Costco Kimchi, Jongga Sliced Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Yes, Costco sells kimchi! I don’t usually buy kimchi, but when I do, I only get it at Costco. As you can see it’s on sale & is probably the cheapest you will find it. Scroll down for photos & you’ll see it’s on sale for $4.99. My favorite way to eat it is to throw it over a bed of rice with some BBQ’d chicken on top. It’s the perfect meal for me……..easy, cheap, tasty & from Costco! You can find this in the refrigerated section of Costco. My local Costco has a section with predominantly Asian foods & it can be found there. I usually see it year around, so it’s not something that is seasonal. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend you give it a shot for only $4.99. Here are a few more details about this Costco kimchi…………

  • Gluten Free, Keto Friendly, No MSG, Probiotic
  • Brand: Jongga (although the tag says Chongga, see photos)
  • 42.3 ounce of kimchi, that’s over 2.5 pounds of kimchi
  • Number 1 kimchi brand in Korea
  • Made in Korea
  • Contains Fish (anchovy) & shrimp for those with allergies
  • Made from sliced Napa Cabbage

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Costco Kimchi

If you’ve read my other posts, you know I always enjoy cheap & healthy meals. If you google kimchi health benefits you will find numerous claims including: lower cholesterol, healthy bacteria & probiotics, healthy skin & hair, weight loss, etc. I am also a big fan of the ingredients. You can pronounce almost every single one of them. I like knowing what I am eating. For those of you who like their homemade kimchi or are well versed with different brands of kimchi, I would like to know what you think of this brand. I’ve looked into making myself some homemade kimchi with plenty of online recipes, but for $4.99 I just can’t justify the time & effort to make something I thoroughly enjoy right out of the bottle. Now if you’re looking to have something delivered right to your door, check out these kimchi brands on Amazon……..

Price: $4.99 (on sale), $6.49 (regular), Item Number: 737160

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36 thoughts on “Costco Kimchi, Jongga Sliced Napa Cabbage Kimchi

  1. Too mild. The Kimchi needs is too mild. Kimchi has more of a hotter flavor. I’m thinking this is geared toward the American market.

    I added more Korean hot flakes to give it a boost.

    1. What’s nice about that is you can always change the flavor / heat profile by adding different types of hot sauces. Pepper flakes is always a good do to. I believe it’s mild to appeal to the masses. I am the masses because I can not take the heat. This is just right for me =). Thanks for stopping by

  2. First let me say that I have never been allergic to any food or medicine. I bought this Kimchi at Costco to add to my Instant Pho I also get there. Added it to the soup with some green onions and sliced beef. It was delicious, then, within 10 minutes my thought was tight. I started gagging and choking. This was followed up by throwing up for 10 minutes. It was all over within about an hour but I had these red blotches on my face that, now two weeks later, are almost gone. Taking it back today. Such a bummer. Was so glad to find this at Costco.

    1. Sorry to hear. That definitely does sound like an allergic reaction. Did you end up figuring out which ingredient you had a reaction to. Sometimes you can develop allergies, but I’m no doctor. Hopefully you get to the bottom of it to prevent it from happening again. Keep me updated if you can

    2. It contains shrimp so I would consider that and have some allergy testing done. Allergies can develop at any point in our lives.

  3. i just finished another bottle and you’re telling me it has anchovies. welp apparently i like anchovies

    1. I love anchovies. Whenever I make my homemade Caesar dressing I put in EXTRA anchovies. Sometimes I’ll even slice some over the salad. glad you enjoyed it & thanks for the comment

  4. I am a big fan of Kimchi and always buy this at HMart. A little bit pricey but the taste and quality is very superb. Then I heard that Costco sells it so I got one at a reduced price. Nice! But disappointment happen. The taste is too sour! Now I have a full container that is not eaten, even for my son who is so addicted to Kimchi won’t even touch it the 2nd time. Will just go back to HMart and will never go wrong.

    1. Good to know. A few people seemed to have said the same thing. I enjoy the sour taste, but I understand for the people who don’t. It seems to be a matter of preference. Glad you found a Kimchi you like & it’s readily available.

  5. While waiting for my second set of Michelin tires today, I roamed aimlessly about, ~ always finding something else I needed. Today it was Costco’s Korean kimchi. I truly enjoy kimchi and it is so hard to find a amicable blend of such for Westerners. Costco nailed it perfectly at a very reasonable price. Thank you.

    1. That is a habit of everyone’s! I think Costco does that on purpose so they sell you a set of tires & you walk inside & spend another $200! I’m glad you were able to find this Kimchi & that you enjoy it. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  6. A great way to utilize old sour kimchi is to make a stew.
    Put in a pot old kimchi, and add any one of the following- about third in quantity to kimchi:
    Sliced pork or beef
    Can of tuna
    Fish cakes
    Then add enough water to just cover everything, bring to boil and continue to cook about 20-30 minutes, add some chopped scallions cook 1-2 more minutes and serve with rice!

    1. Wow Mike! Thanks a lot for sharing that recipe. I’m going to keep that recipe close by next time I buy the Kimchi. It sounds like a quick, easy meal to use up the rest of the Kimchi. Thanks for sharing!

      1. Glad you found it helpful Amelia! Let me know if you end up trying Mike’s recipe & how it turns out. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Hello – just purchased this product at Costco yesterday for the first time. New to Kimchi. Really liked the texture, flavor and healthy benefits associated with the product. Here is my question: When I first opened the jar and ate a portion, it was delicious. Day #2, it now tastes different, more sour, bitter and less enjoyable. Is this common with Kimchi?

    1. Hi Lisa, I’m glad you enjoy the product. I kind of know what you mean with a different taste after opening, however that doesn’t really happen to me until I get to the bottom of the container which is about a week later. I don’t notice a difference on Day 2, but you may have. Any chance that it was left out? or maybe was contaminated with something else? Like I said, I never noticed it on Day 2

    2. Kimchi has live cultures and is constantly being fermented in the container. The more fermented it gets, the more sour it gets. It is not much different than the better sauerkraut that comes in a bottle.

      1. Thanks tbone! I never noticed much of a difference after a day or 2, but after 5-7 days I usually just tossed it because it was mostly gone. Speaking of the sauerkraut, that stuff is good too! Costco usually sells an organic brand that I haven’t bought in a while. Going to have to get that next time

        1. Some restaurants specializes in serving really old kimchi, not just a week after opening, but many months later, where the cabbage gets real soft and starts to look transparent, and much more sour. Sour just means more it is fermented by bacteria in an oxygen free environment, preventing pathogens requiring oxygen from forming. That soft wilted kimchi is an acquired taste, and even many koreans would not touch that, maybe they are spoiled by the unfermented stuff that comes from stores.

          1. I’m going to have to expand my taste buds and try some of this Kimchi you talk about. I do enjoy the sour taste so I’d like to try it. Thanks for the information tbone

    1. Sorry Teary. I don’t understand the comment. As far as the expiration goes, this will last a while unopened. You can see I posted this article on September 14, 2020 & the expiration wasn’t until January 23, 2021. That’s almost 4 months. I personally wouldn’t wait that long, but you can. Once you open it, I would recommend eating it within a week or 2. It just tastes better fresh. Hope that helps.

  8. I have been looking for great kimchi for a while. Nothing in my local store, nothing on Amazon, and viola! Finally, my Costco store has Chongga Kimchi Mat Kimchi, 42.3 oz for $7 !! I was so excited it was immediately put on my grocery list.

    I hope Costco continues to carry this product. I found it absolutely delicious and I put some in as many dishes as I can. Pasta, rice dishes especially, and makes a great addition to soups. Also, just a great side dish all by itself.

    1. Awesome! Glad to hear Migo. I love it when Costco finally carries something you’ve been looking for, because it’s always a GREAT price too! Glad you enjoy it

    2. I would really like to buy it! My local Costco doesn’t carry it. Store people say, never did! Lexington Kentucky has multiple Korean restaurants and the shouldn’t be the only place to get it

      1. Sorry to hear Greg! It really is good stuff right out of the jar. I’m sure they only stock this stuff where they think it will sell. I am located in the Bay Area, CA where it seems to be very popular. Maybe you could put a request in for the store to carry it

  9. Feeling tired and listless lately? Has the bottom fallen out of your world? Try Jongga Kimchi and wait 1 hour and 9 minutes and the World will fall out of your Bottom.
    (Lowest cost and most effective enema I have ever found!)

    1. Hilarious! Thanks Thomas. I’ll keep that in mind next time I go for that second serving of Kimchi! Thanks for the detailed description!

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