Did this ever happen to you? To crave spicy food? It happens so often to me. I don’t usually crave cakes or cookies, but I do dream of eating again my favorite spicy foods.
I started to eat a lot of spicy food when I was in college. Korean language was my major, so I attented a lot of events where Korean food was served. As a Kdrama lover, I also had a lot of interest in Korean food and I started to cook myself.
For the people who might not know about Korea and its culture, I must tell you that Korean food plays a big role in the culture. If I had to describe Korean food in two words, I would choose delicious and spicy. It’s not that all the food is spicy, but spiciness is the main characteristic, I would say.
And because I mentioned food and culture, I will also say a few things about Kimchi, which means Korean fermented food in spicy sauce. There are over 200 types of Kimchi, so you can already tell that Koreans love their Kimchi. And they are not the only ones.
Kimchi can be made from almost any vegetable, but the most common ones are made with Chinese cabbage, cucumbers, white radish and onion. Practically, the vegetables are firstly pickled in water and salt, and then a special spicy sauce is added to make Kimchi complete. Of course, depending on what vegetable you use, the process and the recipe can be slightly different.
My favorite Kimchi is cucumber Kimchi, but these days I made a lot of green onion Kimchi and I go crazy about it. I used Mangchi’s recipe and I added my favorite garlic, which is a key element in Korean food. I eat it so often these days and it goes well even with Romanian food.
I hope I made you curious about Kimchi and if I succeeded you might want to read more about its benefits and even try making your own. The Internet is full with great information on this subject, and the recipes come in many forms. Who knows, one day you might also choose Kimchi over chocolate.
Thanks for reading and happy spring.