1st March 2018 by - No comments

I have always loved pickles. Not just regular gherkins, but any vegetables pickled. I do understand it is an acquired taste, but I read recently just how good fermented vegetables are for you.

Kimchi isย a staple in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish made from salted and fermented vegetables, most commonly napa cabbage and Korean radishes, with a variety of seasonings including chili powder, scallions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal (salted seafood).

The most important fact about Kimchi is that it has been known to be the secret to a long life. South Korea is expected to be the first country where life expectancy reaches 90. Made with cabbage, kimchi is salty and spicy, and full of probiotics, and vitamins A & B. It also contains lots of lactobacilli – a good bacteria found in yogurt and healthy guts. Scientists think it is why South Koreans live so long.

So here is my simple Kimchi recipe my darling mother found in a magazine & tried. If you love pickles and spicy foods you will love it!

Kimchi –

Ingredients –

  • 1 Chinese Cabbage – quartered
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar

Method –

  • Remove the stalks from the cabbage. Cut it up into 4cm pieces.
  • Place in a bowl, sprinkle over the salt. Rub the salt into the cabbage with your fingers.
  • Cover the cabbage with cold water, cover and set aside for 2 hours.
  • Sieve the water, rinse thoroughly under water then leave to drain.
  • Place the garlic cloves, ginger and sugar in a food processor and blend until a smooth paste is formed.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cabbage. Add in the ginger, garlic paste. Add the chilli powder. Add a little warm water. Mix thoroughly.
  • Place the mixture in a glass jar with a lid.
  • Keep at room temperature for one week to ferment.
  • Then transfer to the fridge.
  • The Kimchi will keep for up to 3months.

Enjoy with anything really! I love it as a side to my avocado toast!

Yum x

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