Kimchi Shortage?! NOOOOO!

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Can there really be a worldwide shortage of kimchi?!  The food staple that defines Korean food may not be on your table with the rest of the banchan.  Ok that’s being a bit dramatic, but it’s quite possible because the price of kimchi has skyrocketed because of a shortage in cabbage.  Some restaurants in Korea are charging for kimchi; That’s almost heresy.  One newspaper’s editorial claimed this kimchi crisis as a once in a century situation!  Holy cannoli Batman!  Will there soon be a black market for kimchi where ajumas will meet secretly in back lots and alleyways to sell their pungent creations?  Will South Korea have to open trade with North Korea because the North may actually have enough cabbage?

Can there really be a worldwide shortage of kimchi?!  The food staple that defines Korean food may not be on your table with the rest of the banchan.  Ok that’s being a bit dramatic, but it’s quite possible because the price of kimchi has skyrocketed because of a shortage in cabbage.  Some restaurants in Korea are charging for kimchi; That’s almost heresy.  One newspaper’s editorial claimed this kimchi crisis as a once in a century situation!  Holy cannoli Batman!  Will there soon be a black market for kimchi where ajumas will meet secretly in back lots and alleyways to sell their pungent creations?  Will South Korea have to open trade with North Korea because the North may actually have enough cabbage?  Just like the global economic recession, it’s a kimchi recession and we’ll get out of this in one piece.  But it might be a good idea for your mother’s who make their own kimchi to perhaps hoard it in the backyard just in case the futures market on kimchi gets rocked.  I’m going to go get my kimchi on!

Source: New York Times

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