^- 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.