Kimchi Cult, Glasgow

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Go on in.

Get your hands down to the ground, worship the almighty stained glass cabbage.

Don’t worry, Kimchi Cult is safe to join and the benefits… Delicious fresh food, homemade kimchi and the crispiest fried chicken in town. 

So, why wouldn’t you want to join in on the fun?

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Kimchi = fermented cabbage. It’s been all the rage for a while but I wondered how excited could I possibly get about cabbage… I already love sauerkraut, do I have room in my life to love another?

Yes. 

This kimchi has multiple flavor senses going on – sour, spicy and a satisfying crunch. It’s light in texture and taste, with a little afterthought of heat due to the red chillies.

I have been into Kimchi Cult a few times now and I’ve never been disappointed. When you walk in, you’ll be lucky if one of four tables is available, but if you get a seat it might just be your lucky day. 

A small, but very efficient menu is offered doing what Kimchi Cult states is ‘punk riffs on Korean classics’. 

Bibimbap is served cold or hot in a traditional stone bowl. Anytime I’ve been in the staff always ask if you’ve eaten bibimbap before and if you say no, they will tell you to break the egg yolk and stir everything about. The bibimbap feels fresh, the veg was thin and crunchy. I double checked with my personal Korean food expert and apparently it looks on the authentic side. 

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Flavor wise it is relatively healthy and tastes that way…If I was eating it in the house though I would add more sriracha and probably tablespoons of soy sauce. But I am addicted to Kikkoman. 

I tried the bulgogi bibimbap and I’ve had the same meat in tiny bao buns. As you know I am obsessed with bao lately, and KC’s bao is a good shout. The bao dough was heavier than some others I’ve had around Glasgow, but the beef is really tender and well-spiced (but not spicy).  It definitely has the fall-apart factor.

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Oh, and these kimcheese fries.

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So, by personal preference I’m not mad keen on cheese fries. It really seems like I should be, but if I was – these would be a staple in my diet. The fries at KC were far superior to what I was thinking . They were cut fresh, a bit of skin on the potato, and plenty of salt. I really enjoyed them… so next time I’ll might skip the cheese and ask for double kimchi. 

And the best for last… Fried Chicken!

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I know I love a lot of things and I’m always on about missing things from Texas but… damn, the fried chicken at Kimchi Cult takes me back to the south. If the south used gochujang or soy instead of gravy. 

The chicken is so crisp and comes out pipping hot and juicy. So hot, that I usually stab it with a few chopsticks to cool it down.  The crunch from the chicken skin is by far the best part- great breading and both the sauces are excellent, but not overpowering. I can’t actually decide which I prefer: sweet or slightly spicy. Order both, I’m pretty sure there is no obligation to share.

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The fried chicken is definitely my favorite part of the menu… but, I’ve yet to try the bulgogi fries.

I just wanted to add that there seems to be a lot of love and care into KC’s service and brand. The staff is always working away in the kitchen but always welcome customers with a ‘hello’ and come across as very attentive, even though it’s not a restaurant atmosphere. 

***Note if you dine-in there is no toilet! But… there’s always Deliveroo***

KC is fun on the social media front as well, often reaching out to their customers and showing sneak peeks of prep work.

I’m just a little in love with their look. Full-on B movie font, the kitsch style of the painted walk-in walls and multiple homages to the cabbage. 

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It’s all good budget-friendly fun! And of course, tasty. 

But, because there is alway one…

My KC wishlist:

1. Push the limits with the spice factor – I need more!
2. KIMCHI BULGOGI TACOS
3. Chicken wings – chicken thighs are so messy to eat with others are watching, eep!

So, Kimchi Cult thanks for moving from the streets of London to set up a tiny little hotbox in Partick. 

It’s been one year since the move and they are celebrating with a £1 kimchi hot dog party on August 18th. Sounds like my kind of party!

xx

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