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Kimchi

We Koreans are smart people. But man… culturally we believe in the weirdest wives’ tales.

Some are just ridiculous, such as:

(please read the following with your best Samuel L. Jackson impression)

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  1. If you sleep with the door closed and leave the fan on… you’re gonna die.Fan+Death
  2. If you sleep with your head facing south… you’re gonna die.     passed-out-puppy
  3. If you write your name in red ink… you’re gonna die.

    Bic, the $0.25 instrument of death.

    Bic, the $0.25 instrument of death.

And my favorite: “Playing basketball MAKES you grow taller.”

Let me explain this one.

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At the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA next to the tallest (7’7″) and shortest (5’3″) NBA players of all time.

I’m 6’1″ and played basketball my whole life. While living in Korea I tutored a bunch of junior high kids, and on several separate occasions, highly educated parents and grandparents asked me if I got as tall as I did by playing basketball. I was confused and assumed that the meaning was lost in translation, so I asked them to explain what they meant. Each person told me the same thing in a very matter-of-fact tone. They told me that all the jumping required in basketball stretched out the spine and elongated the body. 🙂

We Koreans are also very proud of our Kimchi. It’s a deliciously healthy food! However, my people have a tendency to make Kimchi appear to have magical powers. Kimchi is believed to be the cure for SARS and Bird Flu. I’m doubtful, but my uncles would argue me to death over it, so I let it slide…

OK, so I went on a tangent. Back to Kimchi. It’s good for you. Add it to your diet. It’s got:

  • Vitamin A, B, C
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Lactobacilli (a good bacteria found in fermented foods like yogurt)

Kimchi helps with digestion and can help prevent and stop yeast infections.

It’s an acquired taste, but once you get into it, you’ll be hooked. Promise. Kimchi is generally just treated as a side dish, like a pickle, but it can also be added to make some delicious dishes. I’ll post some of my favorite recipes soon.

You can pick up small or big jars at any Asian/Korean grocery store or even Whole Foods.

The big jar goes for about $16.

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How it’s done.

*Remember, if you don’t find at least one permed Ajumma (middle-aged Korean woman) hair in your giant jar of fermented goodness, your Kimchi isn’t legit.

Random fact: Most Korean families have a special fridge dedicated to the miracle cabbage. Temperature controlled and about the size of a laundry machine washer, this bad boy allows you to store and ferment your own batch of Kimchi all year round.

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Here’s a fancy Samsung Kimchi Refrigerator commercial.

That Kimchi… So hot right now.

Photo Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

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