Cover Photo: Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult
Illustration by Shing Yin Khor for Catapult

Your Hipster Kimchi Could Never

A column about why I love kimchi (hint: it’s not the beneficial probiotic cultures).

Kimchi is really just a Korean way to describe pickling something, and it doesn’t even need to spicy. Chilies didn’t come to Korea until the seventeenth century, so most older forms of kimchi aren’t spicy.

Noah Cho teaches middle-school English in the San Francisco Bay Area. His writing has appeared on NPR's CodeSwitch, Shondaland, The Atlantic, and The Toast. He spends most of his free time going on hikes with and taking photos of his doggo, Porkchop. Find him on Twitter  @noahreservation and Instagram  @noahreservations