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  • ^- Hi, Mom.

  • ^- Hi, Mom.

  • (laughing)

  • Brandon!

  • (playful music)

  • - Hi, I'm Michelle.

  • - I'm Brandon.

  • - Today, we're going to be making kimchi

  • for the very first time.

  • - [Brandon] Kimchi is a traditional Korean side dish,

  • made from fermented vegetables and a bunch of spice.

  • - It's like the foundation of Korean food.

  • - It's a very pungent dish.

  • - You can eat it with like any meal.

  • - I never thought I really had the skills to make it.

  • - Watching my mom do it,

  • it just looked like a lot of physical labor.

  • - So this time my mom is the one teaching us

  • how to make kimchi.

  • - I've actually met Brandon's mom.

  • She's just the nicest person ever.

  • - I'm super nervous.

  • She'll probably embarrass me.

  • - Brandon!

  • Brandon!

  • It's too big.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • (laughing)

  • - First time kimchi making, let's do it.

  • - My name is, I am Brandon's mom.

  • I'm very exciting today.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Brandon and Michelle, are you today ready?

  • - Yeah, sure.

  • - As ready as I'll ever be.

  • - This morning we actually did the first step already.

  • It was a lot of salt and water and soaking the cabbages in.

  • ^- [Producer] It was the first time you did it, right?

  • - I didn't do it, my mom did it.

  • ^I just watched, visual learner.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • (laughing)

  • ^- Thanks mom.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Sweet rice flour.

  • - [Michelle] I didn't realize we

  • had to use flour to make kimchi.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • ^(laughing)

  • - Fellas, I'm ready.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Try, Brandon.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Here your finger, here.

  • - Okay, I got it.

  • That's a bad knife.

  • - No, very good.

  • - [Michelle] Oh my God.

  • - Brandon, power.

  • Ooh, too big.

  • Okay, stop.

  • Michelle.

  • - It's harder than you think.

  • - Is this how skinny is should be?

  • - Brandon.

  • (laughing)

  • - Good job, Brandon.

  • - Weren't you a food writer?

  • - Shh.

  • - Brandon, C.

  • (laughing)

  • - Michelle, B.

  • - Oh, I feel when you're a parent,

  • you get better cooking skills.

  • Like kimchi pad-awon.

  • - Yeah.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - I think I'd be better at this.

  • Oh no, nevermind.

  • ^(laughing)

  • - There's nothing sweeter than the approval of a Korean mom.

  • - I've been trying for the approval, 22 years.

  • - This one is just option.

  • - Michelle's bad too.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - She like scrapes with her knife off her palm.

  • - I know.

  • - I like it.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Grinding it?

  • Grating not grinding.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - I could do this.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - [Michelle] I love ginger.

  • ^- Can I do it?

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Brandon, you try.

  • - Ooh, yeah, I'm good at this.

  • Is it A?

  • - Yeah, A plus.

  • - Now that we grated up all the onions, ginger, and pear,

  • ^we just put it into our original base.

  • ^- Literally every Korean mom has one of these.

  • (speaking foreign language)

  • - How much?

  • - Hmm, I don't know.

  • (laughing)

  • - OG kimchi is when you just eye it, and you just know.

  • - It's like mini salted shrimp.

  • - Yeah.

  • - It smells like the fish part of the market.

  • - [Michelle] This looks way thicker

  • than I thought kimchi was.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - I would buy a squeeze bottle of this.

  • - This is legit.

  • You know because we have gloves on.

  • - [Michelle] Yes.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - You have to rub it in while mixing it?

  • - Yeah.

  • - It's like fun cause you get really hands on.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • Thank you.

  • - I feel like they've gotten closer.

  • (laughing)

  • And I feel really awkward being here.

  • ^- I think we're going to go shopping later without you.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - Mm.

  • - Good?

  • - Mm-hmm.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - My mind is blown.

  • I didn't know it was so deliberate.

  • - I thought the cabbage gets thrown in,

  • and you just mixed it around.

  • ^- Yeah!

  • ^Wow, honestly I did not know this is how it worked.

  • ^(speaking foreign languague)

  • - Inside, okay.

  • ^- This is our kimchi container, just to first to one.

  • ^- Start from the back, take one layer.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • (laughing)

  • - Alright, here we go.

  • Throw it on there.

  • - Brandon.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - It'll be more tender now.

  • Seeing how complicated this is, seeing how long it takes,

  • makes you appreciate all the mom's out there making kimchi.

  • - Don't push it.

  • - Okay (laughs).

  • - It's your baby, your kimchi baby.

  • - [Brandon] Gotta be gentle, just a baby.

  • ^And there we go.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • Last one.

  • - [Michelle] Kimchi for days.

  • Oh my God, I'm so excited, it's so beautiful.

  • I could eat this whole thing.

  • - This is traditional OG kimchi.

  • (laughing)

  • - This is really good.

  • ^- It's the love, you taste the love.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - I actually feel like I leveled up as a Korean.

  • I'm definitely going to KaKaoTalk my mom,

  • tell her some cheesy thank you

  • ^for doing this for so many years.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • - To actually make it definitely really special.

  • ^(speaking foreign language)

  • ^(calming music)

  • ^(laughing)

  • - She forgot an ingredient.

  • - [Off Camera Woman] What is that?

  • - [Brandon] Just garlic.

^- Hi, Mom.