What did you have for dinner?
Today, November 22, is officially Korea Kimchi Day in California.
The designation passed the state legislature on a resolution by State Assemblyman Steven Choi on August 22, according to Korea.net.
November 22 is also an official national holiday in Korea.
The 11th month of the year is symbolic of the 11 main ingredients in the popular dish and the 22 represents its 22 health benefits.
“Kimchi is a fermented food, it’s fermented vegetables with all different kinds of spices,” said Bo-Mi Hwang a lecturer at Cal State San Bernardino, to ABC7.
30% of Korean Americans live in California, reports KRCW.
“Kimchi is a key part of our culture that brings us Korean Americans together. Having this special day designated to celebrate our food is also a good opportunity for us to share our culture with other communities,” says Shin.
Kimchi is considered a stable in Korea. Napa cabbage and Korean radish are common ingredients found in the dish.
It is also known for its strong spicy flavors and odors.
From the Oscar-winning movie Parasite to the Netflix hit Squid Games and the world-wide popularity of BTS, Korean culture is immersing itself into society.
A general acceptance of kimchi could be next.
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