Kimchi (pickled cabbage)

Main Dish
4 servings
10 min
15 min
Very Easy


Number of serving: 4
1 pound Napa cabbage (back here we call it Pechay Baguio)

3 carrots, peeled and  julienned

2 cucumbers, peeled and  julienned

rock or coarse salt

1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon ginger, finely chopped

1 tablespoon scallions, finely chopped

crushed red pepper

1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of sugar

rice vinegar

sesame oil


  • Separate and wash cabbage leaves. Sprinkle liberally with salt. Scoop and stir with hands.
  • Place salted cabbage leaves in a large bowl, put a heavy plate on top of the leaves, cover with plastic wrap, and place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Be sure that water covers all cabbage leaves – place a plate or other heavy object on top of leaves to ensure that they stay covered with water.
  • The next day, pour off water excess water and thoroughly rinse cabbage leaves. You can shake them gently in the sink to remove excess moisture.
  • Put a handful of chilli pepper into a bowl. Add from a third as much to an equal amount of sesame seeds, and crushed garlic.
  • Put a handful of chilli pepper into a bowl. Add from a third as much to an equal amount of sesame seeds, and crushed garlic.
  • Add enough sesame oil to moisten everything, and approximately an equal amount of rice vinegar (enough to make a paste).
  • Spread each cabbage leaf with the paste and arrange them in a bowl. Use your hands to rub seasoning evenly into all cabbage leaves.
  • Be sure to use gloves to do this, otherwise, your hands will burn from the chili flakes.
  • Transfer seasoned cabbage leaves into a large glass bottle. Be sure to use firm pressure with your hands to push down on cabbage leaves as they stack up inside the bottle.
  • Transfer any liquid that accumulated during the mixing process into the bottle as well – it will become kimchi brine. Some liquid will also come out of the cabbage leaves as you press down on them as they are stacked in the bottle.
  • Leave about 2 inches of room at the top of the bottle before capping it tightly with a lid. Allow bottle of kimchi to sit at room temperature for 2-3 days.



Annette grimes, 20/02/2019

Carrots ginger cucumber all mentioned in the ingredients but there is no mention of what to do with these vegetables in the preparation. I have never made kimchi so its not clear from this what I should do

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