North Korea and South Korea may be at loggerheads. But there is one thing they can both agree upon: That kimchi is the best dish in the world.

Kimchi or kimchee is Korea’s favorite fermented delicacy. It is similar to that of a pickle and is eaten alongside rice.

There are hundreds of varieties of kimchi made from different vegetables.

Kimchi is usually made from napa cabbage, radish, scallion, or cucumber as the main ingredient. The chosen vegetable is mixed with salt, vinegar, garlic, chilli peppers and other spices.

Traditionally, kimchi was placed in jars and stored underground during the summer. The flavored delight, after months of fermentation, was consumed during the winter.

The modern day kimchi, however, is fermented in an air-tight jar for a few days and served with rice, noodles or soups.

Korean mothers take pride in their homemade kimchi, and their recipes are a closely guarded secret. None but their daughters have access to this culinary knowledge.

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But few Korean kimchi makers did share their methods. Check out the videos below.

Health benefits

Packed with flavonoids and probiotics, kimchi acts as an anti-aging agent. It helps maintain healthy levels of cholesterol and strengthen the immune system. The vegetable content in kimchi is an excellent source of antioxidants and helps cure medical conditions like diabetes, obesity, gastric ulcers, and even cancer.

Although kimchi primarily involves ‘salting of vegetables,’ they come in different flavors and colors.

Check out some unique varieties in the Instagram posts below.

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