fruit vinegar and seawood soup?

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    Lorenzo
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    When I was in Seoul I was served the most refreshing cold soup that was fruit vinegar-based (not apple but probably more like blackberry or maybe pomegranate). So it was a clear soup with some seaweed. I want to replicate this soup here at home in the US, but I haven’t had luck searching the Internet using English terms. I am a long-time reader of your site but just subscribed now to post this question. At H-Mart I can find fruit vinegars, but I don’t know what to buy. Some are labeled “for drinking,” but for all I know that is what I need. I hope you can offer some guidance. Thank you.

    #68680

    sanne
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    Are you sure that it wasn’t the diluted liquid from dongchimi?

    Bye, Sanne.

    #68700

    Lorenzo
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    @sanne, I had to look up dongchimi. What I ate was light purple in color. I cannot say for sure the sour flavor was from vinegar, though. The flavor seemed slightly sweet, too, though perhaps that is a trick the mind plays when one thinks there is fruit involved.

    #68702

    sanne
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    @lorenzo,
    Sounds like kat mul kimchi to me (watery kimchi made with kat); there are varieties that color the liquid in a way you described.
    Same here: the diluted liquid is drunken as a beverage.

    #68714

    Dan
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    About two years ago we were at the H-Mart and got into a conversation with a Korean grandfather who was behind us in line and he was, I think, describing something similar to what you’re looking for. He had about four boxes of differently flavored fruit-flavored vinegars and said they were explicitly for drinking like a beverage. I would call your local Korean market and if you have no luck then maybe Maangchi can help or you can get in touch with a large retailer like H-Mart and you can order it online or over the phone. I have always wondered about it myself, too, because I never did see it on offer again afterward. Good luck!

    #68723

    Lorenzo
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    I think @sanne‘s answer that it was probably based on kat mul kimchi is more plausible than my original impression of it being fruit vinegar. If the liquid had been cloudy or flavorful–there was absolutely no red pepper (gochu), garlic or any other detectable flavor or particles in it–I might have thought of kimchi or at least something fermented, but it was so transparent I was immediately reminded of vinegar. When I later saw the fruit vinegars at H-Mart, I leapt to what may be an incorrect conclusion.

    If there is a recipe that is likely to reproduce what I ate–whether based on colored kat mul kimchi liquid or something else–I would love to experiment with it.

    #68874

    Could it have been this? http://www.hmart.com/pickled-komchwi/

    #69925

    BurgerGirl
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    I’m not sure if I can guide correctly.
    I think this is what you said (fruit vinegar).

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hong+cho

    If it’s correct, you can buy any of them, and dilute with water.
    Then you can use it as soup base, add seaweed and drop of sesame oil and sesame seed.

    I hope it will help you, even it’s been a while ago.

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