Mul (Water) Kimchi Instant Pickles

Mul (Water) Kimchi Instant Pickles

Delicious mul kimchi that you can enjoy on hot days, juice and all! By adding vinegar and sugar you can make and eat this version of simple, instant pickles on the same day.

Ingredients: 2-3 servings

Daikon radish
8 cm
4 cm
Myoga ginger
1 clove
Sliced ginger
1 slice
Red chili powder (optional)
1 teaspoon
Kombu tea or kombu based dashi stock
1 teaspoon
1 1/2 teaspoons
2 teaspoons
1/2 to 1 tablespoon
Mineral water (spring water, etc)
300 ml


1. If you grate the garlic and ginger they will cloud up the brine, so slice them thinly instead. Cut all the other vegetables into 4 cm long strips.
2. Cut the myoga ginger in half into diagonal strips. It's also delicious with Japanese parsley, wageki scallions, Chinese chives, etc.
3. Combine all the vegetables you're going to pickle and apply salt. Mix together well and let it sit for a while until they begin to dehydrate.
4. Once they have begun to dehydrate, apply the kombu kelp tea, red chili powder, sugar, and vinegar. Mix well and let it all blend together for 10-20 minutes.
5. It's ok to use regular water, but since you can drink the pickling juice from the mul kimchi, it'll be even tastier if you use high quality water. Store in the refrigerator and add the water just before you eat it!
6. Adding ice when you present it at the table can really improve the presentation. As for the chili pepper, you can also use small round slices, but in that case only use a small amount!
7. [Additional] As these are instant pickles, it's different than fermented mul kimchi. However if you let it sit for a few days, it will ferment and become the real deal!
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Story Behind this Recipe

I get cravings for this mul kimchi on hot days. Since real pickling and fermentation take a little time, on those days I use some vinegar to enjoy this instant mul kimchi. Since you can enjoy both the kimchi and the juice, using high quality water makes it extra tasty.