KimChi Korean Food – Valencia

Nestled in the back of a small shopping center on Cinema Dr. hidden from view of the swarms of Trader Joe’s shoppers is a true treasure of a restaurant. KimChi has been in business since 2006 catering mostly to Santa Clarita’s Korean community and a few very hip people in the know. I honestly never even noticed the place until about a month ago. I first spoke with the restaurant owner’s husband who was sitting outside, and he insisted I speak with some of their customers about vegan options. As it turns out, there was a couple there who are both physicians and eat a diet very close to ours. Everyone was so helpful, going over the menu with me and explaining the ingredients and how the various dishes are prepared. Convinced, I promised to come back and do a full SCVegan review.

Bean Sprouts, Raddish, Royal Fern, Carrots, Spinach, Mushroom, Lettuce, Seaweed and Sesame oil.

Bean Sprouts, Raddish, Royal Fern, Carrots, Spinach, Mushroom, Lettuce, Seaweed and Sesame oil. Served with rice/sweet rice blend.

I ordered the Bibimbob (with no egg): Nine kinds of vegetables with a spicy sauce. The meal comes with a few side dishes, which I am told change all the time. On this day they had a bean sprout dish, seaweed salad and a radish-cucumber dish with vinegar. Also served with a small salad topped with their homemade dressing made from fruit, soy sauce, sesame oil, water and Equal. Also included is a bowl of seaweed soup, very tasty.

The dish is served with rice, which is a combination of short grain rice and sweet rice; absolutely delicious. I mixed the bowl of rice in with the Bibimbob and some of the spicy sauce. Amazing! I honestly have not been to a restaurant where the vegetables tasted fresher. This was my first real experience with Korean cuisine and I was completely satisfied with the portion size and delighted by the taste of the meal. The owner is really nice, and I felt like I was having dinner at her home. My whole meal was just $9.99 so not only is the food delicious but the prices are very reasonable.

I was told that there are other vegan options; “Jobchae” (sweet potato noodles) stir fried in sweet soy sauce. Also, the “Spicy Rice Cake Strings” – Stirfried rice cakes and vegetables with spicy sauce (order without fishcakes).

The above dish is something they thought I might like to try. I don’t remember what it is called but it is made from Mung bean powder, fresh spinach and a little bit of salt, topped with soy sauce, scallions, sesame seeds and a little bit of chili. The texture reminds me of silken tofu and the flavor is only what you top it with. Served cold, a nice end to a meal that cleanses the palate.

The food here just makes you feel good about what you’re eating. Fresh and healthy with outstanding flavor makes KimChi a must try for Vegans in Santa Clarita. Just let the people know you wish to avoid all animal ingredients and they will take care of you.

KimChi Korean Restaurant is located at:

23460 Cinema Dr. #B
Valencia, CA 91355
(661) 799-6944

Near Trader Joe’s

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Souplantation 8/18 – 8/29

Souplantation of Valencia will have some great vegan offerings for the rest of the month. At the salad bar look for the Baja Bean and Cilantro, Roasted Potato w/ Chipotle Chile Vinaigrette, and the Spicy Southwestern Pasta.

The soup bar has the Santa Fe Black Bean Chili and the brand new Sweet Tomato Onion which I tried on Saturday and enjoyed. So, there you go FIVE vegan items at the SCV-Splaytion to go check out.

Whole Foods: Vegan Barbeque Pizza

Vegan BBQ Pizza at Whole Foods Valencia

Vegan BBQ Pizza at Whole Foods Valencia

Saw this new item at Whole Foods the other day; Vegan Barbeque Pizza. Free samples were available but the pizza was sold out for the day. This is pretty cool in that they’re offering more vegan pizza choices, and that they’re selling out of the vegan items during lunch time. Our Valencia Whole Foods is getting hipper all the time, and in turn so is Santa Clarita.