Monday, August 03, 2009

EastCoastLife's Kimchi - FM, RT

ingredients for making kimchi

Sayre is hosting Fun Monday and she wants a step-by-step guide (pictures encouraged) for making my favorite summertime dish. This can be an entree, a vegetable, a casserole, or a dessert.

I made a Korean side dish.... the famous Kimchi!! Koreans serve kimchi at almost every meal. It's a winter dish but in tropical Singapore, my family and I love to eat this chilled spicy salad. It is easy to prepare and I usually make a huge quantity to give away.

Kimchi is a healthy dish, its all vegetables, something we all need a lot more of in our diet.

Ingredients :
3 Napa cabbage
1 bunch of scallions
1 raddish (shredded)
rice vinegar
sesame oil
Kosher salt (or sea salt)
Korean chilli powder (coarse)
a walnut sized knob of ginger (diced)
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
sesame seeds (roasted more flavourful)
sugar (optional)


Soak cabbage in salt water for 3 - 4 hours.

Trim scallions, slice the white part down the center, then cut into strips diagonally.

Combine the chilli, sesame seeds, ginger and crushed garlic into a sauce bowl. Add enough sesame oil to moisten everything, and an equal amount of rice vinegar (enough to make a paste). Toss gently but thoroughly, then spread the paste onto the cabbage. Make sure cabbage is well drained before adding the chilli paste.

cover and chill in the refrigerator for 3 days

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to the amounts,it's all done 'to taste', Keep the kimchi in the refrigerator for 3 days before eating.
Have it on toast, with rice, a side dish or as a soup. Enjoy!



First Commenter - sasha

53 comments:

  1. ah, kimchi is such an appetizer! now i got my mouth all watery by looking at the photographs. :p

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  2. They have seafood kimchi too. Have you tasted it? I tried it once before. It was ok. Guess I am not a big fan of kimchi although I do eat them.

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  3. I will have to try this out. My husband LOVES kimchi. And my brother is working in Korea right now - he loves it too. His girlfriend is coming this week to visit and meet our family - she might like some!!!!

    Thanks for playing!

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  4. I am not that much into Kimchi but my wife did. She likes it very much.

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  5. I wanna try ur Kimchi! Hope it's not too spicy. :D

    My RT post is up too.

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  6. Ms ECL, that looks so simple to make. But I have not acquired the taste of kimchi.

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  7. Looks like it is reasonably easy to prepare. I always want to think kimchi is the korean version of our "archa" we have during cny. lol

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  8. Wow u know how to make kimchi sweetie? It looks good! Must keep refrigerated for 3 days prior to eating eh?

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  9. Thanks for the recipe, a yummy way to kick off your Monday...and mine! Hugs! :)

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  10. That looks delicious!
    I love home made Kimchi :)!

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  11. Sounds fun! The idea of a Fun Monday sounds interesting too. What is it about?

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  12. I have never tried Kimchi...but I love cabbage, so I think this is something I may like. Will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and Happy FM

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  13. I never have the chance to taste Kimchi, maybe it is now time for me to try it. Thank you for your post.

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  14. I'm sure the pictures don't do justice to the dish.It sounds delicious and I will certainly try out the recipe during my vacation in the South of France in a few days.It'll surprise everyone I'm sure.Thanks!
    Anyway I love sesame oil and pickle-ish things accompanying rice.

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  15. That sounds delicious ! I would be carefu with the chili, but all the other ingredients are perfect ! I don't know exactly what rice vinegar is, but I suppose I could use the balsamic vinegar too (or another)
    My recepe is written in 3 words, lol !

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  16. I love kimchi. When I was in North Korea the Koreans served kimchi at every meal. I think it is their national dish.

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  17. I have never tried kimchi. I might have to give it a try. Would it work well with other types of cabbage?

    My Fun Monday post is up (finally).

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  18. Sounds wonderful! I've heard of kimchi before, never tried it though.

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  19. same like Mei, I am not a big fan of kimchi. I'm ok with it when served to me but but not really something I'll crave to eat.

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  20. Am loving these show and tell recipes this week for Fun Monday. Our summertime favorites say a lot about our culture. Seems like every cuisine has its own varities of relishes and side dishes. I've always heard of kimchi, but never knew how to make it. Now I do, thanks to your good directions.

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  21. Maybe if i tried your Kimchi I would warm up to it, I went to a Korean resturant in Kenya for valentines one time and had it :-) Maybe I should try and make it myself, thanks for sharing

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  22. kimchi is not a hit in my household. thanks for the recipe though.

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    Please post a comment about the picture.

    Thank you!

    Kimchi is really delicious!

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  24. Or have Kimchi fried rice...That's my favorite. I love Kimchi and always have some on hand...

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  25. wow....i respect u that u can make kim chi...is not easy to do kim chi ler...thanks for sharing it

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  26. Oh, wonderful!! and an easy recipe on top of that, thanks ECL!!
    I am baaaaack, visiting and loving it :)
    Mar

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  27. I just saw a stall selling kimchi at the market nearby here today. I didn't buy because I'm not a big fan of kimchi...

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  28. Looks yummy!!!!!

    My RT is posted. And just above is a unscientific poll you may want to cast your 'vote'. Happy Tuesday.

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  29. Looks interesting. Unfortunately, I cant eat spicey food, doesn't agree with me. :(

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  30. Hey ECL,
    I love spicy and I love Kimchi! I am the only one in my family that like real spicy foods so when we went to the Korean restaurant in our area I didn't have to fight anyone for it!

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  31. It's been ages since I ate Kimchi. Yum! Happy WW

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  32. I'm not that into kimchi. I used to enjoy it when I started eating Korean food, but lately I guess my taste had a strong shift. I can't enjoy kimchi anymore :)

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  33. Hi Ecl,

    hmm I love kimchi but I need to be in a certain kinda mood to eat it though hahaha :) have a great week ahead deary :)

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  34. How delicious looking! I will have to give this a shot!!

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  35. Never try making kim chi myself. Shd try on day with yr recipe.

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  36. I have never even heard of Kimchi, but it sounds good!

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  37. korean food! i usually dont eat korean.. haha... but i like one... i forgot it's name!! =P

    kenwooi.com

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  38. Never tried it but it sounds very nice, my daughter is a vegetarian so I could try making it for her, trouble is where i live there is no chance on finding a Napa cabbage, would I be able to use a normal white cabbage instead?

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  39. Kimchi good for the stomach to improve digestion and taste good also!

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  40. I love to eat Korea Kimchi so much thanks for sharing the recipe. I was wondering can you give me the exact amount that need to put for the rice vinegar, sesame oil, Kosher salt (or sea salt) Thanks...hope to hear from you soon :D

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