Easy-to-make kimchi

Mak-kimchi 막김치

Hi everybody,

I’m introducing “mak-kimchi” to you today! It’s made with napa cabbage (baechu in Korean), pre-cut into bite size pieces, so you can serve it without cutting. This way of making kimchi is really time saving compared to making whole cabbage kimchi. But the taste is exactly the same as whole cabbage kimchi because the ingredients are the same! So I am translating “mak-kimchi” into “easy kimchi.” I hope this recipe makes your life easier! : )

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Since I posted my whole cabbage kimchi recipe in June 2007, so many people have surprised me with their kimchi related stories and questions. A lot of my readers make their own kimchi on a regular basis and they email me the photos of their delicious kimchi! Some people modify the recipe to their taste and some people add more ingredients to invent their own kimchi!

For example, Julie made vegan kimchi. She skipped fish sauce and used a little soy sauce and salt instead. Smart! Isn’t it? Some people like Reinier, James, Sylvia, Clyde, Sara make kimchi on a regular basis. They say, “oh, my kimchi runs out, I will make it this weekend.” If any of you reading this might want to be included the list of people who make kimchi on a regular basis, please email me. I will include your names here. : )

I’m surprised to see all these mouth-watering looking kimchi photos!

But as you know, the kimchi recipe was not using exact measurements. You remember? I said, “use 2 medium napa cabbage and 2 radishes.” The size of cabbage is actually huge by American standards! ; ) And the amount of kimchi paste you need to make is for both cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi. Some people only want to make only cabbage kimchi. They sometimes ask me, “Maangchi, can you tell me how much salt do I have to use for only 1 napa cabbage?”
How can I know?

I didn’t measure when I filmed the first video recipe years ago. : ) Anyway, whenever I was asked the similar questions, I felt kind of bad and a little bit guilty and I always thought I should post a more accurate kimchi recipe.

Here you go! : )

So this recipe will be for a total beginner. Just follow the recipe step by step. This recipe is mine that I have been using for my kimchi for decades and popular among even my Korean friends.

If you want to use whole cabbage kimchi, you can check my whole cabbage kimchi recipe and this easy kimchi recipe, then you will figure out what to do. Only difference is how to handle cabbage: cutting , salting, and how to put or mix the kimchi paste with the cabbage!

Did you see how many questions and answers were made for my whole cabbage kimchi?  So far  831 comments!  These questions are the most frequently asked, so I’m letting you know this.

FAQ

Q: Maangchi, do I have to make porridge to make kimchi? If I don’t want to use porridge, what shall I do?
A: No, you don’t have to. Some people don’t use porridge, but I always make porridge to make good kimchi paste. Porridge helps hot pepper flakes, fish sauce, garlic, ginger and all spices mix together. Otherwise, the kimchi paste will be too thick to put it between cabbage leaves easily. So you can use sweet pear juice instead of making porridge if you want. I sometimes use pear to make kimchi paste, too.

Q: Why do you give a shower to the cabbage before salting? : )
A: If you sprinkle salt on cabbage directly without pre-soaking in water, the salting process will take too long: this is “osmotic pressure.”

Q: Maangchi, kimchi never goes bad? How come there is some white stuff on the top of my kimchi?
A: If you keep your kimchi properly, it won’t go bad months and months. Don’t forget to press down the top of kimchi in the container with a spoon whenever you take some. It will prevent your kimchi from being exposed to air. If you see the top of your kimchi already has white stuff (mold), remove the top layer of the kimchi and you still can eat the rest of the kimchi.

Q: Maangchi, you used squid this time! Last time your kimchi was made with raw oysters! My other Korean friends never use oysters or squid.
A: Kimchi recipes vary from region to region, so some ingredients will be different. You can follow a few different recipes and choose the best recipe that suits your taste.

Q: I’m interested in adding raw oysters or squid in my Kimchi, but afraid that it might go bad so that I may have a stomachache.
A: You should use very fresh oysters or fresh frozen product, then it will ferment along with your kimchi.

Q: Ok, Maangchi, can you tell me how to make the salty squid for kimchi?
A: Choose about 300 grams (2/3 pound) of very fresh squid. Then:

  1. Remove the guts and backbone and rinse it.
  2. Add 3 tbs salt and mix it with a spoon.
  3. Put it in a container or glass jar and keep it in the refrigerator for a week.
  4. Rinse the squid thoroughly until not slippery and drain it (you can skin it if you want).
  5. Dry the squid with paper towel or cotton and chop it up.
  6. Add it to your kimchi paste!

I answer many other frequently asked questions about kinchi-making in this video:

Ingredients

Baechu (napa cabbage 10 pounds), salt, sweet rice flour, sugar, water, garlic, ginger, onion, fish sauce, squid, hot pepper flakes, leek, green onions, carrot, radish.

Directions

  1. Trim the discolored outer leaves of 10 pounds of napa cabbage.
  2. Cut the cabbage lengthwise into quarters and remove the cores. Chop it up into bite size pieces.
  3. Soak the pieces of cabbage in cold water and put the soaked cabbage into a large basin. Sprinkle salt.
    *tip: 1 cup of salt will be used for 10 pounds of napa cabbage
  4. Every 30 minutes, turn the cabbage over to salt evenly (total salting time will be 1½ hours).
  5. 1½ hours later, rinse the cabbage in cold water 3 times to clean it thoroughly.
  6. Drain the cabbage and set aside.

Make porridge:

  1. Put 3 cups of water and ½ cup sweet rice flour (chapssal garu) in a pot and mix it well and bring to a boil. Keep stirring until the porridge makes bubbles (about 5 minutes).
  2. Add ¼ cup sugar. Stir and cook for a few more mintues until it’s translucent.
  3. Cool it down.

Make kimchi paste:

  1. Place the cold porridge into a large bowl. Now you will add all your ingredients one by one.
  2. Add 1 cup of fish sauce, 2.5 cups of hot pepper flakes (depending on your taste), 1 cup of crushed garlic, 1-2 tbs of minced ginger, 1 cup amount of minced onion.
    *tip: much easier to use a food processor.
  3. Wash and drain the salty squid. Chop it up and add it to the kimchi paste.
    *tip: how to prepare salty squid is posted on the FAQ above!
  4. Add 10 diagonally-sliced green onions, 2 cups amount of chopped leek, 2 cups of julienned Korean radish, and ¼ cup of julienned carrot.
  5. Mix all ingredients well and your kimchi paste is done.

Action! Mix the cabbage with the kimchi paste!

  1. Put the kimchi paste in a large basin and add all the cabbage. Mix it by hand.
    *tip: If your basin is not large enough to mix all the ingredients at once, do it bit by bit.
  2. Put the kimchi into an air-tight sealed plastic container or glass jar.
    You can eat it fresh right after making or wait until it’s fermented.

I usually put all my kimchi in the fridge except for a little bit in a small container. I like fresh kimchi, so this way the kimchi in the fridge ferments slowly and stays fresh, while the smaller container ferments faster and gets sour. I use this sour kimchi for making things like kimchi jjigae where sour kimchi is better. Then, when the small container is empty, I fill it up again with kimchi from the big container. It takes a little management, but experiment and you’ll get the hang of it!

How do you know it’s fermented or not?
One or 2 days after, open the lid of the Kimchi container. You may see some bubbles with lots of liquids, or maybe sour smells. That means it’s already being fermented.

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995 Comments:

  1. TheJackal joined 4/10
    Posted April 20th, 2010 at 11:45 am | # |

    Wow…this recipe seems very easy to follow.
    My Boyfriend is Half Korean and Adores His Kimchi and I never fathomed being able to make it…But This Recipe Makes me want to try it!!

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  2. Thaory Montreal joined 9/09
    Posted April 15th, 2010 at 11:26 pm | # |

    Ive been making ur kimchi recipe for so long! Finally an easy recipe. I just remember how tired i felt after making ur first version of kimchi lol. it was worth it though. I bet this is as delicious. Im salting my nappa right now. the sauce already made. Waiting 30 min still before washing them. Thank you so much Maangchi! This weekend again im gonna make bulgogi, potato and bean sprout side dish, kimchi, green onion salad. ect !! Of course all the recipe i got for those was from here =D This time im gonna take some picture for sure! I cant thank you enough Maangchi!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 16th, 2010 at 11:12 am | # |

      Thaory,
      I hope your kimchi turned out delicious! Wow! this weekend you will be busy cooking Korean dishes! I’m looking forward to some photos of food that you make! Good luck!

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  3. christyy joined 4/10
    Posted April 12th, 2010 at 9:11 am | # |

    I just love your show! I emailed all my family and friends about your website. You remind me of my mom! “I’m so happy now” is my mom’s favorite quote. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 12th, 2010 at 10:17 am | # |

      “You remind me of my mom!” That’s a huge compliment! Thank you!

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  4. ilovekimchi20 joined 3/10
    Posted April 6th, 2010 at 12:47 am | # |

    hi maangchi i was wondering if u could help me out i have been wanting to make this kimchi for awhile now but my problem is that only me and my mom eat kimchi the rest of my family doesnt like it so for me to make 10 pounds of kimchi i could never eat all of that even tho i love kimchi and could eat it every day i was wondering if u had the measurements for a smaller amount of this kimchi

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted April 8th, 2010 at 10:34 am | # |

      I made this kimchi with 10 pounds of cabbage, so you can figure out the amount of all ingredients. If you make it with 5 pounds, cut the ingredients in half.

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  5. roskandy Boston, IL joined 5/09
    Posted March 29th, 2010 at 5:23 pm | # |

    <3 !! I'm going to try this recipe this weekend (assuming classes don't go crazy :x)

    Is the method the same for 부추김치? I wanted to make some but I wasn't sure what type of 부추 to get… (I think the Chinese kind is really different from the Korean kind but I'm not sure? My mom said something like that but wouldn't explain more).

    Thanks!! <3

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 29th, 2010 at 10:25 pm | # |

      Good luck with making delicious kimchi. My buchu kimchi (Asian chives kimchi) recipe is a little different from napa cabbage kimchi. The recipe will be coming in the future.

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      • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
        Posted March 30th, 2010 at 2:39 pm | # |

        Buchu Kimchi! YUM!

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      • roskandy Boston, IL joined 5/09
        Posted April 3rd, 2010 at 3:21 pm | # |

        Eek! I just made some and it is delicious as gutjuri!! <3

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  6. angelatbh Singapore joined 3/10
    Posted March 29th, 2010 at 5:08 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I had made kimchi many times and i had failed. Maybe was the ferment time not right or my country weather too hot. Im staying in Asia and the weather is 30 over degree. I left it in room temperature for one day and it turn bad and I tried to put in the fridge but it ferment v slow till i can still smell the hot pepper powder v strong. My style of doing was about the same like what u had done, the only thing i never put was the squid. I heard from one of my korean friend said that in korea they have a special fridge for kimchi and they can control the temperature. I think our normal fridge at home was too cold to ferment.

    The radish which country should i buy? Some taste bitter.

    I had thrown away many many times and now im phobia to make it again.

    thanks

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 29th, 2010 at 9:47 am | # |

      oh, you must be very frustrated! I like to encourage you not to give up making delicious kimchi. Many people from Singapore have been letting me know about their successful kimchi making. So I don’t think the temperature of your country causes your kimchi to turn bad. Be sure to follow my recipe as close as you can. Make sure you use enough salt.

      After putting your fresh kimchi in the container or jar, press the top of the kimchi down with a spoon or spatula so your kimchi doesn’t get exposed to the air. If your kimchi is so dry that you don’t see any kimchi juice, turn it over every other day until you finish eating it.

      “I left it in room temperature for one day and it turn bad and I tried to put in the fridge but it ferment v slow till i can still smell the hot pepper powder v strong.:

      Then how about putting your fresh kimchi half day outside the refrigerator? Kimchi smells strong? Yes, it is, that’s why you will have to double bag when you keep it in the refrigerator.
      bitter taste radish kimchi? It may happen, but I have never experienced bitter radish. You can discuss more about it if you want. https://www.maangchi.com/talk/topic/what-made-my-kim-chi-base-have-a-bitter-after-taste

      kimchi refrigerator? I don’t have it but I have no problem!

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  7. khill San Francisco joined 3/10
    Posted March 27th, 2010 at 1:22 pm | # |

    Hi maangchi! I am so excited to make this recipe. Yesterday I went to the Korean market and got the napa, daikon, red pepper, and rice flour. I was planning to make it today, but I just saw that the salted squid needs to be prepared a week in advance. What should I do? Will the napa keep in my fridge for a week? Should I go ahead and make the kimchi now and add the salted squid next week?

    Thanks so much!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 27th, 2010 at 2:37 pm | # |

      If I were you, I would make kimchi without squid this time. The kimchi will still be delicious.

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      • khill San Francisco joined 3/10
        Posted March 27th, 2010 at 9:32 pm | # |

        will do – thanks!

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  8. ze125 libya joined 1/10
    Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 4:34 pm | # |

    hi maangchi i have a question for you , does the napa cabbage taste as the average cabbage?
    thank you for all your hard work .

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 23rd, 2010 at 6:16 pm | # |

      yes, they taste different.

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  9. Julius Germany joined 3/10
    Posted March 21st, 2010 at 3:39 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    I found this website during my search of KIMCHI-recipes. I like the videos and the KIMCHI-recipe. I have got a question. You use in your recipe “cup” as a measuring unit. How much is it exactly (for example in ml)? And how much is 1 tbs? What does it mean – tbs?
    I will try your recipes as soon as possible and i`m sure, it will be successful an very tasty.
    Thank you for your inputs.

    Julius from Germany

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  10. sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09
    Posted March 20th, 2010 at 1:38 pm | # |

    maangchi is it possible to add a bit of shredded carrot to kimchi paste? this is what you do in the cucumber kimchi recipe.

    also is it possible to add pear (I heard it was mentioned somewhere)? I like more variation in kimchi but I haven’t gotten around to adding exotics like oysters or squid (they are also expensive here)

    I don’t want my kimchi to rot of course by adding wrong ingredients…

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    • sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09
      Posted March 20th, 2010 at 1:40 pm | # |

      oh maangchi I’m so dumb… the carrot is in your ingredients list! but the question about pear still stands.

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      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted March 21st, 2010 at 1:35 am | # |

        “is it possible to add pear?”
        If you want to add pear, puree it and add to the kimchi paste.

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  11. erika1990 New Jersey joined 3/10
    Posted March 9th, 2010 at 6:15 pm | # |

    Can you please upload the picture of the pepper flakes you use? And a picture of the sweet flour you use? Actually, Can you upload the pictures you used for this video? It was not really clear in the video because I would like to use the same ingredients. I would also like to ask if you can use uncooked frozen squid to put in the kimchi? Would that be fine? How long will the kimchi last for until it is expired?

    Thank you Maangchi… Your the best!!

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  12. kimchicraze joined 3/10
    Posted March 7th, 2010 at 10:24 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, I’ve tried making kimchi for my first time, but it turned out to be slightly bitter. Do you know what cause bitterness in kimchi? The cabbage itself is not the source of the bitterness.

    I’ve made excessive kimchi paste. Is there a specific way to store it? How long can I keep it?

    By the way, thanks for sharing so many korean recipes with us :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 7th, 2010 at 1:09 pm | # |

      “I’ve made excessive kimchi paste. Is there a specific way to store it? How long can I keep it?”
      Yes, freeze the kimchi paste for later use. You can keep it in the freezer for a few months!

      Your kimchi turned out to be a little bitter? Check your hot pepper flakes and other ingredients. They should not be bitter.

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      • kimchicraze joined 3/10
        Posted March 8th, 2010 at 8:44 am | # |

        Thanks for the fast reply :)

        “Check your hot pepper flakes”
        I bought it from korean grocery store. How do I check it?

        Is it possible for any excessive/ shortage of ingredients that cause the bitterness? i.e. more garlic/ salt than recommended?

        I have added red chili peppers into the food processor. Could that be the reason to the bitterness?

        Other than that I think I’ve used the same ingredients as above.

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        • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
          Posted March 8th, 2010 at 9:52 am | # |

          I meant check the taste of the hot pepper flakes. If they are bitter, your kimchi will be bitter. Check the taste of all the ingredients that you used in your kimchi. It could be many reasons: poor quality of hot pepper flakes, bitter taste cabbage or radish… I have never experienced bitter kimchi. Check this out, https://www.maangchi.com/talk/topic/slightly-bitter-kimchi

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          • kimchicraze joined 3/10
            Posted March 9th, 2010 at 9:23 am | # |

            Thanks for the link. My mum said that I have added too much garlic. Will reduce the portion and update you the results next time I make it. Thanks for your help =)

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  13. Rp09 joined 3/10
    Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 3:56 am | # |

    Hey, Maangchi,

    I really love your recipes!!! I’ve already tried some of them and they all turned out really tasty~ Thank you so much for sharing these recipes with us~>3<y~

    This time, I want to try making "Kimchi". Unfortunately, I can't find "Hot pepper flakes"…so I bought "Hot pepper paste"…Can I use the paste instead of the flakes!? If yes, how about the "Sweet rice flour" amount, do I have to adjust it!?

    Please HELP me, Maangchi!!!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted March 3rd, 2010 at 8:20 am | # |

      no, that’s my simple answer! : )

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  14. Discfun70 Belgium joined 2/10
    Posted February 25th, 2010 at 2:28 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi,
    I made your Kimchi for my husband and he finds it fantastic!. On a scale of 100, he gave me 200 points. As a Belgian, who has not the habit of making Kimchi, I was very proud. With love.
    Rik

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  15. Tracey Chigae joined 2/10
    Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi!

    My mother is Korean and I’ve been watching her cook all these dishes my whole life, but I’m just now starting to try to cook everything on my own. Your site has been a huge help!! She is from Seoul so your recipes tend to differ slightly and I love that, it gives me all different ways to cook Korean :)

    I don’t really have access to really fresh seafood in Kansas City so I used some salted baby shrimp, also I just used regular flour but it turned out looking the same with good consistency so I think I did pretty well. Take a look…

    감사합니다

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 23rd, 2010 at 1:37 am | # |

      Adding salted baby shrimp to the kimchi paste sounds great! I’m sure your kimchi is very delicious!

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  16. karizmatic San Francisco, CA joined 2/10
    Posted February 22nd, 2010 at 2:50 pm | # |

    love your videos, maangchi! thank you! thank you! thank you!

    i’m actually deathly allergic to shellfish (crab, oysters, shrimp, mussels, etc; the allergy developed in my teens) – so much that my skin breaks out when my husband eats it and then gives me a kiss. however, i have found that i have not had any problems eating any kimchi. i was curious to know if the seafood component is typical in most commercially made kimchi or is that a special part of YOUR recipe? i’m not allergic to squid (as far as i know), but i am definitely supposed to stay away from oysters and i am very curious to know why it doesn’t affect me at all when i eat it in kimchi (assuming that i am). i am even more curious to know if there is an antidote in kimchi that i can tap into so that i can eat shellfish like a normal person again. i love exploring new foods and really hate this allergy limitation)

    thanks again for sharing your expertise :)

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  17. Summer joined 2/10
    Posted February 21st, 2010 at 9:02 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi, my first time posting here ;)
    I’ve tried many of your recipes and i absolutely love them!
    This is the first time i’ve made kimchi and everyone say its delicious! Photo here. Except that its not sour at all. I guess it’s because I put it in the fridge right away. You mentioned that you transferred from the big container to a small container. Is it ok that we take kimchi from the fridge and put it in a container outside the fridge? Does the cold and hot matters? We’ve just finished 5kg of kimchi, lol, within a month! I share it with my friends and relatives. Definately gonna make this again ;)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 21st, 2010 at 9:18 am | # |

      Congratulation! Your kimchi looks great and well made!
      “Is it ok that we take kimchi from the fridge and put it in a container outside the fridge? Does the cold and hot matters? ”

      Yes, take some kimchi from your fridge and keep it outside the fridge to ferment sooner.

      Fermentation of Kimchi depends on your room temperature, and the saltiness of your kimchi. Mostly, it will take a few days to ferment your kimchi at room temperature. However if you live in a warm country, it may take only 1 day because your room temperature will be higher.

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  18. anything Toronto joined 2/10
    Posted February 18th, 2010 at 10:27 pm | # |

    Hm, I guess there is a big difference between cayenne pepper flakes and hot pepper flakes lol. So hot! I don’t remember it being that bad in restaurant

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    • tooki Zurich, Switzerland joined 4/10
      Posted April 28th, 2010 at 2:53 pm | # |

      Yes, cayenne is much, much hotter than Korean chili flakes, which aren’t that strong.

      If you can’t get the Korean flakes, use chili powder — just look for a kind without cumin. It’s very similar, a tad less spicy actually.

      When I make kimchi, I use a little paprika for extra color. I guess you could mix sweet paprika with cayenne in an emergency!

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      • ryulite Brisbane,QLD, Australia joined 2/14
        Posted February 19th, 2014 at 12:33 am | # |

        thanks tooki.. i used just about 10g of ceyenne pepper powder and about 15g of hot chilli powder for my 2.2kg cabbage.. wow it is spicy!! but I like it!!! cant wait to taste!!! and good idea on the sweet paprika and ceyenne mix!!

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  19. martoufmarty Manitoba, Canada joined 2/10
    Posted February 17th, 2010 at 9:39 pm | # |

    Hi, your blog is wonderful! I discovered this recipe a few days ago. I’ve never had Korean food before, but I’m a lover of foods from all over the world and I decided to make kimchi following your recipe.

    I didn’t follow it exactly as I only used one head of cabbage and sort of ‘winged it’ with the amounts I needed for everything. I let the cabbage sit soaking in the salt in the fridge overnight, finished making the kimchi this morning, and it’s sitting in the fridge. Several times today I went to the fridge just to look at it.

    I hope my kimchi turns out alright. Even more so I hope I like it! ;)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:17 pm | # |

      Hi, there,
      I hope your kimchi turned out delicious!

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  20. Maneerat joined 2/10
    Posted February 17th, 2010 at 11:20 am | # |

    Hello Maangchi,

    I have a question to ask you. Why my Kimchi has too much gas and its taste is like I add Soda and a bit bitter.

    I have never made Kimchi by myself but I always buy packs of instant Kimchi from supermarket.

    That gas and taste always happen when I put it in plastic jar adding drinking water because I want it ferment to be sour taste and have more Kimchi Juice for my Kimchi Stew.

    I always put the jar in refrigerator and the jar itself swells. Then, sometimes, when opening the lid, I heard a sound of small explosion “pop”.

    Thank you for reply in advance.

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    • stanford USA joined 8/08
      Posted February 17th, 2010 at 12:33 pm | # |

      That’s science, baby!

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      • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
        Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:19 pm | # |

        yeah, the best kimchi tastes like pop soda! I think you made good kimchi, but I don’t know how come your kimchi tastes bitter. Check the taste of the all ingredients for your kimchi making.

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  21. kennethmoore Washington, DC joined 2/10
    Posted February 15th, 2010 at 9:32 am | # |

    Maangchi, I hope you are enjoying Costa Rica!

    Yesterday, for the New Year, I made your easy kimchi. I have been wanting to make some of your kimchi for a long time! I did not use any squid for this, and I didn’t have the right red pepper flakes, but it sure tasted good anyway!

    Check out how it looks.

    If I ferment this outside of the fridge, how long will it last? I’m waiting for maintenance to fix my fridge, so I can’t really use it right now–thus, yummy kimchi!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:23 pm | # |

      Your kimchi looks perfect! When your kimchi ferments, put it in the fidge. Kimchi doesn’t go bad easily but ferments.

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  22. Tintti joined 2/10
    Posted February 14th, 2010 at 6:47 am | # |

    Dear Maangchi,

    thank You for the great recipes! I LOVE your video of how to prepare easy kimchi. This was my fourth time to make kimchi, but this was the first time I think I got everything right. We’ll see! At least the fresh kimchi tasted way better than all the so-called kimchis I’ve made before :)

    I wonder if I am the first reader from Finland? :)

    Thank You again! I’m really looking forward to try your other recipes, yummy!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:24 pm | # |

      Welcome!
      No I have some readers from Finland. You are not alone! : )
      Email me your kimchi photo plz.
      Thank you for your update!

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  23. Cselestyna canada joined 2/10
    Posted February 11th, 2010 at 9:45 pm | # |

    Hey Maangchi!!! I have been following your youtube videos for years and I was so happy when you decided to create a website, I never had the opportunity to comment.

    Today a made my first sucessful easy kimchi!!!!

    I first made one months ago with none of the right ingredients and I used to much paste :( It ended up going into the garbage :(

    So today I made your easy kimchi, but I modified the amounts as my grocery store only had one head of napa cabbage, and I am pleased to say it turned out great!!!! lol my arms still hurt from squeezing the water out :)

    Thank you for taking the time to post and demonstrate these recipes!! I was also ecstatic when you posted yukgaejang! I had been looking for the recipe for years! I had no idea what it was called, only that it was yummy…I havent made it yet but as soon as i can get my hands on some of that cut of meat I need I will makes some, it just might take another year or two…but i just wanted to let you know how awesome you are for putting the effort into doing all these recipes and videos, I wish I had posted this Waaay back when you started your youtube stuff :)

    Happy asian new year ( well it’s not for 3 days but I thought I’d say so now anyways!)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:26 pm | # |

      Thanks a lot! “I was also ecstatic when you posted yukgaejang!” lol
      Happy cooking! You are awesome!

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  24. CJM joined 2/10
    Posted February 9th, 2010 at 3:09 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can I use potato flour instead of sweet rice flour for making porridge?

    By the way, I love your tutorials.They are very easy to follow. I watched almost 99% of them on your youtube channel!

    Thanks! Keep working!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 19th, 2010 at 7:27 pm | # |

      potato starch? I don’t know because I have never used it for my kimchi paste. But I think why not using it?

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    Posted February 8th, 2010 at 2:13 pm | # |

    Maangchi – Is it OK to 1/4 the recipe?

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 9th, 2010 at 1:00 am | # |

      of course it will be ok! Good luck with making delicious kimchi!

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  26. DavidL joined 2/10
    Posted February 7th, 2010 at 4:06 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    I fell in love with your Kimchi video and decided I just had to make some!!!

    I was wondering if there would be a difference if I used white rice flour instead of sweet rice flour?

    Thank you.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 7th, 2010 at 10:50 pm | # |

      You could use either white rice flour or plain all purpose flour to make porridge for kimchi paste.

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  27. Amber727 New Jersey joined 7/09
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 7:28 pm | # |

    Hello!
    Today I made this easy kimchi! I was snowed in today, so I didn’t have radish, leek, or squid :( But it was still very tasty! I am going to send you a picture. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 7th, 2010 at 10:51 pm | # |

      yay! Congratulation! Wonderful!

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  28. GingerSnap Seattle, WA, USA joined 2/10
    Posted February 6th, 2010 at 3:05 pm | # |

    Maangchi – excellent recipe and video. Thanks for posting!

    Glamour shot of my finished product here:

    http://flusteredflounder.blogspot.com/2010/02/kimchi.html

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted February 7th, 2010 at 10:53 pm | # |

      GingerSnap, I love your id name!: )
      Thank you for blogging about my kimchi recipe!

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  29. Nyl San Francisco joined 1/10
    Posted January 30th, 2010 at 9:22 am | # |

    Hi Mangchi,

    I’d like to make kimchi some day but I live with a roommate so it isn’t possible. I can only buy kimchi from the store and I keep it in the fridge but my roommate doesn’t like the smell either. If I keep it out in the balcony it’s fermented too fast. Do you have any advice on how to store the kimchi and the smell? Please help me.

    Thanks so much

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 30th, 2010 at 9:57 am | # |

      yeah,even I sometimes don’t like kimchi smell even though it’s my favorite food. : ) If I were you, I would make my own kimchi when I live alone or live with someone who don’t care about the smell.

      When you store your kimchi in the refrigerator, double-bag it. That’s what I’m doing and I have never problem with the kimchi smell.

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      • stella joined 2/10
        Posted February 4th, 2010 at 1:18 am | # |

        Hi Maangchi,

        I have been telling my friends about your site since I love it very much! I was waiting for your videos every week!

        I have a question for making kimchi. I don’t eat garlic, onion, green onion, carrot and radish. On top of that, I don’t eat squid and oyster. Sorry, I am a very picky eater :-<

        Can I follow your recipe but skip the ingredients I mentioned to make Kimchi? Will the taste be very strange? Do you think it's worth a try? Sorry if this is a "difficult/strange" question to answer. My biggest concern is that, it won't ferment very well I guess? Thanks for all the good recipes!

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        • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
          Posted February 4th, 2010 at 12:30 pm | # |

          stella,
          yes, you still can make your own delicious kimchi without using the ingredients that you mentioned.

          Let me know how you like it.

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        • tooki Zurich, Switzerland joined 4/10
          Posted April 28th, 2010 at 2:55 pm | # |

          Hi Stella,

          without all those aromatics, I think what you make will be like a spicy sauerkraut — not traditional Korean, but delicious I’m sure.

          You might want to try adding garlic or onion a little at a time, you might learn to like it!

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  30. MrsNutellalover USA joined 1/10
    Posted January 28th, 2010 at 3:51 pm | # |

    Hello Dear Maangchi,

    I just made kimchi today and it came out really good. I left small container outside and store two big jars in the frigde like you did :) I just have a question though. When I salted the cabbage they got soft in 50 minutes so I didn’t wait one and half hours otherwise cabbage was going to become too soft. Did I do right? Hopefully my kimchi is not going to go bad becasue of what i did. We ate tonight it tasted so good. Thank you very much Maangchi. I love your recipes.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 29th, 2010 at 1:01 am | # |

      Congratulation on your successful kimchi making. Is your kimchi salty enough? If so, you made good kimchi!

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      • MrsNutellalover USA joined 1/10
        Posted January 30th, 2010 at 5:47 am | # |

        Hello Maangchi and thank you for your reply. I put fish sauce acording to your recipe so I guess it’s salty enough to last a long time I hope. However, I don’t taste a lot of salt in the kimchi though. Next time no matter how soft the cabbage gets, should I leave it salted for half and hour? Thank you very much.

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        • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
          Posted January 30th, 2010 at 8:18 am | # |

          You can add salt to your kimchi now.

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  31. JimmyW Helena, MT joined 1/10
    Posted January 27th, 2010 at 9:48 pm | # |

    Hi, Maangchi. I always wondered whether there was an easier way to make cabbage kimchi, so I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m still making raddish kimchi regularly, and everyone enjoys the outcome. I’ve found, however, that there is a variation in the heat of the ground pepper that I’ve purchased from online Korean and Thai foods marketers. The last batch of pepper that I bought wasn’t quite hot enough. Can you suggest a source or brand that I may be able to buy online? Thanks!

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  32. meaghan Canada joined 1/10
    Posted January 27th, 2010 at 6:42 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    Your kimchi looks delicious! I just made some baechu kimchi yesterday, but next time I will try this recipe.
    I recently read an article in the Globe and Mail about you and your videos! Great job… it’s no surprise your recipes/videos are so popular. The videos are fun to watch and your recipes all turn out really well. Also, I was impressed to read your age–you have the looks and energy of someone in their 20 or 30’s! Must be all that healthy kimchi… :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 28th, 2010 at 12:04 am | # |

      Thank you very much! : )

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  33. joltcola13liar Washington/Oregon, USA joined 1/10
    Posted January 27th, 2010 at 12:47 am | # |

    I started making kimchi last summer with your originally posted recipe and I love it! I make big batches (2 or 3 gallons) and freeze it, then have it with rice or as stew. I just happened to realize last month that next time if I chop all the cabbage first, it will be easier to serve. So this is definitely what I will be doing next batch. I haven’t tried any of your other recipes yet, but when I have time to experiment making Korean food, this is where I’ll come. This kimchi lets me have healthy delicious food with no hassle in my busy schedule!

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    • joltcola13liar Washington/Oregon, USA joined 1/10
      Posted January 27th, 2010 at 12:48 am | # |

      Oh also, I’d love to hear about some of the other regional varieties of kimchi sometime.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 27th, 2010 at 10:31 am | # |

      “I chop all the cabbage first, it will be easier to serve. ” yes, easy kimchi but the same taste, why not?
      Let me know how it turns out. I’m sure you are good at kimchi making. Freezing kimchi may ruin the taste of kimchi. Was it ok?

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  34. ygroves joined 1/09
    Posted January 25th, 2010 at 6:51 pm | # |

    Yum! seriously makes me miss my mom. There is nothing like fresh kimchi and ramen. Can’t eat too much though my husband says I smell like garlic for days after :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 27th, 2010 at 10:34 am | # |

      oh, yeah? Good to hear that! Be nice to your mom. : )
      You like fresh kimchi and ramen? I usually like ramen with sour kimchi. “smell like garlic, smell like garlic” It sounds like rap lyrics!

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  35. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
    Posted January 25th, 2010 at 2:06 pm | # |

    Yeah! When i made kimchi before i chopped it up before i put it in the glass jar, because it was sometimes difficult to get it out of the jar in big pieces, it was like FLOP and kimchi juice all over the place.

    I’ll skip the sea food in my kimchi but i will add extra buchu! YUM!
    Can’t wait for a new kimchi recipy, perhaps buchu-kimchi???? :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 27th, 2010 at 10:35 am | # |

      “When i made kimchi before i chopped it up before i put it in the glass jar, ..”
      Reinier, you are so smart! : )

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  36. Gullwings Germany joined 1/10
    Posted January 24th, 2010 at 2:02 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! :) first of all, I love your recipes!! I tried many of them and they were delicious __<

    greetings from the snowy and icy Germany :)

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 25th, 2010 at 12:14 am | # |

      oh, it must be cold there!
      Happy Cooking! Make some hot soup. Your house will get warmer. : )

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      • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
        Posted January 25th, 2010 at 2:10 pm | # |

        Make some kimchi stew with lost of gochujang and you don’t need to heat your house, you will be the heating yourself :)

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  37. Martin Toronto joined 1/10
    Posted January 24th, 2010 at 1:25 pm | # |

    I’m making your original kimchi recipe for the second time. The first time worked very well, except that my kimchi was very salty (saltier than any I’ve had in Korean restaurants, anyway). It’s still great in kimchi chigae, but is a bit too salty to eat on it’s own. I may have added too much salt in the first step, so this time around I measured carefully.

    If the cabbage tastes too salty after salting and rinsing, is there any way to remove some of the salt? Soak it in water for a while, maybe?

    Also, I had some kimchi paste left over, so I froze it (I’ll use it now). Is that a good idea?

    Last question. I’d like to try using the kimchi method with other vegetables. I made your recipe with Korean radish, and I’ve read about using cucumber. Are there any other vegetables that Koreans turn into kimchi?

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 25th, 2010 at 12:24 am | # |

      Yes, soak the cabbage in water until you are satisfied with the level of saltiness.

      Left over kimchi paste should be kept in the freezer. What do you mean “is that a good idea?” Thaw it out and use it.

      I usually don’t make cucumber kimchi. I make oisobagi (stuffed cucumber kimchi) and finish eating it in a few days because cucumbers are easily getting soggy.

      You can make many kinds of kimchi with many other different vegetables, but each kimchi recipe is a little different. More kimchi recipe will be posted in the future.

      Good luck with making delicious kimchi!

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      • Martin Toronto joined 1/10
        Posted January 25th, 2010 at 2:47 pm | # |

        Worked wonderfully–about half an hour of soaking brought the salt level down so it was just right, I mixed in the thawed paste, and it’s now fermenting for 24 hours on the kitchen counter. (Tastes great already.) I’m going to give some to my Irish neighbour who loves kimchi.

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  38. candy3012 Malaysia joined 1/10
    Posted January 24th, 2010 at 5:33 am | # |

    Maangchi~~

    i was wondering is it ok to use glutinous rice flour in replace of the sweet rice flour? will it still be the same when i heat it up and boil it?

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    • sirdanilot Terneuzen, The Netherlands joined 10/09
      Posted January 24th, 2010 at 8:22 am | # |

      Just so you know: glutinous rice flour is the same thing as sweet rice flour. So yes you can use it.

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 24th, 2010 at 8:33 am | # |

      yes, glutinous rice flour is sweet rice flour.

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  39. leeemur SF Bay Area joined 7/09
    Posted January 24th, 2010 at 2:40 am | # |

    I really want to make my own kimchi, but I think 10 pounds would be too much for me. haha. I should cut down the recipe. I’ve always just bought kimchi from the supermarket. Cosmos kimchi is the best store bought kimchi I’ve ever tasted, but I bet homemade kimchi would be so much better. Thanks for this recipe maangchi! I’ll definitely try this out soon!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 24th, 2010 at 8:35 am | # |

      let me know how your kimchi turns out if you make it later. Kimchi runs out very fast if you make “kimchi stew” or “kimchi pancake”… : )

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      • Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09
        Posted January 25th, 2010 at 2:09 pm | # |

        Yes, those 2 dishes really make my kimchi run out really fast.

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  40. heesun New Haven, CT joined 1/10
    Posted January 23rd, 2010 at 4:34 pm | # |

    Dear Maangchi,

    I am so excited to be the first one commenting on this post! I am a Korean-Japanese-American college student who has been trying to learn how to make Korean food for years. Then, this past winter break, I discovered your website and decided to try a few recipes. My family raved about the soondubu chigae, tteokguk, and chapchae–no one could believe that it was homemade. Thank you so much for being such an amazing source of authentic Korean cuisine. Everyone thinks I have mastered Korean cuisine now, but little do they know it’s because of you!

    This particular post couldn’t have come at a better time because next week I’m leading a kimchee making workshop for a few friends here. I was worried about tackling the other kimchee recipe because of the 4 hour brining step, but now that you’ve reduced it to 2 hours, I am so relieved! I have one question–if I can’t get leeks here, could I substitute more Asian chives or more scallions? Your previous recipe didn’t include leeks so I was curious how essential the change is.

    Again, thank you Maangchi!

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    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
      Posted January 24th, 2010 at 8:38 am | # |

      Hi,
      “My family raved about the soondubu chigae, tteokguk, and chapchae–no one could believe that it was homemade. ” You must be a good cook! : ) I am glad to hear about your successful Korean cooking story!
      Yes, if leek is not available, use Asian chives or more green onions. Good luck with your kimchi workshop! Let me know how it goes!

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