In an earlier lifetime – immediately after finishing college – I moved to Elberton, Ga. to work for the town’s twice-weekly newspaper. A few months after I arrived, a Korean family moved into the house next door. Before I introduced myself to them, I noticed that they were constantly digging holes in the backyard, burying and extracting containers.
Elberton, like every small town, was obsessed with barbecue. Learning this, the Korean family invited me to a barbecue dinner of their shredded, spicy steak called bulgogi.
The buried containers turned out to be full of fermenting kimchi, the spicy cabbage that’s now dumped on everything from bulgogi-filled tacos to hot dogs and scrambled eggs. There’s even a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” named Kimchi.