Servings: 6


     2/3 lb    Napa Cabbage
     3         Spring onions, sliced
     1/2 lb    Daikon radish
     3         Cloves garlic, minced
     1 md      Cucumber all peeled, sliced 
     4 ts      Fresh ginger, minced - 1/4 inch thick
     1 tb      Dried chili flakes
     1 md      Turnip
     2 ts      Soy sauce/tamari
     1/2 c     Salt
     1 c       Water
     1 tb      Salt

Peel cabbage, daikon, cucumber, and turnip and cut 1/4" thick. Layer whole cabbage leaves, sliced daikin, cucumber and turnip in a large bowl. Between layers, liberally sprinkle with 1/2 cup salt. Cover with water and place a wide plate or pot on top to submerge them. Leave overnight or at least 12 hours. Drain & Rinse vegetables in a colander. Julienne each vegetable into a uniform shape. return them to the large bowl, and add spring onions, garlic, ginger, chili flakes, soy/tamari, salt and 1 cup water. Toss to combine.

Spoon the vegetabels with liquid into a large crock or clean jars. Cover tightly or cap. Refrigerate for 3 days before opening. Everyday, turn jars upside down a couple of times to distribute spices, or stir vegetables in the crock. Store in refridgerator.

Notes: Kim chee spiciness varies depending on the hotness of the chili flakes used. The longer it sites, the hotter it gets (up to a point). I cannot vouch for the authenticity of the recipe, but its about as close as I've come.

Beware 'kim chee' spices in oriental food stores, as they most likely have MSG in them.

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