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Kimchi, the Most Famous Food in Korea

Hyo Chol Kwak from Korea writes about the different kinds of kimchi that are popular in his country.

White kimchi from Korea
Photo: Hyo Chol Kwak
We can't think of eating a meal without kimchi. It is an essential food for us.

Regular kimchi from Korea
Photo: Hyo Chol Kwak
Each province has a different kind. Also, there are different kinds for each season.

 

The most famous food in Korea is kimchi. We can't think of eating a meal without kimchi. It is an essential food for us.

There are about 190 kinds of kimchi. Each province has a different kind. Some of the names used long ago for the original types of kimchi are chimchae, chinjangá, and chimjang.

Also, there are different kinds for each season. For example, in spring watery kimchi which we call mool kimchi, and Chinese cabbage are popular. In summer, young radish kimchi which we call chong kak kimchi and cucumber kimchi are common.

Whole cabbage kimchi called tong kimchi (I especially like this kind.) and radish kimchi called altari kimchi are common in autumn and winter.

The original kimchi was just made of cabbage and salty water, but today it includes many kinds of ingredients such as red pepper powder, salt, sugar, pickled fish juice, seasonings, and seaweed.


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