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Chinese Cabbage Kimchee

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Chinese Cabbage Kimchee, a staple in Korean cuisine.

History and background: Kimchee

Kimchi, a staple food in Korean cuisine, is a traditional side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, such as napa cabbage and Korean radish, made with a widely varying selection of seasonings, including gochugaru, spring onions, garlic, ginger, and jeotgal, etc. It is also used in a variety of soups and stews


  • 1 Napa Cabbage (Chinese cabbage)
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic crushed
  • Half cup of sea salt
  • 6 green onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger grated
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tbsp of Thai chilies blitzed into a powder (I used 1 tbsp) and if you can get Korean pepper powder where you are it is 3/4 cup.
Chinese Cabbage Kimchee


  1. Tear the cabbage into pieces and put in a bowl, add salt and 3 cups of the water leave the container on the kitchen top for an hour and a half turning occasionally.
  2. Add all the other ingredients to a smaller bowl and add one cup of water. Set to one side.
  3. When the cabbage is ready, rinse it twice with cold water add the other ingredients to the cabbage and put in a sealable container and leave on your kitchen top for one day.
  4. The next day put the container in the fridge and after two days you can sample it.
  5. Hubby thought it was like the normal Thai cabbage I make and did a little dance but even though it was spicy he liked it.
  6. It didn’t look as red as some Kimchee I have seen but maybe that is because I didn’t use the Korean pepper powder which does look very red in the photos I have seen of it (but can’t buy).

Prepared, tried, and tested by Carol Taylor

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22 thoughts on “Chinese Cabbage Kimchee”

  1. This is WONDERFUL!!!
    Many of the health articles I’ve read rave about the benefits of kimchee (as well as sauerkraut and pickles) as a natural source of probiotics, excellent for gut/brain axis health. I had no idea what they were talking about, much less how to make it. Now, thanks to you, I do!
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