a crisis like no other

If you haven’t heard, there is a huge crisis in South Korea right now.  It is not a threat of provocation from the DPRK, nor is it another story of political/corporate corruption.  There’s a shortage in kimchi!  A national source of pride, cabbage is dwindling in supply and causing alarmed reactions from Korean mothers and grandmothers everywhere.  I loved the New York Times’ description of the process of producing homemade kimchi:

Mrs. Roh has two daughters, both in their 30s, and she said they learned to make kimchi “by looking over my shoulder, by tasting and doing, like all Korean girls are supposed to.

Really, Mrs. Roh?  I have no idea how to make the spicy and fermented cabbage dish, but I’m just happy that my mom sent me a homemade batch last week.


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