Kimchi (Radish on top, cabbage below)
Kimchi (Radish on top, cabbage below)

Kimchi is a staple side dish in a traditional Korean meal. While Koreans are famous for having numerous side dishes alongside their meals, kimchi is one that is rarely left out. My family moved from Seoul, South Korea to the United States in 1999. Despite trying to learn and adapt to the American culture, kimchi was an item that my family could never give up. It was that one side dish that we would never run out of. My mother has the recipe engraved in her head because she used to make it all the time at home, in Korea, with my grandmother. My mom refuses to buy pre-made kimchi from stores and always pickles them at home with a group of close friends. Every once in a while, my mom and her friends would meet together at my house with boxes filled with cabbage and/or radish and get to work. While it may simply be a side dish for others, it is a part of my family's cultural upbringing and joy to be able to make and enjoy homemade kimchi.

Place(s): Korea
Year: 1999

– Jeongwoo Nahm

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