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Thousands of People Serve Kimchi for the Poor in Seoul

By November 4, 2016 at 5:09 pm
Kimjang (Photo : Getty Images )

Thousands of people in Seoul, Korea, cooked a whopping 50 tons of kimchi, well known Korean spicy fermented cabbage, for the poor in the nation's capital on Friday. 

Over 4,000 people joined the charity event in City Hall Square to cook the massive kimchi with cabbage, spice paste, garlic, ginger, and fish sauce, Reuters reported. 

The event, the Seoul Kimchi Festival, celebrates a tradition called 'kimjang,'  where families and friends cook and share kimchi, which is "just the most Korean thing," said Kim Nam-su, the organizer of the festival. 

"The kimchi made here will be distributed to the vulnerable via a social welfare council," Kim explained.

Kimchi is indeed probably the most popular and famous Korean dish, of which the nation is extremely proud - to the point Kimjang was chistened as a UNESCO cultural heritage event.  

Each South Korean citizen consumes about 40 pounds (18 kg) of kimchi each year, according to Wikipedia. Kimchi is touted by some as one of the world's healthiest foods, containing a high concentration of dietary fiber and more than half of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene. While low in calories, kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron. 

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