Kimchi for the Needy
South Korean housewives, among more than two thousand who gathered for an event sponsored by state officials to help the needy, make "kimchi", the traditional pungent vegetable dish on the grounds in front of Seoul City Hall on November 20 in Seoul, South Korea. The Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish of fermented vegetables, usually mixed with chilli. It is commonly eaten with rice or as a accompaniment dish to a main meal. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images (Getty Images)more pics »Forget Milan's largest cup of herbal tea. The real food-en-masse action just went down in Seoul, South Korea, where thousands of housewives teamed up to make the world's largest batch of kimchi, the traditional Korean fermented vegetable dish.
Kimchi accompanies most meals, and is usually made of napa cabbage, garlic, and chili. About 58,000 heads of cabbage went into this particular batch, which weighs an estimated 143 tons.
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Approximately 2,200 volunteers showed up for the event. Korea Yakult Co., the yogurt company that has sponsored the event since 2001, plans to donate the kimchi to 13,000 needy families.
While this is definitely the biggest kimchi-making event in recorded history, don't expect to see it in the Guinness Book of World Records; unfortunately, kimchi has not yet found a place among the book's categories.