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name Kimchi is derived from chimchae, which means vegetables preserved
with salt. Although it has been made since the 7th Century, this early form of
Kimchi was merely vegetables which were preserved with salt. The harsh winters
in Korea meant that fresh vegetables weren’t available during the winter months
and so the preservation of fresh vegetables when in season enabled the peoples
of this land to enjoy vegetables throughout the year.
However, the simple method of salting vegetables such as radish was gradually
transformed over the centuries by the addition of various items. Extra
flavourings added over the years included soy sauce, garlic, ginger and
preserved fish but one of the most notable was to come from the introduction of
Chillies to Korea via Portuguese traders in the 17th Century.
Although it took 200 years or so to become a widely accepted and integral
ingredient, today Kimchi is well known for the addition of hot red chilli
pepper, not only taste wise but it also gives the dish its characteristic
colouring. Many think that the reason red pepper was so readily used was that it
saved on salt, which was a precious commodity in those times.
The introduction of foreign vegetables also played its part. Perhaps the most
important was Brassicas (cabbages) from China and by the 19th Century cabbages
were being widely cultivated. Cabbage Kimchi is perhaps the best known type
outside of Korea.
With the addition of these many items, the dish gradually changed from being one
of simply salted vegetables to a spicy, fermented and flavoursome dish. Koreans
serve kimchi at almost every meal and many families have their own traditional
recipe which has been handed down from generation to generation.
Today whilst Kimchi is still served as a side dish, it is also included in
recipes. Below are a couple of Kimchi recipes for you to try. Experiment with
the amount of chilli powder - Kimchi doesn't have to be fiery hot.
Cabbage Kimchi Veg CD ACC Korea 2 days
Cucumber Kimchi CD ACC Korean +24
Radish Kimchi Veg CD ACC Korean 2 days