Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a video that I refuse to stop watching. Today, I’m happy to share it with you all here. The spectacle of the video—no, film—is almost too much for words. The beauty and serenity of this woman preparing kimchi is best watched, not discussed:
The five-minute video features our main character, chef extraordinaire, deep in the throes of a tireless and impeccably-styled pursuit of kimchi preparation, the staple Korean side dish. There are very few words spoken (none) but that doesn’t mean the video doesn’t warrant a listen. As film maker George Lucas once said, “The sound and music are 50% of the entertainment in a movie.” His sentiment holds true here—this video is ASMR sent from the heavens. Put those headphones in and crank up your volume. You’ll want to hear the crisp crackle of a napa cabbage being shorn from the earth, or the rhythmic chop the chef’s impressive blade.
The drama and the splendor of it all is a lot to behold. But behind the impressive production design is an important process at work. Kimchi is a procedure-heavy dish and as I watched the the labor necessary to bring it to fruition, I marveled at the process from start to finish. Who was this adept chef? Where was her rustic and beautiful kitchen located? What did the kimchi end up tasting like?
Unfortunately, I was unable to answer any of these questions, as all of the video’s accompanying text is in Chinese (a language I don’t speak or read). The video in question is but one of many in a Youtube account replete with similar videos. The same woman stars in each of them and prepares a bevy of dishes, each more delicious looking than the next—her commitment to technique is awe-inspiring. I know what I’ll be watching all weekend...
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