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Baek Kimchi (White Kimchi)

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"Homemade baek kimchi (white kimchi), a Korean staple, is easy to make at home using napa cabbage, daikon radish, garlic, and vinegar."
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1 d 4 h 50 m servings 27
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Cut cabbage lengthwise into quarters, keeping the leaves attached to the core. Rinse cabbage with cold water and liberally sprinkle 3 tablespoons salt between the leaves. Place cabbage in a large bowl and add just enough water to cover. Set aside until leaves are soft, 4 to 5 hours.
  2. Rinse the salted cabbage 3 or 4 times with cold water and drain in a colander for about 20 minutes.
  3. Combine 1 cup water, radish, green onions, garlic, ginger, sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, vinegar, and red pepper threads in a bowl. Sprinkle radish mixture between all the cabbage leaves except for the large outer leaf of each quarter. Reserve the liquid from the radish mixture.
  4. Peel back the large outer leaf of each quarter, without removing it from the core, and fold the inner leaves in half. Wrap the outer leaf around the inner leaves and pack the cabbage quarters into a clean 1/2-gallon jar; pour in the reserved liquid from radish mixture. Seal jars and let sit at room temperature for 1 day. Slice the wrapped cabbage quarters into 1 1/2-inch pieces.


  • Editor's Note:
  • Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of salt. The actual amount of salt consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 27 calories; 0.3 5.6 1.7 0 2343 Full nutrition

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Fun and easy, will make again. I had to substitute for a few things I don't keep on hand. I used pickling salt, prepared horseradish sauce and sweet chilli sauce (1/4 cup each), and omitted th...

Made as written except that I used red pepper flakes instead of the threads. I would have loved to have used the threads but neither of the Asian market I went to carried them. I loved this reci...

I couldn't find the white radish so I used my red ones from the garden. It turned out light and refreshing and it goes well with almost any meal!

I also made it with red pepper flakes (like from the pizza topping sachets). Hoping it turns out well, but won't know until a day or two so this rating is just based on the prep.