I love Kimichi. I love the taste. Even the smell doesn’t bother me.
Funny story. One day, I took kimchi to work. My coworkers had a fit. I really didn’t think the smell was that big of a problem. But for about an hour, my coworkers looked for a gas leak in the building. Eventually, they discovered me, eating kimchi at my desk. lol!
The manager at the time was Korean, and really turned her nose up at the traditional Korean food I was eating. “Ugh!” She said. Then she told me the most magical story. She said her mother and grandmother use to spend 3 days making this traditional food. They would throw the cabbage, garlic, ginger, and other spices in a large container and bury it underground for two days. She reminisced about how she was forced to eat this for her health. Now, she doesn’t go near the “stuff” as she affectionately called it. Ironically, she was always sick too.
It’s always so sad when people of other rich and wonderful cultures, ditch their traditions to be more American. We’re not the healthiest people on the planet. Although our pizza, hamburgers, and junk food are cool, they usually take quite a toll on a person’s body, especially when you didn’t grow up eating it.
I totally didn’t mind the odd stares and side comments. It’s my life purpose to expose people to new things that will improve their lives. So I was born without that thing that makes people do whatever they can to fit in. Some people were generally intrigued by the food and asked a lot of questions. It came me a chance to explain why I was eating this culinary treat in the first place.
Benefits of Eating Kimchi
Kimchi is an amazing food!
It is a Korean dish, purposely fermented to supply the body with healthy bacteria for our guts. Maintaining the flora in your digestive system improves your overall health. It prevents digestive problems, yeast infections, and cold and flu.
I take a supplement for good bacteria, but natural food is a much better source of this friendly bacteria. It really penetrates your gut a lot better. Also, kimchi is a much better source than dairy yogurts that usually have a lot of sugar in it.
Kimchi has been eater in Korea for thousands of years. It is traditionally served with every meal in Korea. If you’ve ever been to a Korean restaurant or spa, you’ll probably been served a small plate of kimchi. I have a pic of it on this post about my korean spa experience. At this spa, I had kimchi soup, and besides maybe Vietnamese pho, I don’t think there’s a stronger soup that can pulverize every negative germ or bacteria thing in your body!
You can purchase kimchi at a health food store or international or asian market. The asian market usually has the best kimchi for the best prices.
I can pile kimchi on top of brown rice and sea veggies and chow down. You can also just put about 2 TB of kimchi on the side of any dinner or meal you have.