Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Kimch'i; A Taste of Korea

Kimchi  represents Korea's best known food. Koreans serve kimchi at almost every meal, and is considered one the world's healthiest foods. Made of fermented vegetables, primarily Napa cabbage, this spicy dish is served either alone or mixed with rice or noodles. And it’s part of a high-fiber, low-fat diet that has kept obesity at bay in Korea. A one cup serving supplies approx. 32 calories.
 Kimchi (pronounced kimchee) is loaded with fiber and vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This good bacteria helps with digestion, and studies show fermented cabbage has compounds that may prevent the growth of cancer.

No need to go through the trouble of making it from scratch (the smell of fermenting cabbage will keep more than vampires at bay!) You can find many types of Kimchi in the grocery store. There are so many ways to serve kimchi, it's no wonder it can be served 3 times a day without repeating the dish. Try scrambling eggs , diced tomatoes, and mushrooms,with kimchi. Use it as a wrap filling or to top a baked potato. It is used in soups, as burger and pizza toppings, in sushi, salads. The uses are as vast as the imagination.

For recipe ideas, see All Recipes.com