Hi, my name is Atidthan Sangsawang– Pronounce Addy-tan –owner of Baechu Kimchi!
I came to Canada from Thailand when I was 14 and I have lived here ever since. I have to admit I was spoiled when I was in Thailand. I hardly ever cooked anything, but that changed when I came to Canada, I started to crave all the simple foods I used to have as a child. I started cooking on my own and that’s when my passion for food started. In grade 10, I expanded my cooking repertoire to other cuisines, and at the same time, the K-pop craze hit me hard. I started making Korean food, including my first Kimchi. It was barely salvageable.
8 years later, I was in my kitchen trying to make Kimchi again. I reached out to the most authentic source of Korean food recipes I could find – my high school friend Jiwoo. Over Facebook message, Jiwoo told me how her Korean mother makes Kimchi. I took note and start creating something of my own. I made a small batch of Kimchi as a Christmas gift. It was a big hit!
A year later, I presented my Kimchi to the Regina Farmers’ Market board members, and the rest is history!
Rachel is a musician turned entrepreneur. Rachel and Atidthan have been best friends since grade 10. One of their many shared interests is a passion for food – Atidthan loves cooking and Rachel loves eating. Bringing the discipline and motivation of a classical musician, Rachel is on a mission to bring Baechu Kimchi to Winnipeg, making it a true prairie brand.
A familiar face at the Regina Farmers’ Market. Bridgitte came from South Africa to Canada in 2016 and has been embracing the Canadian prairie life since. Her family owned a small farm in Meadow Lake, SK where she had two goats and three cats. Bridgitte is always in a good mood. You’ll feel uplifted just by talking to her. She is passionate about animals, and love being at the market as she used to help her family run a vegetable stall in South Africa. Bridgitte uses Baechu Kimchi in her keto diet journey.
Baechu Kimchi wouldn’t exist without the help of Jiwoo and her family. Thanks for the recipe! I named my business after your cat, so I hope we’re cool.
Todd and Yvonne Andrews
Thanks for keeping up with me for using your kitchen and basement to kick start this business.
Paul and Sam Vongkhamchanh
Thanks for all the good entrepreneurial advice and support! Thanks for letting me use your cooler to store kimchi.
Thanks for writing all the great articles for this website and being a great helper overall – lifting heavy boxes, driving us around, setting up market stall. Regan does it all!.
Baechu the Cat!
Our feline mascot for Baechu Kimchi. Baechu is playful. Too playful that he ended up in the neighbour’s balcony one time and needed to be rescued.