Putting Kimchi in Your Grilled Cheese Might Be the Best Idea Ever

This ain't your grandma's grilled cheese.

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Jan 15 2017, 7:00pm

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Photo by Farideh Sadeghin.

Kimchi is amazing on its own, but it's also one of the few things that makes nearly everything better—like MSG or bacon. This spicy, funky, fermented cabbage can be the secret ingredient that takes your (fill-in-the-blank) to the next level.

Deuki Hong, co-author of Koreatown: A Cookbook filled in the blank with grilled cheese. Hong doesn't just throw a handful of kimchi between two slices of Wonder Bread and Kraft singles and call it a day (though we're sure that would also be delicious).

His version more closely resembles something you found at a fancy-pants LA food truck and were too lazy to make at home—but this little guy is way easier to make than it looks. The hardest part is trying to eat just one.

RECIPE: Kimchi Grilled Cheese

Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam cheese, nori seaweed, Granny Smith apple, and kimchi are piled high between two halves of a Hawaiian roll brushed in gochujang mayo. Now, we won't say this is the best grilled cheese you'll ever taste, because that honor will always and forever belong to the one Grandma used to make you while you were home sick from school. But it's not far behind.