Kimchi is hot, salty and pungent. A staple in Korea, it is eaten at nearly every meal. Like all traditional foods, the exact recipe differs from region to region and from house to house. It also varies based on the availability of ingredients and personal taste. This is a recipe for vegan kimchi that suits my North American taste buds.
Traditional kimchi is made with raw squid, oysters and/or fish sauce. However, I make vegetarian kimchi because my husband is allergic to shellfish. If you want to make a more traditional kimchi, then I recommend exploring Maanchi.com.
And watch the video: How to Make Kimchi: according to my Kun Umma for an entertaining look at kimchi and Korean-Canadian immigrant life.
What can you do with kimchi?
Kimchi is a tasty all-purpose condiment. It is typically served along side of meals, like a salad or pickles. When kimchi is fresh (3-7 days old) the cabbage and radishes are still sweet.
As kimchi ages it becomes sour, and is more suited towards flavouring other dishes and meals. Sour kimchi is delicious, probiotic and perfect for making to a quick Asian-inspired meal. Here are five delicious ways to serve sour kimchi.
- Serve it as a trendy hot dog or hamburger topping.
- Kimchi fried rice is my kids’ favourite way to eat kimchi.
- Use kimchi to make a rich and delicious noodle bowl (not a vegetarian recipe, but you can use tofu for the protein instead.)
- This quick and easy kimchi soup only takes 15 minutes to make.
- Add kimchi to an Asian-inspired Buddha bowl.
Kimchi is a hot, salty and pungent condiment that is a staple in all Korean kitchens. This is 100% vegan kimchi that is perfect for my North American taste buds. See the section above for 5 different ways to serve kimchi.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 3 quarts 1x
- Category: Condiment
- Method: Fermented
- Cuisine: Korean
- 4 Tablespoons non-iodized salt
- 8 cups of water
- 1 large head of napa cabbage
- 1 daikon radish (6″ to 8″ in length)
- 3 carrots
- 4 green onions
- 1 yellow onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 2-inch knob of ginger
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons red chili pepper flakes (using gochugaru is traditional)
- Dissolve the salt in the water to make a brine.
- Roughly chop the cabbage, and submerge it in the brine for at least 5 hours, up to 24 hours. If there isn’t enough brine to cover the cabbage, wait 30 minutes for the cabbage to start softening before adding more brine.
- Use a weight to keep it below the surface of the brine. I soak my cabbage in a large bowl and use a dinner plate to keep it below the surface.
- After soaking, drain the cabbage reserving 6 cups of the brine.
- Dice the radish, carrots and green onions into sticks.
- Place yellow onion, garlic, ginger and chili pepper flakes into a food processor and chop until it becomes a paste.
- Mix the all the vegetables and the paste together in a large bowl.
- Pack the vegetables into mason jars. It makes around 3 quarts depending on the size of the cabbage.
- Pour the reserved brine over the vegetables, using as much as needed to keep them submerged.
- Leave the kimchi to ferment in a cool location for up to 3 days. It is traditional to eat kimchi while it is still in the sparkling stages of fermentation (3-5 days.)
- Place it in the refrigerator to stop fermentation.
- If the raw garlic, onions and spices aren’t your thing, here’s my recipe for a kid-friendly kimchi. It avoids the stronger flavours, while keeping the delicious kimchi-ness.
- If you can’t find napa cabbage then use savoy. You can also use a regular cannonball cabbage, but it won’t have the same texture or flavour.
- You can find gochugaru in Korean grocery stores or online (affiliate link.)
Keywords: vegetarian, vegan, no shrimp, no fish, no shellfist, gluten free, paleo, keto, probiotic, spicy, salty, pungent