I spent a year in Korea teaching, and was actually was teary-eyed when I left.the people, the landscape, the food, the everything! Koreans are my favorite Asians for many reasons. I have missed kimchi for years (after two years in Thailand, and tried store bought Chinese jarred kimchi--yuck--no respectable Korean would throw at a dog), then this year in the Philippines (same dog weapons-grade Chinese sludge)and finally found this site and am making my own. I especially like the fermented cabbage and radish styles. Most importantly, I have mild hepatic encaphalopothy, and probiotics are a very good treatment. I read that kimchi has more than four times the probiotics found in commercial yogurt, which is actually medical grade by any standard! Long live the kimchi eaters!
In my time in Korea, I tried literally hundreds of types of kimch, even one for stomach problems called (in translation)"water kimchi" I would love to see a recipe for it. Thanks Maangchi!!