Cultural Food Story – Min Ho Kang

My special food : Kimchi


Today, it is very ordinary to eat kimchi in South Korea. Kimchi is important to my whole life because I eat kimchi almost everyday with rice, soup, and noodles. When I was very young, I used to avoid kimchi because it was too spicy and salty. However, after my grandma made kimchi for me, I started to like it. Currently, my grandma sends kimchi to eat every year, and I really enjoy eating it. Also, kimchi is extremely healthy for you. How is it healthy, and how do you make kimchi?

Kimchi is loaded with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit is the healthy bacteria called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods like kimchi and yogurt. This healthy bacteria helps with digestion. Also, according to a recent study, it prevents yeast infections. Finally, fermented cabbage has compounds that prevents the growth of cancer.

Long time ago in Korea, to ensure a supply of food through the long korean winter, vegetables and fish began to be preserved. However, it was also found possible to pickle vegetables in seawater, and it is thought that as the supply of salt became relatively reliable, people learned how to keep vegetables fresh for long periods by salting. The earliest documentary evidence is found in China’s first anthology of poetry, the Book of Odes, which is believed to have been compiled between 2,600 and 3,000 years ago. In this book appears a Chinese character meaning salting, which shows that a prototype of kimchi already existed at this early date.

Kimchi tastes very delicious, and it is extremely healthy for you. I eat it everyday, every month, and every year. It is one of my special foods.

Brief story & recipe for my special kimchi


Once upon a time, there was a woman who was an expert of kimchi. However, she had a grandson who hated kimchi because it was too spicy and salty. Since kimchi was so healthy, she wanted her grandson to eat it. Therefore, she made a new kimchi that nobody ever made.



I head napa cabbage

4 scallions

½ head garlic

½ small nugget ginger

½ cup ground dried(preferably Korean) hot pepper

1 tablespoon rice powder

½ cup hot pepper paste

¼ cup soy sauce

½ tablespoon salted shrimp

¼ cup plum liquid

Lots of table salt



  1. Thoroughly clean the cabbage and then chop up the leaves into squares.
  2. In a big bowl, scoop in a layer of cabbage then salt liberally. Repeat till all the cabbage is used. Wait about two hours until the cabbage gets limp. While this is happening, make the spicy kimchi mix.
  3. Put the garlic, , ginger, salted shrimp, soy sauce, hot pepper paste, and plum liquid into the blender and blend.

(Sugar is replaced by plum liquid because plum liquid is healthier and tastes better!)

  1. Put the spicy mix into a bowl and add chopped scallions, and the rice powder paste.
  2. After two hours, thoroughly rinse the salted cabbage in water.
  3. Combine the rinsed cabbage and spicy mixture in one giant bowl. Make sure all the cabbage is coated with the spices.
  4. Place in a clean jar and let it sit out for at least 48 hours.
  5. Refrigerate and enjoy!

kimchi 1

kimchi 2

kimchi 3

kimchi 4

kimchi 5


Thank you for reading.

Student Led Conference – PE

What activities/sports did we do this year so far in PE


  • This year, we did different sports such as volleyball, swimming, water polo, basketball, and archery. Also, we did various activities such as 7 minute run challenge, mystery box game, and pacer.


What were your highlights


  • One of my highlights was when I tried pacer. Pacer is when you run the gym back and forth. When I first tried pacer, I could run 41 times. However, after I did lots of activities and sports in PE class, I could improve my fitness. Now, I can run at least 60 times.


What were your challenges/successes


  • My challenge was 7 minute run challenge, which you have to run constantly for 7 minutes. However, I couldn’t run constantly. I had to rest for one or two minutes to run again. My biggest success was playing volleyball. I didn’t know how to pass the ball in correct ways, but now, I can pass accurately.


Describe your attitude and effort in PE


  • I think that I participated in almost every activities actively, and contributed to make my team win. During pacer, I tried as hard as I could to reach my highest record. I was very happy to learn new sports like basketball. I didn’t how to dribble well, but I think I became more familiar with playing basketball now.


Focus on one project to show to your parents.


  • During my PE class, my group and I worked on basketball skills videos. These videos are about different skills that you can use when you play basketball. We showed some examples such as ‘between your legs’.

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Video 4

Video 5

Video 6

Student Led Conference – Language Arts

Two assignments are :


Pecha Kucha script and presentation – Pecha Kucha is a presentation format where you show images and, each for 20 seconds. After we read dystopian novels, used this presentation format to share our books. The purpose of the artifact is to share and suggest books. To make this presentation, you need to find images for slides, and scripts to present. In the scripts, you need to write introduction, setting, characters, plot, and theme.


Close reading example from “Abandoned Farmhouse” – Close reading is a reading strategy where you find deeper meanings of the reading pieces. For a poem called “Abandoned Farmhouse”, after close reading, I found lots of facts that the author didn’t say. to close read, first, you have to broadly read the text. Then, you close read each paragraph. Close reading is very helpful because you can understand the story more.

  • In which area have you noticed the most improvement?  How do you know?


I think that my writing skills improved a lot. In this semester, we did lots of writings, and as I started to learn new things, my grade also improved than before.


  • Describe a skill you have learned this year that you will definitely use next year.


One of my skills I would use next year is called close reading. Next year, we will read new writings and learn new skills, and I think that I need a skill called close reading to understand the writings better.

Pecha Kucha script and presentation

Abandoned Farmhouse

Student Led Conference – Cooking/Nutrition

During this first quarter of cooking, we learned about different nutrients. In this class, we cooked some food and worked on variety of presentations, projects, and quizzes. We also ate food that we cooked. In this class, the most improvement I noticed was cooking. When we were first cooking, we didn’t know what to do. However, we feel very confident of cooking. The first food came out pretty bad, but recently, we cooked protein food and it was very delicious. The best successes in this class were the water presentation and quizzes. How do I know? Because I got good grades on them,especially the quizzes. One of the challenges I faced in this class was the bento box. We had to design our own bento box, but it was hard to make them. For example, I had challenges such as boiling broccolis and sausages. Also, decorating was very hard. One of the skills I learned was checking ingredient lists. It tells you so much information about that food. It is important because you can be healthier if you check ingredient lists and buy healthier foods. If I was to redo a piece of work for this class, I would rewrite my blog post for my bento box because I couldn’t write much. I feel very confident about cooking, because after I cooked, my cooking skills improved. I hope to use my skills and knowledge I learned in cooking/nutrition class.







Student Led Conference – Science

One of the most challenging unit in science was climate change and global warming. They were even harder than chemical reactions because there were many factors of climate change and global warming. Climate change is a change in weather patterns, and global warming is an increase of temperature of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. In this unit, we watched several TED talks and read articles. Some of the articles were easy to learn and understand, but others were hard to read. We finished two main projects, climate analysis presentation, and global warming essay. In climate analysis presentation, we had to pick a city and explain about climate changes in that city. In global warming essay, we had to write a five-paragraph essay using TED talks and articles. I think climate analysis presentation was easier to write because we didn’t have to work much to finish it. However, I think global warming essay was more fun to work.


Climate Change Analysis


Global Warming essay

Student Led Conference – Exploratory Writing

I chose the introductory paragraph essay and the first opening paragraph because I felt good about these two assessments. I got high scores on each assignments, especially the first opening paragraph. Therefore, I wanted to show my parents to tell them how I improved my writing skills. These particular pieces of assessments show that I improved in different ways. First, I learn how to build good writing structures. With this, I could write more stabled writings. Second, I started to write interesting hooks to catch readers’ attentions. I also used evidences to support my writings. For example, in the first opening paragraph, I used facts to write a better opening paragraph. If I could redo one assessment, I would redo my second opening paragraph. First, my hook wasn’t interesting enough to grab readers’ attentions. I couldn’t improve my counterclaim. Also, I could have use better words for my opening paragraph. So, I want to rewrite my second opening paragraph to fix my hook and counterclaim, and my vocabularies. I carefully read every feedback, and I tried to fix my writings according to the feedback. One of my skills I need to continue working on this next quarter is writing better hooks. Hook is the only way to get readers’ attentions, and I couldn’t write an effective hook. Another skill I need to work on is to use better vocabularies. I heard from many people that I should use better vocabularies for my assessments. I think I should work hard to achieve my writing goals.


First Opening Paragraph: 

Min Ho Kang

Mr. Jardin

8G Exploratory Writing

13 February 2015

Smartphones : Are they really good for you?

Smartphones are a very important part of our lives. Already, there are one billion smartphones globally, and a large number of people severely rely on smartphones, which is not that great. Today, smartphones are a pragmatic, essential tool for lots of different situations. However, smartphones are actually extremely harmful for you. Others may hold the opinion that with smartphones, you can entertain yourself, and manage time. However, the evidence shows that you can be addicted to smartphones easily. 65% of the population use smartphones while standing in the grocery shops or in the market and rest 35% of the population use smartphones during their way. When you are addicted to smartphones, you can’t do anything else, except for looking at them. Smartphones are not good for us because they degenerate eyesights, cyber bullying can occur, and you can be addicted to smartphones.


Second Opening Paragraph:

Min Ho Kang

Mr. Jardin

8G Exploratory Writing

26 February 2015

Wind power is not effective

Today, windmills are very common to find because scientists had invented to gather wind energy. Wind power is currently the fastest-growing energy source of electricity production in the world. Instead of burning fuels, it is made by windmills, which cause no damage to the environment. Also, a single windmill can power 500 homes, which is extremely effective. However, windmills are actually not that efficient as you think. A common argument against this position is that wind power is a clean energy source, and no need to drill. The fact suggests that the wind is inconsistent and unsteady, as a result of limited amount of energy. Wind power is not good for people because windmills make too much noise, they impact wildlife, and the wind is not consistent and steady.


Introductory Essay:

Min Ho Kang

Mr. Jardin

8D Exploratory Writing

19 January 2015

Would You Rather be Smart and Unlucky or Dumb and Really Lucky?

Do you know Frane Selak? He is the Croatian music teacher who is called the luckiest person in the world because he cheated death seven times. A large number of people wish to become smart and lucky. When you take a test, you should be smart enough to get correct answers. If you want to win the lottery, you should be lucky to win it. Both knowledge and luck are necessary, but which one would you choose if you have to be smart and unlucky, or dumb and really lucky?

I would rather be dumb and really lucky because luck is more necessary than knowledge when you live. if you are lucky, you can improve your brain to become smarter. However, you can’t change the luck. If you are unlucky, you might forget things that you’ve learned. Also, there are many things that luck is required but not smartness. For example, to win the lottery, or to have a successful surgery, luck is extremely essential in order to earn money, or survive. I wouldn’t be happy if I was smart and unlucky because you can’t do much things if you are smart. It is very limited. For example, knowledge is only needed when you study. I think that safety and happiness are the most important in my life, but even though you are very smart, you can’t stop car accidents, or different kinds of natural disasters. Therefore, I think that to live a happy life, you should be lucky, not smart.

In conclusion, I think that luck is more significant than knowledge. It is obvious that you need to be smart and lucky to live a great live, but if you have to choose only one, these are the reasons why you should choose luck. Knowledge can’t change luck, but luck can change knowledge.





Student Led Conference Reflection – Social Studied

During our social studies class, we wrote several DBQ writing pieces, and presentations. However, the two specific assignments that I liked were female Japanese silk factory workers during the Industrial Revolution DBQ and the Protestant Reformation DBQ and the corresponding narrative I created about a teenager encountering an alien in 16th century Germany. These two assignments helped me to understand how evidence is used to supprort thesis statements. Evidence is the only way to argue your thoughts. For example, in Industrial Revolution DBQ, the evidence made the essay easier and stronger. Here are the hyperlinks of my assignments :

Industrial Revolution DBQ

Protestant Reformation DBQ

Corresponding marrative

Student Led Conference – Mandarin 2

Describe one of your best successes in this class. What did you do to make it so successful?

One of my best successes is when I learned about weather. I barely knew about weather, but I could learn how to use appropriate words about weathers. I studied and made a video to actually use what I learned in mandarin class.

Describe a challenge you faced in this class. What did you do to overcome that challenge?

A challenge that I faced in this class was when I was editing videos that my partner and I recorded. I had no problems of vocabularies or making sentences, but I had difficulties of editing.

Weather project 

In the weather project, my partner and I had to write a script of a weather forecast in a specific place and record a video. During this project, I learned so many vocabularies about weather, and learned how to make good sentences using the vocabularies that I learned. One of the challenges was editing the video.

Food project 

In the food project, my partner and I had to write a script about food and restaurant and record a video. During this project, I learned different types of cuisine in China and vocabularies to use in the restaurant. One of the challenges was recording the video because my partner and I kept forgetting our parts.


During our mandarin unit, we learned about sickness. We studied vocabularies such as 医院(hospital), or 护士(nurse). The main project of the unit was creating a dialogue about sickness. I worked with Minh Long, Huei, and Kaitlan. The most interesting thing that I learned was different vocabularies about sickness. I learned many word that are useful. Also, creating a dialogue was also fun because I could use the words that I learned.


Chinese Version


在家 Home

Huei (Patient) : 爸爸!我想我生病了,咳嗽, 还头痛!

Minh Long (Dad) :你去看医生了吗?

Huei: 我还没去呢。

Minh Long: 好的。我们一起去看医生。

Huei: 等一下我要去厕所。

Minh Long: 好的! 我等你去厕所。


Minh Long: 走吧。


在医生 Hospital


Minh Long: 你好。


Minh Long: 我的儿子生病了.


Minh Long:好的.

*Doctor comes over*

Min Ho: 我听说你的儿子生病了。

*Doctor turns to son*

Min Ho: 你哪里不舒服?

Huei: 我生病了,咳嗽, 还头痛!

Kaitlan: 跟我来我给你药.

*Kaitlan gives Huei the medicine*

Minh Long: 我要回到我的车去拿我的钱。

*Minh Long gets the money*

Huei: 多少钱?

Kaitlan: 是三百元.

Minh Long: 好的。

*Minh Long gives money to Kaitlan*

Kaitlan: 谢谢。

Min Ho: 谢谢你。

Minh Long, Huei: 谢谢,再见!

Minh Long, Huei: 走吧!


English Version


Huei : Dad! I think I am sick, have cough and headache!

Minh Long : Did you go to the hospital yet?

Huei:I haven’t gone yet.

Minh Long: Let’s go to the hospital.

Huei: Wait I need to go to the toilet.

Minh Long: Okay I will wait.

Huei: Im done!

Minh Long: Lets go!



Huei : Hi

Minh Long : Hi

Kaitlan : Hello. Why are you here?

Minh Long : My son is sick.

Kaitlan : Please wait, I will call a doctor.

*Doctor comes over*

Min Ho : I heard that your son is sick.

*Doctor turns to son*

Min Ho : Where is not comfortable?

Huei : I am sick, have cough and headache.

Kaitlan : Follow me, I will give you medicine.

*Kaitlan gives Huei the medicine*

Minh Long : I will go back to my car to get my money.

*Minh Long gets the money*

Huei : How much is it?

Kaitlan : It is 200 yuan.

Minh Long : Okay

*Minh Long gives money to Kaitlan*

Kaitlan : Thank you.

Min Ho : Thank you so much.

Minh Long, Huei : Thank you, bye.

Minh Long, Huei : Let’s go


PinYin Version

Zàijiā Home

Huei (Patient): Bàba! Wǒ xiǎng wǒ shēngbìngle, késòu, hái tóutòng!

Minh Long (Dad): Nǐ qù kàn yīshēngle ma?

Huei: Wǒ hái méi qù ne.

Minh Long: Hǎo de. Wǒmen yīqǐ qù kàn yīshēng.

Huei: Děng yīxià wǒ yào qù cèsuǒ.

Minh Long: Hǎo de! Wǒ děng nǐ qù cèsuǒ.

Huei: Wǒ shàng wánliǎo

Minh Long: Zǒu ba.


Zài yīshēng Hospital

Huei: Nǐ hǎo.

Minh Long: Nǐ hǎo.

Kaitlan: Nǐ hǎo. Nǐ wèishéme zài zhèlǐ?

Minh Long: Wǒ de ér zǐ shēngbìngle.

Kaitlan: Qǐng děng yīxià, wǒ qù jiào yīshēng.

Minh Long: Hǎo de.

*Doctor comes over*

Min Ho: Wǒ tīng shuō nǐ de ér zǐ shēngbìngle.

*Doctor turns to son*

Min Ho: Nǐ nǎlǐ bú shūfú?

Huei: Wǒ shēngbìngle, késòu, hái tóutòng!

Kaitlan: Gēn wǒ lái wǒ gěi nǐ yào.

*Kaitlan gives Huei the medicine*

Minh Long: Wǒ yào huí dào wǒ de jū qù ná wǒ de qián.

*Minh Long gets the money*

Huei: Duōshǎo qián?

Kaitlan: Shì sānbǎi yuán.

Minh Long: Hǎo de.

*Minh Long gives money to Kaitlan*

Kaitlan: Xièxiè.

Min Ho: Xièxiè nǐ.

Minh Long, Huei: Xièxiè, zàijiàn!

Minh Long, Huei: Zǒu ba!

Bento Box Project

Bento Box is a home-packed meal that are common in Japan. The earliest records of Bento Box date back to around fifth century. When people were going out for hunting, they carried food with them. Nowadays, it is easy and fun to make. You can design in anyway you want, but I made my Bento Box with various nutrition and ingredients. For example, I toasted two slices of bread and added sticky rice for carbohydrates. I added apples for vitamin, and I cooked sausages for protein.  Protein helps to grow muscle and repair cells. These are my ingredients list :

Sticky rice – 1 cup

3 strawberries

1 apple

½ kiwis (sliced)

4 small little sausages

Seaweed (2 packs)

1 carrot

2 slices of white bread

1 pack of mozzarella cheese

1 egg

4 broccolis

I used seaweeds for decoration.


This is my procedure for the bento box I made :

  1. Prepare materials
  2. Use sticky rice to shape like angry birds; place them at the corner of the lunch box.
  3. Fry sausages, and place them above the sticky rice.
  4. Wash broccolis and place them next to sausages.
  5. Place apples, strawberry, and kiwis next to sausages. Decorate them.
  6. Toast bread and melt mozzarella cheese.
  7. fry egg and make pac man decoration.
  8. Eat!







Finally, I finished making my own Bento Box. It was fun to make, and kind of challenging. I feel very happy because I cooked all of them by myself.