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Napa Cabbage Kimchi Recipe

Make classic Napa cabbage kimchi with this authentic recipe.

| March 2019


Baechu kimchi is the most common of all kimchi varieties and the key component that is always found in Korean fridges. When you just say ‘kimchi’ this is the type you refer to. At Arirang batches of kimchi are prepared using twenty kilograms of Chinese leaf every other day. Korean families often have their own recipe, which of course is the best of them all. You can also halve the amounts for a smaller batch.

The art of tasting

A good kimchi contains the right amount of salt, but to get it right it’s important to taste the vegetable after salting. If it’s very salty the vegetable needs rinsing thoroughly. Rinse multiple times until it tastes just slightly too salty. On the contrary, if the salt level tastes just right it’s probably under-salted. Adjust by either decreasing or increasing the amount of salt going into the kimchi paste.

Ingredients and materials:

  • One large jar, approx. 5 liters (roughly 1-1/2 gallons)
  • 2 kg Chinese leaf (4-1/2 pounds Napa cabbage)
  • 200 g sea salt (2/3 cup)

Kimchi paste:

  • 150 g gochugaru, Korean chili powder (1-1/2 cups)
  • 300 g finely chopped leek (about 2 medium leeks)
  • 3 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 200 g fresh daikon (mooli), shredded (about 1-3/4 cups)
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1–2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp granulated sugar



1. Cut the Chinese leaf (Napa Cabbage) in half and place the halves, cut-side up, in a large bowl. Salt the Chinese leaf layer by layer (not too meticulously).

2. Pour over water so that the Chinese leaf is covered and place a plate with a weight on top, or use a kimchi stone, so that the vegetable is completely submerged. Leave to stand for 24 hours at room temperature.

12/13/2019 3:23:24 PM

I have 2 questions. We have several food allergies in this house. Question 1 - we need to limit the amount of sodium used in everything. How do we do so in this recipe. Question 2 - ginger is one of our allergies. With what can we replace the ginger? Thank you



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