I recently had the opportunity to try some of Pablo Kim’s Chimichurri. I’ve seen his posts around on social media and it piqued some curiosity, making me wish that I was real life friends with Pablo.
|Needs some chimi!|
If I was, I’m sure he would have been happy to let me get a taste of his chimi and maybe even share a jar or two (if he was in a generous mood), perhaps even introduce me to some legit Argentinean food to go with them. I’ve been wanting to try some delicious Argentinean food around town, and he’d be the go-to guy for Argentinean food related matters. Yep, it would have been nice to have a friend like that.
And then one day, out of the blue, I got a message from Pablo, asking if I’d like to try some of his chimi and then share about my experience. I was like, who?? Moi? I am no expert of chimichurris or have too much familiarity with the flavor profiles of such…. I mean, sure, I’ve had my share of chimis, but I am, by far, the last person to be considered qualified to be a critique of chimichurris. All I can do is share my experience and tell you my personal opinion in laymen’s terms.
I asked if Pablo if he could ship it to me. But at the moment, he said that he only hand-delivers until he finds a way to preserve the fresh flavors. He wants the customers to experience both the freshly made chimi, and then the aged chimi, days later. He noted that chimi behaves similarly as kimchi in a way.
Fortunately, Pablo lives nearby. But I was also pretty busy that week. So I sent my messenger, SS, to go pick it up. I promised SS one home-cooked dinner (using the chimi) and also treat him to one dinner out, all for just going down the street and picking up the chimis. Of course, he agreed to go. I sent SS a picture of Pablo so that he can spot him at the location of their meeting.
SS returned with three jars from Pablo, -Original, Medium, and Spicy.
The Spicy is my favorite. The ingredients for all three lists the same basic ingredients. But I guess for the spicy one, he uses more or spicier chili flakes?
The chimis seem to taste better with age, the flavors more developed and pronounced. The first items I tried the chimis with were Chicken McNuggets and fries. It was after a long night at work and I was starving (what else is new, right?) and wanted something to try the chimis with. I usually eat rice (and whatever banchan) after work. But personally, chimi with rice is not for me (though Pablo mentioned that he’s seen some Koreans have chimi with rice…weird). It was late, I was tired, I was lazy, I had nothing in my fridge at the time to go with chimi, so I opted for the Chicken McNugget meal. It was an interesting way to amp up the Chicken McNugget combo.
But when I really started appreciating the chimis were when I had them with sautéd potatoes (then later bread).For the dinner I was making for SS, I decided to make steak.Instead of using any alternative for sauce, I used the chimis. I had sautéd potatoes as one of the sides. I think this is when I really started acquiring the taste for Pablo’s chimi.
Later that week while I was at work, I toasted up some baguette slices to try with the chimi (I took the Medium one).
I shared a little bit with co-workers. They all thought it was “pretty good”. So the final verdict is…my favorite item to have chimi with is bread. Oh, and I also shared my chimi experience with fellow foodie, Miss Piggie, and she loved it too. She is a major bread lover (and says she eats bread every day) and loves the chimis best on bread too. Pablo, himself, also said bread is his favorite item to enjoy the chimis with.
Writing this post made me crave Pablo’s chimi. So I just couldn’t resist finding something to eat it with. It’s NOT even my cheat day. But earlier, I had a bite of a slice of a Costco pizza. And I put some Sriracha on it at the time. Just one bite at the time…I didn’t want to get too crazy on a non-cheat day. Later, as I started getting into writing this post and craving chimi, I decided to put some on my unfinished pizza slice (the spicy one, of course). I ended up finishing the slice (ON A NON-CHEAT DAY).
If you want some of Pablo’s chimi in your life, you can find more info at More Chimichurri.
Disclaimer: the purdier photo shots were from Pablo. I am sure it’s not hard to tell which…lol.