What Is Kimchi ?
Kimchi is a national Korean dish consisting of fermented chili peppers and vegetables, usually based on cabbage.
Kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This good bacteria helps with digestion, plus it seems to help stop and even prevent yeast infections.
Kimchi Home-made Recipe
¾ wombok cabbage
3 tablespoons Korean red pepper powder
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 large clove garlic, finely minced
3 cm fresh ginger, finely grated
3 tablespoons water
2 shallots (green part only), chopped
-Chop the cabbage and remove the core. Slice the cabbage into about 2 to 3 cm thick strips, and place the cabbage in a large bowl. —Salt the cabbage and massage it with your hands, until it begins to soften.
-Cover the cabbage with water and allow it to soak for at least one hour.
-Keep ¼ cup of the salty water that the cabbage is soaking in. Place the cabbage in a colander or large strainer, rinse it well in water, and drain it.
-Rinse the bowl that the cabbage was soaked in and place the cabbage back in the bowl after it has drained.
-To make the paste combine the red pepper powder, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and water in the small mixing bowl and mix well. Add in the chopped shallots and mix.
-Add the kimchi paste to the cabbage and mix it into the cabbage.
-Put the cabbage into a large glass jar, pressing the cabbage down firmly with each handful. It will create the correct environment for the fermentation to occur.
-Wipe the sides of the jar down and place the kimchi in a warm spot to ferment. The kimchi may need about three days to ferment, but taste it often and allow the kimchi to continue fermenting until your desired taste is achieved.
Health Benefits Of Kimchi
-Increased antioxidant status
-Control asthma and reduce risk of allergies
-Counteract inflammation and control the growth of disease-causing bacteria
-Colon health promotion
-Boost Brain health
-Good for Skin health
-Lowers cholesterol levels
-Help in weight loss
-Boost immnue system