Xinqi is the new name given by the Chinese government to Kimchi – a fermented dish consisting of vegetables like napa cabbage and Korean radish. This comes amid the cultural dispute between China and South Korea.
Xinqi brings together two Chinese characters – Xin (spicy) and Qi (unique or curious). This is seen positively by the Korean government as changing of the name will ensure easier distinction between Korean Kimchi and Chinese pickled vegetables – Pao Cai. Chinese sometimes refer to Kimchi as “Hanguo Pao Cai” (Korean fermented vegetables), bringing in confusion between the two distinctive dishes.


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