The other day, I saw my friend Bakeling made Korean Kimchi, sound easy to make. Since last two days napa cabbage was on sales, i quickly bought one and try this out.
She used chili paste instead the usual way of using chili flakes. She even use local chili paste only. According to her the taste was good. Anyway, I use the Korean chili paste (Gochujang) . And this Korean chili paste has flavoured, so i added less fish sauce.
She also omitted the usual way of adding Cincalok (fermented small shrimps), and I find the Kimchi still taste good and the taste is quite close if compare to store bought Korean kimchi.
I noticed that the kimchi only took 1/2day to fermented, anyway I still kept in room temperature for 1 day then only refrigerated.
I also recorded and weighted all ingredients used, so I can control the consistency of my Kimchi if I going to make again in the future and for your better reference.
Korean Kimchi 韩国辛奇泡菜
1 medium napa cabbage (~780g)40g coarse salt (5% over total cabbage weight)
50g radish, shredded20g carrot, shredded20g Chives, cut into 2” length1 spring onion, cut into 2” length
A)50g apple, cubed65g pear, cubed50g yellow onion, cubed15g garlic, chopped15g ginger,chopped1/4tsp salt
B)60g Korean chili paste (Gochujang)60g water1/2tbsp sugar10g glutinous rice flour
10ml fish sauceMethod
- Remove the core from the cabbage and cut it into 1" pieces. In a very large bowl, add the cabbages and toss with the salt. Place a clean plate and heavy object on top.
- Put in room temperature for 1 and ½ hour, remove and squeeze the excess water from the cabbage making it crunchier.
- At the same time, prepare shredded radish and carrot. Add a pinch of salt, and rest for 30mins, remove and squeeze the excess water.
- Cut the chives and spring onion into 2” length, keep aside.
- Put all ingredients (A) in a blender and process until fine paste, set aside.
- In a saucepan, put all ingredients (B) and stir well. Cook over low heat and stirring all the time till become a paste.
- In a large mixing bowl, add cabbage, all other ingredients and fish sauce, mix well. Taste it and add more fish sauce or chili sauce as desired.
- Place the kimchi in a clean glass jar, let it sit at room temperature for 1day for fermentation (when weather is hot). You can now start to enjoy or refrigerate for later use.Notes:
1. Advise to use glass jar, instead of plastic containers for better food safety purposes.2. Do not fully fill Kimchi into the jar, leave some gap, as in the fermentation process, it will create air bubbles and push the Kimchi to the top. Try to push back Kimchi to mix with water as to prevent it contaminated.3. If possible, at the last stage of cleaning cabbage, use cooked water instead, to prevent Kimchi from contaminated.
Recipe reference: Bakeling, by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover