What is it?
Kimchi, a mixture of fermented vegetables, is the most common banchan - small side dishes served along with cooked rice in Korean cuisine. Kimchi is typically seasoned with salt, garlic, onion, chili pepper and more. Kimchi can be made from different types of vegetables, the most popular and common kimchi is made using Napa Cabbage.
How did it come about?
Mankind started protecting and preserving food as the human body could only accommodate a limited amount of food.
In the past, in order to preserve food and protect food from animals, ancestors in Korea stored food in jugs and dug tunnels to use them as storehouses. However, this wasn’t enough. There was another challenge when it came to food preservation - decomposition.
Our ancestors discovered that even after days, fish remained edible when added with salt and vegetables remained edible with the addition of seasonings such as garlic and red pepper. It was found that without red pepper, fermentation could not occur and the vegetables became spoiled as red pepper deters the growth of harmful microorganisms and promotes the growth of useful probiotics - specifically lactic acid bacteria.
What are the benefits?
Kimchi, made from various vegetables is high in dietary fiber and low in calories. As kimchi is typically seasoned with salutary ingredients such as onion, garlic and peppers, it has high nutritional value. Kimchi helps with:
#1 Lowering bad cholesterol: With loads of crushed garlic, the bacteria, namely allicin from garlic helps fight the hardening of the artery.
#2 Digestion: The lactic acid bacteria produced during fermentation helps with food digestion and prevents constipation.
#3 Preventing cancer: Cabbage contains indole-3-carbinol which is a powerful drug against colon cancer.
And many more!
Where to make it?
Now that you’ve understood the origins and the health benefits of kimchi, how do you make it at home so you can start reaping the benefits?
Choose from a variety of favorite vegetables to make cucumber kimchi, fresh napa cabbage kimchi or cubed radish kimchi with Heryong! Learn more about the basic ingredients used in Korean cuisines and learn basic Korean greetings! Bring the recipe home, alter it to your preference and enjoy the benefits of eating kimchi. Perfect for you stay-at-home moms, expats or supreme Korean foodies! Yum!
Workshop: Make Korean Cuisine with Heryong!
Price: $180/pax (1 pax), $160/pax (2 pax), $150/pax (3 pax) → Tiered pricing means you should definitely invite friends to join you on this delicious journey!
Location: Jalan Raja Udang (Closest MRT: Novena MRT)
Duration: 2 Hours
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