the one that you will find in Kimchi Cult. Broadly, it is napa cabbage, garlic, ginger, scallions and carrots all fermented in soy sauce and fish sauce for two weeks. Bold!
I was almost sure it would not do any harm to have a kimchi burger for my breakfast. I mean anything savory can be a breakfast, who needs eggs and tea anyway?
The time that I arrived at Eat.St, the Kimchi mates were spreading the freshly made guacamole inside the buns and placing other ingredients on table. They asked me to wait for a while. Well I don’t mind waiting even for an hour as long as I know I’m going to be served. So I did. There were two items on the menu; Bulgogi Steak & Pulled Pork. Bulgogi Steak is Korean steak strips marinated in bulgogi marinade, which is mainly soy sauce, sake, garlic, scallions and sesame seeds. I know, that sounds quite tasty, but the curious can blame Pitt Cue Co for transforming me into a gluttonous monster the previous night after having a holy tray of heavenly pulled pork and still having dreams about it. That’s why I ordered the Pulled Pork and I’m in no regret.
It was truly a mouthwatering couple of minutes watching the burgers being prepared. A juicy bulk of Kimchi and a the pulled pork get broiled sizzlingly next to each other over the griddle. Even the sizzle sounds tell you how tasty that is. Then they both get stuffed in the buns topped with cheddar cheese and jalapeños and then go right in to the toaster. Sizzle again.
What comes out of the toaster is a hot, spicy, juicy and crusty burger which gets vanished in seconds.
The jalapeños are well-balanced with the smooth guacamole, the juice and the melted cheddar fills your mouth, and the kimchi is exceptionally appetizing. In each bite, you get the both soggy and crusty bread; and the juicy kimchi & pulled pork combo. The level of spiciness is ideal, the harmony of the ingredients is almost perfect; sweet, sour, spicy, juicy and crusty, all at the same time.
There’s nothing much to tell, really, you need to go and try. I bet it’s not like anything you ever had before.
Rating: 9 / 10