Classic Nappa Cabbage & Daikon Kimchi
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Kimchi is the type of condiment that never really goes bad. The taste will change, the color may change. If some mold starts to appear on the top of the kimchi, remove it with a spoon and eat what's under. I personally never had a problem with mold but dont worry, it doesnt make the kimchi unsafe to eat. That's the beauty of fermented veggies :)
Recipe type: Fermented - Condiment
Cuisine: Korean
  • 1.884kg Napa cabbage
  • 1\3 cup of solar salt (or pickling salt / sea salt)
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves, minced (1 tightly packed tablespoon)
  • 2 tightly packed, hooping teaspoon of freshly grated ginger
  • 1 1\2 teaspoon of cane sugar
  • 3 teaspoons of fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of kochukaru (korean red pepper flakes)
  • 8 green onions, chopped in tubes, then each cubes in 4-6 slices - white and green makes about 1 tightly packed cup
  • 300g of chopped in thin slices rectangles, makes about 3 tightly packed cup of chopped daikon, almost 1 big one
  1. - Clean and cut your veggies in the desired shapes. Personally, I like my cabbage to be in small squares or rectangles and the rest in thin, long strips because it looks visually appealing and it's easy to eat with chopsticks.
  2. - In a big mixing bowl, add your previously cut cabbage with the solar salt. Make sure to rub all the cabbage with the salt with your hands, add a plastic wrap on top and let sit on the counter for 1h.
  3. - Prepare your "sauce" by mixing all the other ingredients together except the cut daikon and the cut green onions. Reserve
  4. - Once your cabbage is ready, rinse it well under cold water, making sure to squeeze all the water and a big part of the salt out. Then, let it sit for 20 minutes, over the sink, in a strainer.
  5. - Place the cabbage in a mixing bowl, add the sliced daikon and green onions to the bowl.
  6. - Put on plastic gloves (I usually use 2 small sandwich bags over my hands) and mix in the "sauce" mixture with the cabbage. With your plastic covered hands, rub each pieces of cabbage and daikon with the mixture till everything looks as uniform as possible. Take your time, this take a minute or two.
  7. - Clean some wide mouth masson jars with a lot of soap and very hot water before packing your kimchi in to the jars. Press on the kimchi as you pack it with a tart temper covered in plastic wrap or with your hands. Leave about ½ inches of head space on top and press again once last time to drown the kimchi under the brine. Seal the jars loosely to let some air pass through. If you seal the jars too tight, they can explore as the fermentation happen.
  8. - Leave in a dark place (OUTSIDE THE FRIDGE) for a minimum of 5-7 days before transferring it in the fridge. Every day, open the jars and press on the kimchi's head to drown everything under the brine. Taste after the fifth day to check the taste and place it in he fridge when you like the taste.
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