No doubt about that the most famous Korean food is kimchi, all Japanese believe it I think and moreover even Japanese believe that Korean people bring their home made kimchi for a trip.
Actually kimchi exist everywhere, every restaurant must serve kimchi as one kind of side dish. I eat kimchi in every meal because it is free.
Kimchi is pickled vegetables with much red pepper. However the origin of Korean red pepper is not popular in Korea. It was imported by Japanese at the era of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Till then Korean pickled vegetables seemed to be tasted by Chinese pepper.
Still it is mystery why Korean people started to use red pepper for pickled vegetables at that time. It was a kind of innovation, many historian can’t find the reason. Go from chump to champ, it is just representative of Korean food.

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