First of all, I fully realize that I could make my own, but at the end of the day I only have time to make x number of things, and kimchi's never managed to get enough priority.
So anyway, after my holiday binging, I've been eating a lot of probiotics – naturally kimchi came to mind. I bought some of the Restorative Foods brand from Whole Foods, and simply put: it's not kimchi. It's got a strong tartness, ginger and a decent spiciness, but absolutely no funk. I'd put it more in the category of Wildbrine's sauerkrauts that I've found at CM, of which the garlic/dill and madras curry/cauliflower are ridiculously good. I'll continue to enjoy it, but it's not filling the void.
What's your favorite brand of kimchi available in Austin stores? Organic and/or information about quality ingredients would be a plus, but I know that's often hard to tell when buying at an Asian market and the labeling is in Korean. Mainly concerned with flavor!