Thursday, February 08, 2007

Kimchee - Dangerously Healthy Food :-)

In Korea do as the Koreans do. Well, being a vegetarian, the best I could do to emulate the Korean lifestyle was to try out their dish, Kimchee. Kimchee, also spelled gimchi or kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables seasoned with chili peppers and salt.

So famous has this dish become over the years that
  • English has borrowed the word 'KimChi' from this dish. The phrase "in deep kimchi" is sometimes used to describe a person in a perilous situation.
  • It is served as a mandatory dish in Korean Airlines and Asiana airways, the two official international airways of the Republic of Korea.
The basic ingredient is usually a variety of Chinese cabbage called napa cabbage and/or white radish, seasoned with chili pepper, garlic, scallion, ginger, salt, and sugar. Though there are hundreds of variations, most types of kimchi tend to have a strong, spicy, tangy flavour and odour.

Kimchi was profiled by Health Magazine as one of the world's five "healthiest foods" for being rich in vitamins,
  • aiding in digestion, and
  • even possibly preventing cancer.
The health properties of kimchi are due to a variety of factors.
  • Most types of kimchi contain common ingredients like onions, garlic and peppers all of which have well-known health benefits.
  • The main vegetable being made into kimchi also contributes to the overall nutritional value. Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium and iron and
  • also beneficial bacterial cultures of Lactobacilli which results in a higher lactic acid content in the final product than in yoghurt.
So remember, when in Korea, don't miss on giving your health a much needed boost by savouring Kimchee. Three cheers to to Kimchee !!!
For more info read: WikiPedia, KimcheeDepot


Vij said...

hhmm... Kimchi must be really tasty; one can make out from your wide grin :-) My mouth is watering :-))

Yvonne Tay said...

Did you miss kimchi so much?