Korea-America Mannam Dinner 

According to an article on health.com, kimchi is one of the world's top five healthiest foods due to high amounts of vitamins A, B and C, and lactobacillus bacteria, a digestive aid. A pungent side dish consisting of cabbage fermented in garlic, salt, chili peppers and other spices, kimchi is so popular in its native Korea that people say "kimchi" instead of "cheese" when smiling for pictures.

If you're a fan of this sometimes hard-to-stomach fermented Korean specialty--or the much-easier-to-wolf-down bulgogi, a Korean dish made from thinly sliced beef marinated in soy sauce, sugar, scallions, sesame oil and garlic--be sure to stop by the Idaho Korean Association's Korea-America Mannam dinner on Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Courtyard by Marriot in Meridian.

From noon to 3 p.m., you can check out traditional Korean percussion like jing, janggu and buk, as well as traditional Korean games, paper-folding, knotting and mulberry paper crafts. From 5-7 p.m., there's an RSVP-only dinner with tae-kwon-do demos, Korean folk songs and folk dancing.

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