Thursday, January 3, 2013

Kim-Chee!


I've posted this recipe in the past but not in quite a while. Today I tasted a new batch of kim-chee that has been fermenting for a couple weeks and it is--I have to say--on of my better batches. Anyhow, the recipe is below, but if you'd like to learn more about kim-chee, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods (how to make them and why they are good for you), read this post.


Kim Chi
(Korean-Style Sauerkraut) 

1 head Napa cabbage, cut into two-inch pieces
1 small daikon, grated
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small piece ginger, minced
1 small onion, minced
2 tablespoons chili paste
1 tablespoon sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. Transfer to a container that is wide enough to fit a few small plates inside it. Press the cabbage down and weight it with plates. Cover the container and leave at room temperature. After a day it should release enough liquid that it is submerged, if not, add a little salted water. After about 2 days small bubbles will appear, after about a week or so it will smell and taste distinctively sour. Taste it as often as you like and when the flavor is to your liking transfer the container to the refrigerator to slow its fermentation.


Urban Simplicity.

2 comments:

Sarah Park said...

I love Kim Chi. There is a nearby restaurant here in our place which offers the best one. Though, I haven't made this one myself. My kids and my partner are not so fond with this food.

Joe said...

Sarah...It's easy to make and so good for you!