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Kimjang: Making and Sharing Kimchi – launch event in New Malden

Korean British Cultural Exchange, the people who bring you the Korean festival in Kingston market square at Chuseok time, have received Heritage Lottery funding for a Kimjang event at the end of November. The project has a launch event in February. KBCE are always seeking volunteers to help in their cultural projects: do think about volunteering by contacting them through their Facebook page or website.

‘Sharing is giving’: Korean Kimjang Project launches to spice up London

Saturday 9th February 2019, 1pm – 4pm
New Malden Methodist Church, 49 High Street, New Malden KT3 4BY

3 kinds of kimchi
Napa cabbage kimchi, ponytail kimchi, and mustard green kimchi – image credit: Maangchi

The Korean British Cultural Exchange (KBCE) is thrilled to announce the launch event of its brand-new project, Kimjang: Making and Sharing Kimchi, on Saturday 9th February at New Malden Methodist Church.

All members of the Korean community and local residents are invited to attend the inaugural event which marks the beginning of a year-long celebration of Korean culture.

New Malden alone is home to over 22,000 ethnic Koreans. Throughout the project, KBCE aims to collect authentic kimchi recipes to represent the different Korean communities.

‘Kimjang’ is the Korean term for the process of preparation and preservation of the nation’s signature dish, Kimchi (fermented cabbage). Many households in Korea make huge amounts of kimchi in November to consume throughout the winter months when vegetables are scarce. This unique practice – where neighbours gather to cook together and share homemade food – was listed as UNESCO’s Intangible Culture Heritage in 2013.

Justina Jang from KBCE said, “Unfortunately, Kimjang is a rare practice to observe in Korean families and communities in the UK. The main reasons for this are that the number of first-generation Koreans has decreased over the years, the number of mixed marriages of third-generation Koreans has increased, and some local kimchi manufacturers are now providing the dish unfermented, unlike the traditional recipe.”

She continues, “We therefore started the Kimjang Project to promote the true, original taste and ‘togetherness’ value of kimchi, here in New Malden, another Korea outside of Korea.”

At the upcoming launch event free samples of two types of kimchi will be on offer to the public on New Malden High Street. Tasters will get to vote on which type of kimchi they prefer. Then at 2pm KBCE will officially launch the initiative with a formal introduction of the Kimjang Project and reveal its new brand identity. Finally, professional chef and Korean cuisine expert HS Yim will lead a demonstration on kimchi making alongside an exhibition area that will showcase various types of kimchi.

The Kimjang Project is hosted by KBCE and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This event has been supported by the World Kimchi Institute.


(automatically generated) Read LKL’s review of this event here.

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