Kimchi (pronounced kim-chee) is a spicy dish that is one of the favorite foods of Koreans. Kimchi is usually served as a side dish and can be eaten as a part of any meal. There are many types of kimchi, but the most common is baechu (cabbage) kimchi. Every Korean house has at least one type of kimchi, and some Koreans eat kimchi at almost every meal!
Traditional Korean meals consist of rice and several side dishes, and at least one of these side dishes was always kimchi. Koreans would prepare a lot of kimchi at harvest time and store it in jars. They would bury these jars in the ground and leave them there all winter, getting kimchi out as it was needed. Modern Koreans still love kimchi, although it is usually stored in the refrigerator. Kimchi is so popular among Koreans that many people have a special kimchi refrigerator in their house!
The picture to the left is of a traditional kimchi jar, called hangari.