Fermented Food

I’m a fan of fermented food. At the beginning of this year, I set an arbitrary new year’s resolution to try 100 types of fermented food. This would mean about 2 different food every week. While I haven’t been able to stick to the resolution, it has introduced me to many foods that I would not have tried otherwise.

Besides the regular stuff like miso and yogurt, I’ve added the following to my diet:

Kefir

This is a drink that resembles yogurt somewhat but more sour and less thick. I’ve had opportunity to get hold of some kefir grains and to make the drink at home (find out how to make kefir). The taste and consistency takes a while to get used to, but I’m really enjoying it after the initial adjustment.

Milk Kefir from KefirBlog.com

Kefir,a yogurt-like drink

Yakult

Another fermented milk drink but this is a commercial product from Japan. It’s available in many places in Asia. I like the taste of this right off the bat but it’s kind of high in sugar so this should be an occasional treat.

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Yakult, sweet fermented milk drink

Sauerkraut

Fermented cabbage. It took a long time to pound the heck out of the huge bunch of cabbage so that all the juice would flow out. I made a batch in March and there’s still half of it left even though I’m eating it regularly. It’s tangy and crunchy and I’ve been eating it with sausages and porridge. Tried eating it plain but that wasn’t for me ;p

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Choucroute garnie, a Sauerkraut dish (gotta try it sometime)