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[The i] How gut-friendly, Korean snack Kimchi became a lockdown favourite in the UK

  • Date03/10/2021
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    What’s the first thing you put in your mouth in the morning? A toothbrush? A gulp of strong tea? For Pat Bingley, it’s usually some spicy fermented cabbage, to allow its natural probiotics to travel as far as possible into his digestive system.

    “It’s a great snack,” he insists. “It has a bit of salt, hardly any calories, and is so flavourful – sour, salty and a little bit spicy. Eat it with a cracker, or a slice of avocado or apple.”

    For years, those in foodie circles have hyped kimchi as the next big thing, extolling the Korean snack for its “friendly” bacteria and great taste. In Korea, it is an integral component of the national diet, eaten on its own and in many recipes, and has great cultural significance.

    In the UK, it has until recently been mostly restricted to gut-health enthusiasts or food-obsessed folk. But our search for healthier lifestyles and interest in traditional kitchen methods are leading more of us to this Korean cabbage dish...


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