Napa cabbage

Baechu 배추

Napa cabbage is the main ingredient in traditional kimchi. They are long and leafy and slightly sweet. Their peak season is late fall, although they are available throughout the year in Korean grocery stores. A good cabbage has a good amount of healthy green leaves and is not totally white.

napa-cabbage (baechu: 배추)


napa cabbage for kimchi

napa cabbages

Napa cabbage

napa cabbage for sale

napa cabbage

Sometimes in the Korean grocery store, the cabbage will be all wrapped up in plastic.


Recipes that use napa cabbage (baechu):



  1. John in Baton Rouge Baton Rouge Louisiana joined 12/16
    Posted March 18th, 2017 at 10:45 am | # |

    omg I bought Napa cabbage today at the regular american grocery story and I couldn’t believe how expensive it was. It was like $1.69 a pound which is well over double what it costs in the asian grocery store – fyi. I just didn’t feel like making a trip to the asian store just for that. Something to keep in mind for the future! Huge price difference!

  2. afan toronto, ontario, canada joined 11/14
    Posted November 25th, 2014 at 1:34 am | # |

    good bargain at .59 cents. I paid .79 cents today at HMART on Yonge St. I got up at 1:30a.m to open and look at my freshly made Kimchi. I saw 2 bubbles and felt relieved!!!! HAHA….too much fun. I wish my husband cared more about the process but the funny thing is…..
    We eat indian food. I am white Canadian and he is imported from India, and now a Canadian citizen. With our dinner last night (indian food) he opened the fridge and started to help himself to a portion of my store bought Kimchi!!!! too funny watching him eat it along indian food…..LOL
    I think he is HOOKED….: )

  3. nonosh israel joined 5/11
    Posted May 25th, 2011 at 11:49 am | # |

    hi i live in israel and i really want to make kimchi but i think this kind of cabbage isn’t available can i another kind of cabbage?

  4. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
    Posted March 17th, 2010 at 2:31 pm | # |

    Wow, those cabbages are huge on the picture:
    Napa cabbage is also sometimes called Chinese cabbage or Bok Choy.

    • peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09
      Posted August 11th, 2010 at 11:47 pm | # |

      Actually, Bok Choy is different than Napa Cabbage. Bok Choy has large white stalks with dark green leaves at tip. Napa has pale green to yellow leaves and tightly bound white stalks.

  5. jennifer
    Posted December 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm | # |

    i can only find green cabbage…will it taste as good?

  6. matt
    Posted May 14th, 2009 at 3:31 am | # |

    hi maangchi, is chinese wong bok cabbage the same as napa cabbage? btw, thanks for doing gamjatang…yum! hungry kiwi :)

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