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Pacific Taste: "The Natural History of Kimchi" with Hae Jung Cho

  • Palisades Branch Library 861 Alma Real Dr. Pacific Palisades, CA 90272 (map)

Presented by Culinary Historians of Southern California


Kimchi is the national food of Korea and is made in dozens of varieties with different vegetables as a base. The average Korean eats about 40 pounds of kimchi a year, with several types served at each meal. Eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, kimchi is spicy, tangy, crunchy, and filled with umami.  But why do Koreans bury their kimchi in the ground? And are all types of kimchi spicy? Can vegans eat kimchi? These and other kimchi mysteries will be explained by chef and culinary historian, Hae Jung Cho, who will discuss the history of kimchi and the science of fermentation and then demonstrate how to make the signature dish's most popular preparation, Napa Cabbage Kimchi.


Hae Jung Cho has been a professional cook for 13 years. Trained as a master food preserver, Hae Jung has been teaching people how to make kimchi and other ferments since 2011 and has a Facebook group called Hae Jung's Kimchi Club. Hae Jung is a founding member and executive committee member of Slow Food Preservers Los Angeles and a newbie gardener at the Crenshaw Community Garden.

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary talks and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in venues across Southern California. Research Fellow Linda Civitello, Curator Richard FossChef Ernest Miller, and others deliver lively lectures and lead hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the Pacific Coast and American West. 

Earlier Event: February 17
In the SoFAB Kitchen with Those Nuts!