Korean Kimchi from the Source

Korean Kimchi from the Source

You can make authentic kimchi easily at home plus, you can eat it right after you make it. When the kimchi becomes sour, use in kimchi hot pots and stir fry dishes.

Ingredients: 1 Chinese cabbage's worth

Chinese cabbage
1 head
Coarse salt (pickling salt)
about 300 g
Coarsely ground chili pepper for kimchi
100 g
Daikon radish
Green onion
3 to 4 stalks
Ginger (grated)
20 g
Garlic (grated)
30 g
Onion (grated)
Apple (grated)
Salt cured ami ebi (small shrimp)
50 to 60 g
Sardine extract (or fish sauce)
2 to 3 tablespoons
1 teaspoon
1 teaspoon
Cooked rice
about 60 g
50 to 80 ml


1. Wash the Chinese cabbage, make cuts in the stem end and rip into half with your hands. Rip into half again to end up with 4 quarters.
2. Make a high concentrate salt water in a large tub or bowl, and completely immerse the Chinese cabbage in it. Leave to soak so that the salt water penetrates to the core.
3. When the leaves have become wilted, take the cabbage out and drain it off. Peeling back the leaves one by one, sprinkle in some salt, concentrating on the cores.
4. Line the salted cabbage quarters in a pickling tub, add a weight and leave to pickle for 1/2 to 1 whole day or so. Turn it over occasionally so that it cures evenly.
5. When the salt-pickled cabbage is done, rinse it well under running water. It should taste a bit salty.
6. Put the cabbage on a sieve or colander and leave to drain and dry for 3 to 4 hours.
7. When the salted cabbage is done, make the yangnyeom (kimchi base). Prepare each ingredient.
8. Cut the daikon radish into 3 to 4 mm wide sticks. Cut the green onion into 4 cm long pieces. Grate the ginger, garlic, onion and apple.
9. In Step 8, chop up the ginger and garlic and then purée it in the food processor.
10. Put the rice and water in a food processor, and process until it forms a gluey paste. Adjust the amount of water depending on the consistency of the rice.
11. From this point on, be sure to work with rubber gloves!! Ideally use ones that have long sleeves. Otherwise, regular rubber gloves are fine.
12. Put all the ingredients in a bowl (leave out the salted cabbage out) and mix together well with your hands.
13. When it looks like this it's all good (This is the yangnyeom.)
14. Peel off the dried salted Chinese cabbage leaves, and spread each one with a little yangnyeom. Take special care to put plenty of yangnyeom on the cores.
15. Wrap the cabbage leaves around each other with the core in the center, and it's done! Put into a sealed ziplock bag or similar, and put the bag into a sealed container and store in the refrigerator. Take out however much you'd like to enjoy each time.
16. If you want to easily make a small amount, mix salted and dried Chinese cabbage that's been cut up into easy to eat pieces with yangnyeom. This is even easier.

Story Behind this Recipe

Just when I was thinking "I want to make my own authentic kimchi!" I had a chance to learn how to do so from a Korean friend. Since then, I've been experimenting and researching the method (while receiving feedback) to come up with this recipe.