Kimchi: Koreans angry over attempted Chinese takeover

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South Koreans have leaped to the defense of a dish that has earned a reputation as the nation’s “soul food,” but which a Chinese newspaper contends is part of China’s culinary culture. Julian Ryall reports. Social media users and South Korea’s outspoken tabloid media have reacted with fury to a claim that China has been awarded certification from the International Organization for Standardization for “pao cai” — a pickled vegetable dish from Sichuan — as the definitive version of “kimchi,” the spicy staple that is said to embody the soul of the Korean people. In a provocatively worded article, China’s state-run Global Times newspaper reported that the ISO had recognized “pao cai” as “an international standard for the kimchi industry, led by China.”

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