Saturday, March 15, 2008

kimchi in space

This is one of the funniest things I've read all week, saw it on kimchi mamas and the linked article. Korean scientist have been working, spending millions, to formulate kimchi so that it can go into space with a Korean scientist going to the international space station. If you aren't familiar with the national sidedish of Korea, its a very pungent, spicy, fermented cabbage dish. As in, if it has been in the room in the last 24 hours, you could probably still smell it. (There are many many variations, but people generally think of the spicy kinds when they think "kimchi", but I also like the summer, non-spicy kimchi versions, too.) But most Koreans eat this dish every day, if not at every meal (D doesn't get it when I eat it for breakfast). So imagine having to go off into space for whatever couple weeks or so and being without it - I don't know if a Korean could go that long without kimchi! Apparently, this kimchi to the field work started when troops went to war in Vietnam, but scientists had to revamp when getting ready for space. And now its all set to go. One small step for Korean foodies - now if we ever go to live on the moon, we an take our kimchi with us!

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