Korean Kimchi Is Healthy and Popular

 

Changdeok Palace, Seoul.

Changdeok Palace, Seoul.

Asian diets and particularly the Korean diet are generally considered a healthy alternative to many traditional western diets, with the strong focus on vegetables, fresh foods and fish. In particular, the Korean diet is low fat, high fibre, keeping obesity at bay in Korea. Fortunately for Melburnians they can enjoy the same benefits,  finding authentic Korean ingredients at TANG The Asian Food Emporium at 185 Russell Street.  As interest grows in cooking Korean dishes at home Melburnians will find all they need at this popular Asian grocery store/supermarket.

Kimchi is an essential part of the Korean diet, being served at every meal. It 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. Digestion is greatly assisted by this good bacteria, having wide ranging health benefits, including the prevention of yeast infections, according to recent studies. Other recent studies have shown that weight is determined by the amount of good bacteria in the gut, the more bacteria the less chance of obesity.

Kimchi is a fermented cabbage (and sometimes radish) dish, made with a mix of salt, vinegar, garlic, chilli, onions and other spices.  Kimchi can be served as a side dish or mixed in with rice or noodles, in soups, pancakes, scrambled eggs, wraps, stews, basically with anything! Maeve O’Meara, who introduced the Korean cuisine to Australians, says “Koreans say they just don’t feel right without their daily serve of Kimchi.”  Australians who try it tend to agree. It has become a big hit in Australia, with more and more people trying it and loving its taste and health benefits.  Ingredients to make Kimchi can be found at TANG, as can ready made versions.

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