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Assortment of goods at Onggi
Let's get wild

For all your fermentation needs

An everyday fermentation shop & food counter in Portland, Maine. All are welcome.

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cathartic cookies, jangs of jubilee, magnificent misos, juicy jams, vivacious vinegars, sultry soy sauces, funkalicious fish sauces, hawt hot sauces, tasty tamaris, kindred kojis, silky sourdough, kool kefirs, awesome achars, saweet sauerkrauts, knockout kvass, puckering preserved lemons, krisp kimchis, captivating chocolates, naughty nattos, coffee is coffee, terrific teas, 

Onggi is a neighborhood spot to explore ferments and foods. We've got cultures, recipes, and stories to inspire the everyday.

The shop carries everything you'll need to start your next ferment. Plus the most delicious small-batch ferments from our favorite (and mostly local) makers.

The food counter features a fermentation-forward menu of snacks, showcasing fun and familiar ways to enjoy our favorite ferments.

Fermentation products from local makers
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Our shop & food counter

We’re here for ya, Portland. Come say hi and grab a tasty treat from our food counter during our regular open hours.

Open hours
Wed - Sat: 10AM - 6PM
Sun: 10AM - 4PM

93 Washington Ave, Unit 5
Portland, ME 04101
(We’re the shop with “Onggi” all over it.)

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The food counter

Featuring a ferment-forward menu, we've got coffee and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Current menu
• Brown sugar milk iced coffee
• Chai Wallahs of Maine iced chai
• Vinegar shrub sodas
• Hot coffee and teas
• Sourdough chocolate chip cookies
• Kimchi hand pies
• Miso scallion scones

Sourdough chocolate chip cookies

Community Supported Ferments (CSF)

Every month, we put together a share of four ferments to tantalize your tastebuds. These ferments are made by local makers in limited small-run batches, inspired by seasonal splendor of Maine.

Shares are $40 each and you can join the CSF by DMing us on Instagram or emaling us directly at hello@onggi.com.

Thanks for joining us in supporting local makers and the enjoyment of the cultures of fermentation!

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Onggi Community Supported Ferments

Fri, 10/1 @ 5PM

ART WALK

First Fridays at The Black Box

The Portland Art Walk continues on First Fridays at The Black Box!

Join us and our friendly neighbz for a variety of art, live music, and snacks. We'll be hosting artwork from Rachel Sperry of DIIG Editions and long-fermented pizzas from Quanto Basta!

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Quanto Basta

Wed, 10/6 @ 7PM

WEBINAR

Sandor Katz with Onggi

Sandor Katz will be joining us over Zoom to go over his latest book and musings on all things fermented! Join (FREE) to hear more about Sandor's new book, Fermentation Journeys, followed-up with a Q&A session.

Sandor needs no introduction - he's a fermentation revivalist stirring up much of the fermenty fervor here in the states. His other books Wild Fermentation and Art of Fermentation are absolute staples in any home cook's library.

You'll be able to reserve a copy of his new book with us too (limited signed copies available). RSVP below on Eventbrite to attend!

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Sandor Katz Fermentation Journeys

Wed, 10/13 @ 7PM

CLASS

Gochujang Class with Irene Yoo of Yooeating

We're thrilled to announce we'll be hosting Irene Yoo as she teaches a class on making the beloved fermented Korean chili paste: gochujang!

Join us over Zoom to learn about the magic of meju and Korean peppers. We'll be making a quick and easy gochujang, as well as a seasonal summery strawberry gochujang recipe!

You have probably seen Irene on Instagram (instagram.com/yooeating) or on Youtube (youtube.com/yooeating). We can't wait to see what she'll have for us in this class!

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Gochujang class with Irene Yoo of Yooeating

What's an onggi?

We’re named after the ubiquitous Korean fermentation vessel found in nearly every home called onggi [pronounced “ŌHNG-ghee”].

Onggi (옹기) pots carry a rich yet humble history, perfected over generations of craftsmanship using natural materials and thoughtful work. They are famous for their fermentation-friendly properties and the foods they carry are the foundation of everyday life.

Photo of onggi jars by Adam Field, a maker of beautiful onggi based in Helena, Montana.

Onggi by Adam Field