Not only does the fermenting process help to preserve ingredients for those cold winter months, it also amps up the flavour and the nutritional value. There are many health benefits of kimchi and other fermented foods, including the creation of beneficial enzymes, probiotics for gut health, and helping fight obesity.
Korea’s favourite fermented food, Korean kimchi is rich in vitamins A and C, and is packed with good-for- your-gut bacteria. Discover 10 quick and easy kimchi recipes, or take a peek at our winter warmers below.
Another must-have for the winter months is doenjang. The health benefits of this fermented soybean paste include vitamins A and C, anti-ageing nutrients, and properties that may help lower blood pressure, aid digestion and strengthen the liver.
There’s nothing more warming than a plate of piping-hot dumplings, and they’re even more satisfying when they’re good for you too! For a dumpling fix that won’t turn you into a dumpling, try these steamed kimchi dumplings, packed with lean chicken and tofu.
Used to usher in the New Year in the middle of the cold Korean winter, this tteok guk rice cake soup will warm you to the very core. It’s packed with medicinal Asian ingredients, such as ginger and garlic, helping to keep any chills at bay.
Brimming with fresh and fermented vegetables, lean protein and stomach-satisfying rice, a bowl of Korean bibimbap packs your five-a- day into one handy meal. Add a side of Korean kimchi for added health benefits.
For those days when you want all the flavour and health benefits of a slow-cooked soup, but don’t have hours to spare in the kitchen, try this kimchi recipe.
Our kimchi and soft silken tofu soup is chock-full of nutrients and is ready in less than 30 minutes.
Nutritious vegetables combine forces with Korea’s superfood soybean paste in this hearty doenjang jjigae, another speedy Korean dinner for the depths of winter.
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