What is KIMCHI?

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Kimchi is one of the best food trends this days and it’s easy to look for it around. It has complex flavors that uses a variety of nutritious ingredients. Kimchi is originally from Korea and it is made of a wide array of vegetables, ginger, chili peppers, garlic, fish and salt. The mixing of the different ingredients makes it well preserved for winter season.

Common ingredients of kimchi are cabbage, radish, scallions and cucumber. Kimchi is a dish with a hundreds of recipes that varies depending on the season and region in which they were produced.

Kimchi’s main flavors are spicy, sour and umami. Its flavors will also depend on what the recipe is. Kimchi’s flavor also varies on the length of fermentation, the vegetables used and amount of salt and sugar.

In Korea, kimchi is served as a side dish or appetizer in all occasions. It is also served with their daily meals and used in a variety of dishes like Kimchi Jjigae, a traditional stew made with kimchi. Kimchi is also used as an ingredient to flavored fried rice, noodles, stir-fry, pizza and sandwiches

Kimchi is well known for its nutritional benefits. Because of its vegetable ingredients, it’s a dish rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals, and relatively low in calories. The good bacteria lactobacillus, which is commonly found in making a yogurt, is also found in kimchi. This bacteria helps on digestion keeping us healthy. Koreans roughly consume 40 pounds of kimchi per year. Their good health is greatly contributed by eating kimchi.

Kimchi’s popularity incredibly increased around the world and it can be seen in many grocery stores. It is commonly found in the refrigerated section while its regular price is about five dollars for a 16 oz. jar. It is also found at Asian markets, sushi bars and restaurants. Restaurants this days made their own kimchi and sell it for additional profits.

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