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STARSHIP KIMCHI: A BOLD TASTE GOES WHERE IT HAS NEVER GONE BEFORE
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Byline:CHOE SANG-HUN .2008 New York Times News Service SEOUL, South Korea -- After South Korea began sending soldiers to fight beside American forces in Vietnam, President Park Chung-hee made an unusual plea. He wrote to President Lyndon Johnson to say his troops were miserable, desperate for kimchi, the fermented cabbage dish that Koreans savor with almost every meal. 서울 – 한국이 월남에 파병하여 국군이 미군과 나란히 싸우게 된 후에, 박정희 대통령은 색다른 부탁을 했다. 그는 린던 존슨 대통령에게 서한을 보내, 국군 장병들이 김치를 먹지 못하기 때문에 고역을 치르고 있다고 말했다. 김치는 배추를 익힌 요리이며 한국인들이 거의 끼마다 즐기는 음식이다. Chung Il-kwon, then the prime minister, delivered the letter to Washington. When he traveled overseas, he told Johnson, he longed for kimchi more than for his wife. The president acquiesced, financing the delivery of canned kimchi to the battlefield. 그 편지는 당시 총리인 정일권 씨가 워싱턴으로 들고 갔다. 정 총리는 해외여행을 할 때 아내보다 더 간절히 생각나는 것은 김치라고 존슨에게 설명했다. 존슨은 사정을 알았다고 동의하고, 통조림 김치가 일선 국군에게 공급되도록 자금 조치를 했다. Now kimchi is set to conquer the final frontier: space. 이제는, 김치가 최후의 ‘프런티어’ (변경)를 정복할 차례이다. 그것은 우주 공간이다. When South Korea's first astronaut, Ko San, blasts off April 8 aboard a Russian spaceship bound for the International Space Station, the beloved national dish will be on board. 한국의 첫 우주인 고 산 씨가 4월 8일 러시아 우주선을 타고 국제 스페이스 스테이션을 향해 발사될 때에 자랑스러운 한국의 대표적 음식인 김치도 함께 올라간다. Three top government research institutes spent millions of dollars and several years perfecting a version of kimchi that would not turn dangerous when exposed to cosmic rays or other forms of radiation and would not put off non-Korean astronauts with its pungency. Their so-called space kimchi won approval this month from Russian authorities. "This will greatly help my mission," said Ko, who is training in Russia, in a statement transmitted through the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. "When you're working in spacelike conditions and aren't feeling too well, you miss Korean food." Kimchi has been a staple of Koreans' diets for centuries. These days, South Koreans consume 1.6 million tons a year. Kimchi is most commonly made with cabbage and other vegetables and a variety of seasonings, including red chili peppers, perfectly OK for consumption on Earth, but not in space. "The key was how to make a bacteria-free kimchi while retaining its unique taste, color and texture," said Lee Ju-woon at the Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute, who began working on the project in 2003 with samples of kimchi provided by his mother. He said his team found a way to kill the bacteria with radiation while retaining most of the original taste. And that's not all. "During our research, we found a way to slow down the fermentation of kimchi for a month so that it can be shipped around the world at less cost," Lee said. "This will help globalize kimchi.... (ⓒ 2008The New York Times) (ⓒ 2008 usabriefing.net)
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