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March 19, 2005
I Knew It Was Good

Well, this BBC item is cool:

South Korea's spicy fermented cabbage dish, kimchi, could help to cure bird flu, according to researchers.

Scientists at Seoul National University say they fed an extract of kimchi to 13 infected chickens - and a week later 11 of them had started recovering.

Kimchi is a preparation of pickled and spiced cabbage (radish and cucumber are also popular) which is then fermented (though it is quite good fresh, too.) By "spiced," I mean hot — hot red peppers seem to be the main spice, though garlic is also involved.

I first sampled it when I was a student at the Defense Language Institute back in '86, and there was no looking back. My subsequent 2½ years stationed in Korea were gustatory heaven for me. Korean food remains one of my favorite cuisines.

And now here in North Carolina, I can get kimchi by the jar at the nearby Lowe's grocery store. It goes great on hamburgers, though when I have it I usually eat it straight, as a side dish with pretty much anything.

I am safe from the bird flu. [Not that we humans actually get the bird flu... uh... do we? Oh, dang.]

Just don't stand downwind of me.

Update: I see Kevin at Wizbang has also noted the story.

Posted by Russ at 06:09 PM, March 19, 2005 in Miscellany

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Ah, kimchee!

And all this time I thought I was just eating it because I liked the texture, the flavor and the heat...

I'll have to try it on hamburgers...

Posted by: mostly cajun at March 20, 2005 12:29 AM

kimchee, I was removed from an Air Force C-130 in Pusan because I ate so much of the wonderful stuff. It permeates through the skin and I started to eat it in self defense.

Posted by: Michael at March 23, 2005 10:46 AM