Our Story

The Korean Pantry is the brainchild of pastry chef turned Kimchi maker, Cindy Robert. 

After extensively travelling in South Korea and learning the art of kimchi from Kimchi master chefs and Korean mums, Cindy came back to London with the wish to share all that she learned.

She started to manage a Korean BBQ restaurant in North London where the head chef and herself taught many how to make kimchi and other Korean dishes like kimbap, tofu, jjigae and so on.

She travelled many times again to South Korea to deepen her understanding and knowledge of Korean cuisine, cooking with renowned South Korean chefs and food bloggers. But where she got the best tips and techniques were when she made kimjang with older Korean women, sharing techniques that only Mums with years of experience would know.

It’s that expertise and knowledge that Cindy will share with you via The Korean Pantry, whether it’s from eating her artisan kimchi, or coming to one of her cooking classes to know the secrets of authentic Korean food.

Our Kimchi

Fruit of 20 years of experimentations, The Korean Pantry kimchi is bursting with flavours thanks to our blend of authentic and high quality ingredients.

  • Gochugaru : We import our unique premium Korean chilli powder from the Yeong Yang region of South Korea known for its terroir and rich history of growing the best chillies in the country.
  • Solar sea salt : renowned for being naturally rich in minerals and having no bitter aftertaste, Korean solar sea salt is a key ingredient to proper kimchi. Trust us, this salt makes a huge difference in the taste and preservation of kimchi.
  • Vegetables : We source our high quality vegetables locally, most of them grown in the UK, less than 50 miles from our London kitchen.
  • Seafood : Traditionally, fermented seafood and/or anchovy sauce are used in kimchi. We chose to use only wild salted fermented shrimps in ours.

          Of course, our Vegan Kimchi is free of any seafood.

Naturally fermented without any preservatives or additives, The Korean Pantry Kimchi is unpasteurised, packed full of probiotics, prebiotics and vitamins to support your gut health, improve digestion, and boost your immune system. 

Fancy learning how to cook delicious Korean food at home?

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