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Beautifully sliced cabbage kimchi is served in a dish

Different Way of Making Cabbage Kimchi

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Try making authentic Korean cabbage kimchi in a slightly different way. It makes salting cabbage easier and presents beautifully sliced kimchi on a serving dish
Cuisine Korean
Keyword cabbage, cabbage kimchi, fish sauce, kimchi, Korean, korean food, napa cabbage
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Soaking time 3 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs
Author Holly Ford


For the rice paste

For the kimchi filling


  • Tear or cut cabbage leaves from its body and rinse them with water. Sprinkle some salt over, more salt on the white stem parts. Let them sit for 3-4 hours turning the leaves other way once or twice during the soaking time. Rinse 2-3 times with water and put them in a colander to drain the excess water. Set aside.
  • Meanwhile, put 1 whole onion (including the outer skin but cleaned well), half of 1 large radish, and dried jujube slices in a pot, and pour 3 cups water. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes. Collect the stock and reserve 1-1/2 cups.
  • To make the rice paste; combine the reserved stock with sweet rice flour. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until it thickens as you whisk continually, about 3-4 minutes. Set aside to cool down.
  • To make the kimchi filling; combine onion, apple, garlic, ginger and milk in a blender and puree until very smooth.
  • Combine the thinly sliced radish, Korean chili flakes, sugar, shrimp sauce, fish sauces, the rice paste and the onion milk puree in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped green onion and mix well. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  • To assemble kimchi; place a piece of cabbage leaf at a time in a shallow mixing bowl, spread a little bit of seasoning paste over the leaf thoroughly. Repeat the process with a few more leaves layering opposite direction. Stack the leaves in a kimchi container and complete the rest of the cabbage leaves with the seasoning paste.
  • At the end, pour 1/2-1 cup of water to a mixing bowl and swirl around to collect the residue of the seasoning paste. Pour over kimchi in a container.
  • Cover the kimchi with a piece of clean plastic and put something heavy (like 2 or 3 clean rocks) on top to seal out the air.
  • Let the kimchi to sit in a room temperature for 1-2 days first (depends on the temperature), and then continue to ferment in a refrigerator for 4-5 days or until it reaches to the fermentation level you desire.


This kimchi can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 month. It will ferment to a deeper in flavor and eventually will get very sour. Then, it will be a time to make kimchi stew!