"Kimchi is a fermented food, isn't it?"
"Are some kimchi fermented and some not fermented?"
"How can I tell the difference between fermented kimchi?"
You can pickle the Korean fermented food "Kimchi" yourself, but I think many people who eat it buy kimchi on the market, such as buying it at a supermarket.
Actually, there are two types of kimchi, "fermented kimchi" and "non-fermented kimchi".
This time, I will tell you the difference between the two types of "fermented kimchi" and "non-fermented kimchi" and how to easily distinguish them.
Please read to the end and be able to choose real kimchi!
At the request of those who read the article, we also made a video version at Agukuru School.
It's about 6 minutes, so if you want to learn while watching it, please see here as well.
What are fermented and unfermented kimchi?
What I call real kimchi is "fermented kimchi" (hereinafter referred to as "fermented kimchi").
The reason is that the traditional Korean fermented food called kimchi is fermented kimchi.
Fermented kimchi is made by adding condiments to salted Chinese cabbage and fermenting it at a low temperature. ..
Unfermented kimchi (hereinafter referred to as non-fermented kimchi) is a lightly pickled vegetable in a kimchi-flavored seasoning.
Fermented kimchi is lactic acid fermented, so it contains a lot of lactic acid bacteria.
for that reason, By eating, it prepares the intestinal environment like yogurt and boosts immunity.
Since non-fermented kimchi is lightly pickled in kimchi style, it does not have lactic acid bacteria, but it does not mean that it is not good for the body because it can remove the dietary fiber that vegetables originally have.
How to distinguish is to look for "Kimchi-kun mark"
Next, I will tell you how to distinguish between fermented kimchi and non-fermented kimchi.
The way to tell is to look for "Kimchi-kun mark".
What exactly is the Kimchi-kun mark?
What is the Kimchi-kun mark?
The kimchi-kun mark is a mark that is only allowed to be posted on aged fermented kimchi produced in Korea.
In other words, if this mark is attached, it can be said that the kimchi is fermented by the traditional Korean manufacturing method.
There is no place in the supermarket that does not have a kimchi corner now, so when you buy kimchi next time, please check if there is a kimchi-kun mark.
Among the fermented kimchi, the kimchi that has a delicious taste on the royal road and can be bought at supermarkets is "Gyu-Kaku kimchi".
If you get lost, please buy "Gyu-Kaku Kimchi".
How to find fermented kimchi other than the kimchi mark?
I mentioned earlier that domestic kimchi is a non-fermented kimchi, but there is one thing I would like you to know.
It is not "domestic kimchi = non-fermented kimchi".
It is true that most domestic kimchi is non-fermented kimchi, but some are well aged and fermented.
Naturally, domestic fermented kimchi does not have the "Kimchi-kun mark".
How do you know?
that is, Is there a letter such as "aged fermentation" or "lactic acid fermentation"? Is to see.
What these letters are written on is fermented kimchi made by lactic acid fermentation, not lightly pickled.
If you want to benefit from fermentation, eat fermented kimchi!
Finally, even non-fermented kimchi can take in the nutrients such as dietary fiber and vitamins that vegetables have, so non-fermented kimchi is not bad.
But if If you want to take kimchi for the purpose of improving the intestinal environment or intestinal activity, we recommend choosing fermented kimchi that can benefit from fermentation. To do.
Fermented kimchi is two birds with one stone that can simultaneously ingest two types of lactic acid bacteria and intestinal revitalizing in addition to the dietary fiber of vegetables such as Chinese cabbage, so please be aware of fermented kimchi when you eat it!
How was that?
I remember being very surprised when I learned about fermented kimchi.
Fermented kimchi and non-fermented kimchi have their own characteristics, but knowing the difference between them gives you choices, which is very important.
In addition to fermented kimchi, there are fermented foods that improve the intestinal environment and boost immunity, so let's combine fermented kimchi with other fermented foods to have a fun and delicious fermented life!