Easy Korean Kimchi Recipe
Easy Korean Kimchi
QUICK & EASY KIMCHI RECIPE (photo below)
With the new found American interest in probiotics, this Korean staple is finding its way to the American plate and palate.
Kimchi is Korea's most celebrated dish, and is the general term given to a group of fermented vegetables.
There are over 200 different kinds of Kimchi. In fact there is even a kimchi museum in Seoul, S. Korea.
According to the Korea Food Research Institute, correctly fermented kimchi contains higher amounts of lactic acid and lactic acid bacteria than dairy fermented products such as yogurt.
Kimchi contains protein, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins C, B1, B2, and niacin.
Kimchi is a must serve at Korean meals.
The following recipe uses common ingredients usually kept on hand or easily found. The ingredients are cut into small pieces for easy eating and quicker fermentation.
QUICK KIMCHI RECIPE
1 head Chinese cabbage, 2 ½ - 3lbs. (also known as Napa cabbage)
1 medium Asian radish
¼ cup coarse sea salt
4 scallions (cut into 1" pieces)
4 garlic cloves (minced)
2 tablespoons fresh ginger (minced)
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 Teaspoon sesame seeds (optional - a personal preference)
1 - Dissolve salt in 1 cup water/set aside.
2 - Thoroughly wash the cabbage/then cut into 2 inch lengths/peel Asian radish and halve it lengthwise, then halve lengthwise again - then slice thinly into ½" squares.
3 - Place cabbage and radish in a large bowl and pour salt water over them.
4 - Let soak overnight or at least 5 hours.
5 - After soaking drain vegetables BUT RETAIN SALTED WATER.
6 - Add scallions, garlic, ginger, chili powder (and optional sesame seeds).
7 - Mix all vegetables, thoroughly, by hand
(using gloves as chili powder may sting)
Pack all in a large jar (about 2 quart size)/pour the salted water over the mixture.
Leave an inch of space at the top of the jar.
Let sit for 2-3 days depending on how fermented you like your kimchi. (I like 4-5 days)
Refrigerate after opening.
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