Here is fresh taste of turnip green kimchi; the kimchi of autumn.
It seems like it has been forever since I have posted recipes on my blog. I left Argentina this past summer and relocated back to U.S recently. It took nearly 3 months for my family to settle into our new place. I have moved numerous times for the past 20 years, but I would say this move was perhaps the most difficult one. We moved into a brand house and things are finally settling in. I still have lots of boxes to open and many house projects I need to work on. At least I have rooms ready for my families to have a good rest at night, and kitchen items organized so that I can feed a home cooked meal that had been missing for a few month. Life needs to get back on routines.
I love autumn. Therefore the first Korean dish I made in my brand new kitchen would be the turnip green kimchi; the kimchi of autumn. Here goes the tutorial.
Turnip greens are only available around this time, so I decided to take the chance and make a batch of kimchi with them. I won’t brag about how nutritious turnip greens are. You can tell by their deep green color and their fibrous texture. As a result, they are super good to eat as kimchi.
With any kimchi, you will need to salt them well before you add the seasoning. I have explained several different way to salt the kimchi soaking process. With the turnip greens, I just sprinkled Korean coarse sea salt on the turnip greens, layer by layer. Let them sit for an hour, turning upside down half way. The greens will reduce its volume to more than half. Then rinse them out a couple of times.
While the turnip greens are soaking, make flavorful stock. I used dried anchovies, dried shiitaki mushrooms, and dried sea kelp. If you want this kimchi to be a complete Vegan style, check my Vegan Kimchi recipe for the adaptation.
In order to make the seasoning paste, I like to use bunch of fresh red chili this time. Turnip greens will go so well with the fresh taste of red chili. However, you will still need some Korean dried chili flakes, though, but not as much.
You will also need to make rice glue. A form of starch will help feed good bacteria to grow during the fermentation. If you don’t want to make rice glue, you can use some leftover cooked rice instead. Check this Easy Cabbage Kimchi recipe for the idea.
I like to puree the onion, garlic, ginger, shrimp sauce, and the red chili in a blender. Add a little bit of stock to help the blade to run at the beginning.
The seasoning paste is ready. It will be slightly loose since the red chili has ton of moisture.
Toss the turnip greens with the seasoning to coat evenly. However, be gentle with the greens. You don’t want to handle them too rough. Otherwise they will yield grassy taste.
Finally, put them in an airtight container and let it sit in a warm place for 2 days to reach the ideal fermentation, then keep them in the fridge after that. You should be able to eat them after 2-3 days.
If you want to enjoy authentic Korean dining, boil up some good Doenjang Jjigae (Korean soybean paste stew) to serve with your kimchi. That’s so Korean!
With a bowl of hot popping rice, stew, and kimchi, my Korean comfort meal was born.
This was my humble lunch and I thoroughly enjoyed them all.
Cooking has brought me a great deal of joy as long as I can remember and I think I am going to have even more fun with my new kitchen. I’m excited to create many Korean dishes and beyond in my new sun-filled haven.
Hope you are able to find the turnip greens and try out this recipe. It is good for you kind of kimchi and easy to make. Cheers!
Turnip Green Kimchi
- 1.5 lb turnip greens rinsed
- 1/4 cup Korean coarse sea salt
- 1-1/2 cup water
- 5-6 large dried anchovies
- 1 piece dried sea kelp (dashima)
- 2 dried shiitake mushrooms
- 1 tablespoon sweet rice flour (chapssal-garu)
- 1/4 lb fresh red chilies diced
- 1/2 onion diced
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 " piece ginger
- 1/4 cup Korean chili flakes (gochugaru)
- 3 tablespoons anchovy sauce
- 1 tablespoon shrimp sauce
- In a large shallow bowl, lay a few turnip greens on the bottom. Sprinkle a little bit, about 1/2 tablespoonful, of sea salt on top. Repeat the layers and sprinkle with salt until all the turnip greens covered with salt. You might need more salt depends on the volume.
- Let them sit on the counter for 1 hour, turn upside down half way. They will reduce in volume by half. Rinse the turnip green with water a couple of times. Drain and set aside.
- Meanwhile, make a stock. Combine 1-1/2 cups of water dried anchovies, sea kelp, and the dried mushrooms in a small pot. Bring to a gentle boil, then simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. Remove the pot from heat and let it cool for 5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup + 2 tablespoons of stock and discard the rest.
- To make rice glue, in a small pot whisk together 1 cup of reserved stock and sweet rice flour. Bring to med-high heat and let them bubble whisking continuously until it gets thicken. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
- In a blender, puree onion, red chili, garlic, ginger, anchovy sauce, shrimp sauce until semi-smooth. Pour the mixture in a large mixing bowl. Add the Korean red chili flakes, the reserved rice glue; mix well.
- Add the turnip greens and toss gently with your hand to incorporate with the seasoning.
- Transfer the turnip green kimchi into an airtight container and let it sit in the room temperature for 2 days, then store in the fridge afterward. Your kimchi should be ready to eat 2-3 days.