Last Saturday, my mom and my brother got home with a bunches of Chinese cabbage. It's because we're gonna make Koren Kimchi. Sliced radish, whole radish, cucumber, and Chinese cabbage are commonly used for Kimchi.
There are two classes of ingredients of Kimchi. Here are the basic ingredients:
1 pound [0.5 kg] Chinese cabbage
2 tablespoons salt
4 cups [1 L] cold water
2 cups [0.5 L] very hot water
Here are the seasonings:
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely chopped scallions (also called as onion spring)
2 teaspoons finely chopped dried red pepper
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
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Separate the cabbage leaves, and sprinkle them with salt.
Pour in cold water, and allow the mixture to stand in a cool place for eight hours or overnight. Rinse the cabbage well and squeeze out excess liquid.
Pour very hot water over the seasonings and mix well.
Combine with cabbage leaves. Put the combination into a large glass bowl.
You may have to cut the leaves in half to make them fit. Cover with plastic wrap, and leave in a cool place for about two days. Drain the leaves, and cut them into bite-size pieces. Pack into a glass jar until ready to serve.
Your finish product will look like this. :)
Makes one pound.