Sunday, November 2, 2008
Nine different kinds of Kimchi!
9 가지 종류의 김치! Oh yes, nine different types of kimchi on display at Korea Festival 2008. This fermented vegetable is Korea's favourite daily sidedish. Most places in Singapore don't do kimchi very well. I've only tasted one that I like, and it wasn't at a Korean restaurant (I forget where, unfortunately, I think it was Japan - ah sigh, they make everything taste better!).
Anyway, here are close-ups of the kimchi types. Sorry I had to cut and paste from an overall shot. It was quite crowded, so I didn't have the luxury to shoot each one individually. Hope you can read the dish tags, if not, you can mouse-over the photo to see the name.
According to their information placard, kimchi is contains high levels of lactic acid bacteria, organic acids and other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and functional components of the ingredients from fermentation.
Benefits reported include anti-mutation and anti-cancer effects, hypolipidemic effects, antioxidant and anti-aging effects and the activation of detoxifying components. They laud it as a nutritious and health-promoting food.
I really admire people who know how to make this. I know every Korean household prepares their own kimchi, but it's something I just never dared to do. I'd probably just cross the line between fermentation and spoilage!
Tomorrow: Korean royal cuisine!
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