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Embrace the Tangy Delight: Enjoying Kimchi in the Summer Heat

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How is everyone in Curative Plate Land doing in this heat wave? Hanging out by the pool? Tropical vacations? Iced coffee? When the sun is scorching and the temperatures soar, it's tempting to just reach for cold drinks and ice cream. However there is also a refreshing and flavorful food that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also helps beat the summer heat; that’s right, it’s kimchi! In this blog post, we'll dive into why it's the ultimate summer companion. So, grab a bottle of soju out of the fridge and get ready to savor the tangy delight of this versatile side dish.

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Kimchi offers a unique combination of flavors that perfectly balance heat and refreshment. Packed with a variety of fermented vegetables like cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers, kimchi becomes a culinary powerhouse during the summer months. The fermentation process not only enhances its taste but also creates a cooling effect, making it an ideal choice to combat the summer heat.

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Apart from its incredible taste, kimchi also boasts a wide range of health benefits. Rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as beneficial probiotics, kimchi supports a healthy immune system and aids digestion. As you enjoy a mouthful of this delectable delight, you'll also be providing your body with essential nutrients, making it a win-win situation.

kimchi friend chicken sandwich
Photo credit: The Curative Plate. Curative Plate kimchi on a fried chicken bbq sandwich.

Summer is synonymous with barbecues, and kimchi makes the perfect companion to grilled meats and vegetables. The smoky flavors from the grill complement the tanginess of kimchi, creating a harmonious symphony of taste. Add a spoonful of kimchi to your burger or wrap it in a lettuce leaf alongside your barbecued chicken for an explosion of flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more.

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When the temperature rises, lighter and fresher meals take center stage. Kimchi salads come to the rescue, offering a burst of refreshing flavors. Combine shredded kimchi with crisp greens, thinly sliced cucumbers, and a zesty dressing for a mouthwatering salad that brings a cool and invigorating sensation to your summer table. It's a perfect way to enjoy the benefits of kimchi without heating up the kitchen. And who says slaws are limited to just cabbage? Give your summer barbecues a unique twist by incorporating kimchi into your slaw. The tangy and spicy notes of kimchi add depth and complexity to the traditional coleslaw recipe. Whether you prefer a creamy dressing or a vinegar-based one, kimchi slaw is sure to elevate your outdoor gatherings to a whole new level.

Kimchi cold noodle salad
Photo credit: The Curative Plate Kimchi IG

As the temperatures soar and the sun beats down, kimchi emerges as a true summer superstar. Its refreshing qualities, health benefits, and incredible versatility make it a must-have addition to your summer menu. So, why not embrace the tangy delight of kimchi and embark on a culinary journey that will leave you craving more? Don't let the summer heat stop you from savoring the wonders of Korean cuisine. Grab a jar of The Curative Plate Vegan or LowFODMAP(ish) Kimchi, indulge your taste buds, and enjoy a summer filled with flavor and coolness.

Stay cool, TCP fam, from Our Heart and Our Hands to Your Plate.


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