Serious kimchi video

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There’s really no shortage of kimchi-making videos online, but I thought this one was particularly charming and sort of oddly like performance art.  I like the seriousness on the great-grandmother’s face, the pride of the whole family at the end, and the way she pronounces that the cabbage is a Korean cabbage, the radish a Korean radish, the gochukaru Korean red pepper.  It’s true, the cabbage, radish, and red pepper may be related to ones grown in other countries, but it’s the Korean ones that have that most familiar kimchi taste.  (When I asked my mom why my kimchi didn’t taste as good as hers, she said, “Oh, American napa cabbage doesn’t taste good!”)

I’m not that alarmed by the way she sprinkles Equal all over the kimchi.  My mom uses Splenda — she says it makes it less sticky — though I will be sticking to sugar.

(via Cool Hunting)

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3 Responses to “Serious kimchi video”

  1. Don Cuevas Says:

    I liked the way that she stuffed the shredded part into the napa leaves. That’s something I never saw before.

    Saludos,
    Don Cuevas

  2. Grace Says:

    Yup, that’s the traditional way to make whole heads of napa cabbage kimchi! Much prettier for serving because you can then slice it and serve the slices more or less together.

  3. Diane Says:

    Yikes, she nonchalantly mixes the hot chili pepper mixture with her bare hands. She has strong, powerful, beautiful hands.

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