Thursday, 12 July 2007

Homemade Kimchi Part 2 - Making the Red Sauce

kimchi closeup.jpg

Last week I posted the first part of my three part series on making simple kimchi, soaking the cabbage. Below are Ellie's instructions on preparing the red sauce that you will layer with your soaked cabbage quarters to make the finished kimchi. During our lesson Ellie really stressed that you should adjust the flavors to your own tastes. She isn't much into ginger, so she uses much less than this recipe calls for when she's cooking for herself at home. Similarly, many foreigners have trouble with the heat level of this kimchi and may want to reduce the chili powder a little. The kimchi exported to Japan, for example, is much less spicy and slightly sweet compared to standard Seoul kimchi.

Recipe: Simple Kimchi Part 2 - Red Sauce

You will need:
300 grams daikon radish, cut into matchsticks
2 cups chili powder
1 cup fish sauce (Ellie's preference is anchovy based)
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons minced ginger
1 minced onion
50 grams spring onion
1/4 cup salt
  • Cut the radish into matchsticks.
  • Mix the chili powder and fish sauce together, then add the mixture to the shredded radish and stir until the radishes are stained red.
  • Add the remaining ingredients.
  • Optional - in class we also added a handful of sesame seeds to the mixture, but they've been left off the written recipe. Toss them in if you're in the mood.
  • Set aside for an hour or two, until the radish has gone limp and released most of its moisture and you are left with a thick red paste like in the photo above.

You're now ready to put together your kimchi, so stay tuned for the third installment later this week on assembly and storage. In the meantime, what would you do with a bucketload of delicious kimchi? Give us your best kimchi recipes and meal suggestions in the comments.


ilingc said...

wow! 2 cups of chilli powder!? how spicy does that end up to be on a level of 1 - 5?

Cass said...

By itself maybe a 4, but I usually use my kimchi in cooking so it spreads the heat out a bit.

I really need to finished these kimchi posts, it was months ago, but I'm leaving for a holiday in Sapporo tonight. Argh. Life has been so crazy lately. Hopefully by the end of next week.

Im said...

Ultimate bucket-of-kimchi disposal recipe.

Calls for:
1 bucket of delicious kimchi
2 cups of steaming white rice

Proceed to devour both at the same time while your friends look on in disgust and (after they have tasted it) envy.

Haha, just kidding. (Although this does bring on the mouth watering) I'm looking forward to other recipes as well!

ilingc said...

I guess that's not too bad if the heat is spread out during cooking.

I know what you mean about finishing the posts. I have about 5 unfinished posts in my draft folder that are unfinished due to various reasons, ranging from writer's block to lack of time.

Hope you have fun in Sapporo. :)