F Magazine #12 Kimchi
Kimchi is the epitome of a traditional Korean food. But unlike pasta or sushi, it is too multifaceted to be described only as one country’s representative food. In Korea, kimchi is not just a food—it is the end product of an encompassing culinary culture, from processes and techniques for production and storage to a wide range of kimchibased recipes. It’s hard to identify another distinctive dish that exerts such influence over a nation’s cuisine. In the future, kimchi will gain more recognition for its cultural value and potential, for it has always been a highly personalized food that is customized to suit each family’s taste.