How To Make a Spicy Korean Kimchi

Some people explore the world by traveling, but some can’t afford to do that. Traveling isn’t just the only option for you to explore the world--having a taste of the delicacies of different countries also means exploring those certain countries.  And now, we’ll go to Korea, maybe not by plane but through their famous delicacy “kimchi.”  If Germany has sauerkraut, China has paocai, Japan has tsukemono, India has achar, and other regions have pickles, kimchi is known as one of Korea’s delicious delicacies.  Kimchi is a part of the international family of pickled vegetables.

To begin with, here are the ingredients of Spicy Korean Kimchi:


·         1 pound Chinese cabbage

·         2 tablespoons salt

·         4 cups cold water

·         2 cups very hot water


·         1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

·         1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger

·         1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions

·         2 teaspoons finely chopped dried red pepper

·         2 tablespoons sugar

·         1 tablespoon salt

Step 1

Separate the cabbage leaves, and sprinkle them with salt.


Step 2

Pour in cold water, and allow the mixture to stand in a cool place for eight hours or overnight.


Step 3

Rinse the cabbage well and squeeze out excess liquid.


Step 4

Pour very hot water over the seasonings and mix well.


Step 5

Combine with cabbage leaves.


Step 6

Put the combination into a large glass bowl.


Step 7

You may have to cut the leaves in half to make them fit.


Step 8

Cover with plastic wrap, and leave in a cool place for about two days.


Step 9

Drain the leaves, and cut them into bite-size pieces.


Step 10

Pack into a glass jar until ready to serve. Makes one pound.


Kimchi is truly a survivor. Not just that it survived the long winter in Korea but will surely survive the changing lifestyles, as it has for centuries. Though Kimchi has a tangy aroma, you will still appreciate the unique taste of it. This Spicy Korean Kimchi is just one in a hundred different recipes done out of kimchi. Mat-itkae duseyo!


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