Ethnic fare for your fridge

Kimchi and Korean Meal magnet sets are a cute way to decorate your refrigerator and celebrate Korean cuisine

Pictured: Korean Meal Set MoMA Store

They may not be the most functional kitchen accessories, but these Korean-themed magnets are a good reminder that sometimes it's nice to splurge on useless trinkets.

The magnet sets were designed for the MoMA's Destination: Seoul collection by Hui Eun Chang, intended as a celebration of South Korean traditions and lifestyle. The Korean Meal set features bean-paste pot stew, fried fish, rice, fried egg, and kimchi. If one plate of Kimchi isn't enough, you can opt for the Kimchi set, which includes stuffed cucumber kimchi, radish kimchi, DongChiMi (a variety consisting of daikon radish, Chinese cabbage, spring onions, fermented green chili, ginger, Korean pear, and watery brine), and cabbage kimchi.

Pictured: Kimchi Set MoMA Store

The sets remind me of some my more memorable dining experiences. Since I work just a stone's throw away from Manhattan's famous Chinatown, most of the local lunch venues provide bibimbap, a Korean dish featuring rice, vegetables, meat, and fried egg. During the summers, local specialty farmers make their own kimchi and sell it in a variety of flavors at the farmer's markets in the city. In general, as one of the world's most celebrated melting pots of ethnic traditions and cuisines, New York City has been a great place to sample some of the Korean dishes featured in this magnet set.

The sets are crafted out of clay, resin, and iron, and are available for $30 each from the MoMA Design Store.

About the author

    Jenn Lowell spent her time at the University of Colorado building robots and other toys before earning her graduate degree in mechatronics and mechanical engineering. She is a self-proclaimed lover of anything that runs off of electricity and has moving parts or motors. Currently pulling double-duty as a high school science teacher and freelance blogger, she has free time seldom enough to deeply appreciate the modern technological conveniences that give her more of it. She is a long-time recreational blogger currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY.


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