Thursday, June 12, 2008

On kimchi

I'm not Korean, but do enjoy Korean food, which probably makes thisWalrus Magazine article trying to describe the significance of kimchi to Korea, more interesting and humorous. Here's an excerpt:

There are myriad ways kimchi approaches the sublime. Take its health properties. Kimchi is widely regarded among nutritionists as one of the healthiest foods on the planet, full of helpful vitamins and bacteria that promotes digestion. Among Koreans, it is regarded as a manbyongtongchiyak—a kind of miracle cure—that will help make you strong, prevent cancer and generally give you a garlicky glow, something like a halo, of kimchi-fueled health. My boss, a rail-thin woman who calls herself Beauty and probably eats birdseed nine out of ten meals, told me with a straight face and very serious eyes that Korea was spared the scourge of SARS because of kimchi.


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