It's October and I finally have time to start cooking for myself again after the busy tourism season. I have been dreaming about Kimchi for awhile. I think my new goal is to always have some on the go because it's simple, delicious, inexpensive, & the flavour improves the longer it hangs out. Kimchi is a Korean dish of fermented and salted vegetables. Hundreds of variations do exist but common ingredients include nappa cabbage, carrot, dikon radish, & scallions, which is what I use. The vegetables are typically seasoned with Korean chile powder (gochugaru, available at most global/Asian food markets) , ginger, garlic and some type of salted dried seafood. To keep mine vegan I replaced the seafood with some miso paste. I'm no expert when it comes to fermentation so if the entire process sketches you out probably do some research. I leave my Kimchi out for several days and then it lives in my fridge. This is the process and recipe that works for me so I'm sticking to it. As far as what to eat your Kimchi with... the possibilities are endless. I eat it most often with rice, tofu, mushrooms & Korean BBQ sauce....but a simple Kimchi grilled cheeze is damn good too. Kimchi doughnuts or pancakes are definitely going to make an appearance soon too.
This is a loose recipe in the sense that I didn't measure or weigh everything out, and I'm cool with that. This batch might have a bit more carrot, or be a bit more gingery etc. I find even though it isn't the exact same each time, the flavours always blend and evolve in a pleasing way... the Kimchi becomes it's own unique & delicious thing. You will need a few tbsp of flaked kosher salt for this recipe. I get mine in bulk and prefer it to table or fine salt in most recipes.
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