Unless you’ve been living on Mars, you’re probably aware that the 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As we settle in to marvel at triple axels, giant slaloms, and curling competitions (or each country’s uniforms), let’s take a look at the area’s cuisine, which has taken hold in Chicago in a big way.
When Chicagoans think of Korean food, barbecue is most likely the first thing that comes to mind; of course, there’s a lot more to Korean cuisine than that. It’s safe to say, though, that all roads lead back to one ubiquitous and crucial element: kimchi, widely considered the national dish of Korea. It’s been around in some form since before the birth of Christ, and is culturally significant in both North and South Korea.