The Ritual of Kimchi-Making Day

Kimchi might be on-trend, but, to me, it’s a relic of childhood

The ingredients for making kimchi, displayed on a table outside.
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As a child, I would eagerly await kimchi-making day. It was an all-day venture that started first thing in the morning. My mom would pull out bags upon bags of napa cabbages she had bought the day before. Every square inch of surface area in the kitchen was accounted for — large plastic tubs where my mom…