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 be spicy. Chilies didn’t come to Korea until the seventeenth century, so most older forms of kimchi aren’t spicy.
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