We聽always loved kimchi (and聽all the聽spicy food in聽general) but since we聽watched Roy Choi鈥檚 course on聽MasterClass and聽tried to聽make kimchi ourselves, it鈥檚 opened a聽whole new world of聽flavors and聽possibilities. Now we聽always have homemade kimchi in聽our聽fridge.


Yields 500 g

For the kimchi paste

  1. 1 cup of chile flakes
  2. 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  3. 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar
  4. 2 heads of garlic
  5. 100 g of horseradish or ginger
  6. 1 onion
  7. 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
  8. 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce
  9. 2 tablespoons of vinegar
  10. 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  11. 陆 cup of water

For the kimchi

  1. 1 napa cabbage
  2. 2 tablespoons of kosher salt
  3. water


  1. Soy sauce is聽likely not gluten-free and聽contains聽wheat.

You will need

  1. gloves
  2. apron
  3. blender


To cook the kimchi paste

  1. In聽a聽blender, combine all dry ingredients: chili flakes, salt, and聽coconut sugar. Mix until you have a聽consistent聽powder.
  2. Peel the聽garlic, horseradish or聽ginger, and聽onion. Quarter the聽onion.
  3. Add the聽remaining ingredients to聽the聽blender: garlic, horseradish or聽ginger, onion, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 1 tablespoon of oyster sauce, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, and聽陆 cup of water. Mix until they form a聽smooth paste. Add more water if聽the聽paste is聽too聽thick.

To cook the kimchi

  1. Fill the聽large bowl with water, and聽dissolve 2 tablespoons of kosher salt in聽it.
  2. Quarter the聽cabbage lengthwise.
  3. Add the聽cabbage to聽the聽bowl, and聽let it聽soak for聽at聽least 3聽hours or聽overnight.
  4. When the聽cabbage is聽slightly wilted, remove it聽from the聽water and聽drain聽well.
  5. Using a聽spoon, rub the聽kimchi paste inside each layer of聽cabbage. Make sure to聽reach deep between layers. Rub more paste on聽the聽outside of聽the聽cabbage. It聽should get messy聽here.
  6. Roll each cabbage quarter, and聽place them into a聽jar. Pack them well. Leave a聽few centimeters of聽space between the聽cabbage and聽the聽jar lead, because the聽fermentation will produce a聽bit of聽gas.
  7. Leave the聽kimchi on聽the聽counter (but out of聽direct sunlight) for聽2聽days.
  8. Transfer the聽kimchi to聽the聽fridge, and聽let it聽ferment for聽2聽weeks.

Notes & tips

Wear gloves and聽an聽apron, otherwise, you鈥檒l ruin your clothes and聽end up聽with burning聽hands.
You could kimchi (yes, it鈥檚 a聽verb!) any kind of聽cabbage or聽lettuce. For聽example, try to聽kimchi that iceberg lettuce dying in聽your fridge since you made burgers two weeks聽ago.
Kimchi will keep forever in聽a聽sealed container in聽the聽fridge (but we鈥檙e sure it聽won鈥檛!).
The聽easiest way to聽peel garlic is聽to聽smash it: put a聽clove of聽garlic on聽a聽cutting board, put your chef鈥檚聽knife on聽top of聽it聽so聽the聽blade side lays on聽the聽clove, and聽hit the聽side of聽the聽knife with your hand. Now you could peel the聽clove.

This recipe is聽based on聽Roy Choi鈥檚聽recipe from MasterClass.

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