Why buy it when you can make it at home?I love Kimchi but find that it can be on the pricey side and it's not always at the spice or flavor level I want. I also find that sometimes it's more sour than I want because I generally like to eat it as a side dish and don't really need sour unless it's for kimchi pancakes or fried rice. I took a trip to this amazing market, Great Wall Supermarket, after driving by it a gazillion times. I usually go to Hmart for my Asian food needs and so I just never bothered. Boy, was that a mistake! Let's just say that I spent almost two hours in there walking up and down every aisle and taking a mental snapshot of all the things I wanted to go back for one day. They have absolutely everything, including live turtles and eels in dozens of tanks filled with everything you can imagine. Anyhow, I decided it was time to make kimchi and so I bought the ingredients and decided to make it on a slow and boring day in December, today!
I looked up recipes on line and watched videos on google and made my own modifications based on Maangchi's technique and Danny Mac's Kitchen. Danny Mac's Kitchen was the most basic and easy to follow with great directions and so this is my version. I will post a link to his video for those of you, who like me, like to see things demonstrated. And it smells sooooo good! Can't wait for it to be ready.
|Now, chop your veggies! I used Daikon Radish, Green onions and carrots. Typically they are shredded but I like the cubed radish and to tell you the truth, I hate julienning and took a short cut. I know this because I watched a documentary on Kimchi. |
Check it out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAki8xXPtmg
|Throw your veggies in the bowl with the drained and nicely salted cabbage.|
|Now toss until it looks nicely combined.|
|Massage that red pepper paste deliciousness into the veggies like a massage therapist looking for a hot date! Yeah, baby!! (In my Austin Powers voice) "Me likey when you rub me like that", says your veggies!|
I look forward to eating it with some rice and my Korean Steamed Egg. And don't forget to scroll to the bottom for the video on "How to make Kimchi" from Danny Mac's Kitchen. Great for those of you who prefer some visual assistance. Would love to hear from you if you try it. That is all!
How to make Kimchi..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qisHfpI5QE