Kimchi (Kimchee)

1
Skip Davis

By
@Grandpaskip

A standard side dish on every Korean table. Heat level can be adjusted to suit cook's taste and that of their guests.

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Prep:
20 Min

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch
    napa cabbage
  • 1/2 c
    kosher salt
  • 8 c
    water
  • 1 medium
    daikon white radish
  • 3 small
    scallions
  • 1/2 c
    korean hot red pepper powder or flakes or to taste
  • 1 tsp
    garlic paste
  • 1 tsp
    ginger paste
  • 1 small
    cucumber (optional)

How to Make Kimchi (Kimchee)

Step-by-Step

  1. Marinate the Napa cabbage:
    Chop the leaves of cabbage into quarters. In a large pot with 8 cups of water, add 1/2 cup kosher salt and mix together with cabbage leaves. Soak cabbage in salt solution for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from brine and rinse thoroughly in cold running water for several minutes. Squeeze as much water from leaves as possible. TIP: Use salad spinner.
  2. Prepare the vegetables:
    Cut or julienne radish into thin strips using a mandolin or by hand. Chop scallions and cucumber into small pieces.
  3. Make Kimchi paste:
    In a large bowl, combine red pepper with garlic and ginger. Mix with a wooden spoon until it makes a paste. Add radish, scallions and cucumber to paste mixture. Add cabbage leaves and mix together thoroughly. Be sure all are covered with paste mixture.
  4. Marinate the Kimchi:
    In a large glass jar or non-reactive container with lid. Press down firmly to remove any air bubbles. Add reserved brine to fill and loosely screw lid on jar (gas will form as Kimchi ferments). Let jar sit on kitchen counter for 3 days and then tighten lid and place in refrigerator.
  5. To serve:
    Remove Kimchi from jar. Drain brine. Plate next to main dish or eat as a snack. Can be eaten cold or room temperature

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About Kimchi (Kimchee)

Course/Dish: Sides, Other Side Dishes
Regional Style: Asian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy




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