South Korea Suffers Kimchi Shortage

“I could see why he did it. I have to get my kimchi fix with every meal or I’m not completely satiated.”
-A Korean businessman comments of the arrest of a man in Gangwon province for stealing cabbage-kimchi’s main ingredient-from a field. Bad weather has damaged this year’s cabbage crop, and heads of the napa variety are now selling for up to $14 at markets. “I don’t know how long I can keep ignoring my grandkids’ and my husband’s demands for kimchi every meal,” said Kim Hyung-sook, who lives in northern Seoul. “You’re not Korean if you don’t eat kimchi three times a day.”