Fresh Kimchi Recipe | Korean Recipes | PBS Food

From A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from My World Travels by Kim Sunée / Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC.


Yield: 6 cups

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  • 1 medium to large head napa cabbage (about 2 pounds), trimmed of any loose or discolored leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 firm but ripe pear (preferably asian), cored and chopped
  • ¾ cup gochugaru (coarse Korean red chile powder; for a less spicy version decrease to ½ cup)
  • ¼ cup coarsely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons ground chile paste, such as sambal oelek
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic
  • 4 carrots (about 6 ounces), cut into 2-inch matchsticks
  • 1 medium daikon radish, cut into 2-inch matchsticks


  1. Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters; remove the core, and chop into about 1-inch-wide (bite-size) pieces. Place half of the cabbage in a large colander in the sink; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the salt. Add the remaining half of the cabbage and top with the remaining 1 tablespoon salt. Let sit for 10 minutes. Using tongs or your hands, turn the cabbage so that the bottom layer is on top; let sit for another 15 minutes. Rinse the cabbage, drain thoroughly, and pat dry or spin dry in a salad spinner.
  2. Combine the pear, gochugaru, ginger, soy sauce, chile paste, fish sauce, if using, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until just blended. Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the carrots and radish; toss to combine. Add the drained cabbage; toss to combine. Let sit, covered, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Drain again. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. It’s still good for up to a week or so, but it will start getting a little funky and taste more like the fermented kimchi of ill repute.
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