Here is our latest batch of #homemade#kimchi under the microscope. This a 1-5 dilution of the juice inside the kimchi jar. 1 part kimchi juice into 4 parts water.
As you can see even with the dilution the bacterial diversity is pretty up there with most of the species being some kind of bacillus (the probiotics you buy in a bottle) You can see many different shapes and sizes of rod shaped bacteria even seeing some longer lacto bacillus rods mixed in there.
This is a prime example of how #directmicroscopy works. You can look at almost anything you are interested in. Any product that claims to be the next thing in gardening or probiotics you can actually verify these claims with your own eyes. I've seen many products boasting how we have the "best micro organisms" only to have a look and find the product is devoid of this so called claim of "micro organisms" Using direct microscopy methods you can look at soils, water, food, drinks, compost, etc etc etc. Anything you want to check to see what is present in that material.
Every week i'm going to post some popular plates of food in Korea. I'll start today with three foods.🤤🤤🇰🇷🍱
🍜1. (Kimchi 김치)
While there are many different kinds of kimchi, the most common version is made with napa cabbage that is preserved and lightly fermented in bright red chili flakes.
💰Cost – comes free nearly every restaurant you eat at, but a huge sack of homemade kimchi to eat with rice costs 5,000 Won ($4.39) – it must have been 1.5 kilos!
🍜2. Daeji Bulgogi 불고기
One famous Korean specialty barbecued meat is known as Bulgogi. While it’s normally made from beef, bulgogi can also be made with thin strips of pork or chicken. Before the meat is grilled, it’s marinated in sweet soy sauce with lots of garlic and sesame oil.
💰Cost – around 8,000 ($7.00) Won/plate
🍜3. Dolsot Bibimbap 돌솥 비빔밥
Famous and widely available, bibimbap is like fried rice, but instead of being fried it’s just all mixed up like a salad. It’s the khao yam or khao kluk kaphi or Korean cuisine. The dish consists of rice on the bottom, a few different kinds of sauteed vegetables, an egg, and toasted seaweed flakes and sesame seeds on top. If it’s not salty enough, you can normally add more gochujang chili paste to make it tastier.
💰Cost – 4,000 – 5,000 Won ($3.51 – $4.39)
Falafels pita sandwich with a twist: japanese kimchi 😍
I coated the inside of my pita with my favorite spread so far, the garlic and chives fermented cashew cream cheese style spread from Spread'Em Kitchen co. It's so good on bread and salad... And it's a local brand 💪
I'm planning to try and make my own vegan cream cheese style spread once this one is empty. It's cheaper and lower in waste as I won't have to buy a new plastic container every time I run out.
I might also try to make a vegan kimchi, but this is another story!