Remember I shared the little story of how my mum forgot to buy the crucial ingredient in making kimchi last weekend and we ended up with no homemade kimchi? (that snippet here Well, we have 2 big boxes of homemade kimchi in the fridge now!
Store-bought Kimchi is so expensive and too sour for our liking, so my mum has been making it at home from scratch since close to a decade ago. That was the time when she went cray-cray over the Korean dramas - that infatuation drove her to visit South Korea 6 times, take up cooking Korean cuisine and Korean language lessons. Thankfully, Korean food is delicious so the rest of the family didn't mind it all that much. Of course, another perk was that my parents would stock up on Soju - Korean rice wine. If I wanted any, all I had to do was pop my head into the fridge and pluck one (or 2 or 3) of those delightful green bottles from the shelf and head back into my room.
The benefits of Kimchi have long been documented and was once listed as one of the top 5 healthiest foods in the world. Here is a link to some of the benefits of Kimchi. But health benefits aside, I would think that the taste and texture should make you fall in love with it - it's sour, it's spicy, it's crunchy - just layered with so many different flavours and goes perfectly with plain rice, a bowl of noodles, a platter of grilled meats, or even on its own. I have yet to try it with pasta, but that is definitely a combination I would try very soon. If you're adverse to spicy foods, there is a non-spicy version of the cabbage Kimchi available that is known as "Baek-Kimchi" or White Kimchi. The two types of Kimchi that my mum made are the cabbage Kimchi and the cucumber Kimchi (below), and I absolutely LOVE them both. I eat it on its own, or with a bowl of white rice topped with a fried runny yolk egg.
It is heavenly, and really one of the simplest pleasures of life.
In this post, I am only sharing some photos and my personal experience and liking for Kimchi. I will share the recipes for these two types of Kimchi as soon as my mum has the time to sit down with me to run me through the steps, and this will be very soon, I promise!