Emergency kimchi

Yangbaechu-kimchi 양배추김치

Hi everybody!
In this video I’m showing you a method I developed to make kimchi simply and easily. It’s faster and easier because I skip the porridge-making step, I use common cabbage instead of napa cabbage, and I don’t use oysters or fermented squid.

Why? Because this is an emergency! : )


Total time to make this kimchi is 30 minutes. If you have fast hands, it might be 20-25 minutes.

Most people know that traditional, authentic kimchi is made with napa cabbage (in Korean: “baechu”). While I travel, I sometimes see napa cabbage sold at local markets, but it’s not available in many countries. So when I want kimchi when I travel I make it with common cabbage (in Korean: “yangbaechu”). I know others have also been experimenting with this.

It’s a recipe that I developed over numerous trips to countries where napa cabbage wasn’t available. Which is why I call it “emergency kimchi.”

You could use this recipe when you need to make kimchi rapidly, or if there’s no napa cabbage where you live.

I stayed at the beach in Puerto Escondido, Mexico for 4 days. I made this kimchi on the second day and enjoyed it for the rest of the time I was there. The leftover kimchi was given to my new friend Bev from Arkansas. I’ll tell you about her in my next blog.


Cabbage, salt, hot pepper flakes, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, green onions, and carrot.


  1. Cut 2 pounds of cabbage into thin strips about 2-3 inches in length and ¼ inch wide. Place into a large bowl.
  2. Add 1 cup cold water and ¼ cup kosher salt. Mix it well with your hands to properly salt the cabbage.
  3. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  4. Make kimchi paste by mixing these ingredients in a bowl:
    ⅓ cup hot pepper flakes,
    1 tbs sugar,
    ¼ cup fish sauce,
    ¼ cup minced garlic,
    3-4 stalks of chopped green onion (⅓ cup worth),
    ¼ cup’s worth of julienned carrot
  5. Wash and rinse the salted cabbage in cold water a couple of times. Drain the water.
  6. Mix the kimchi paste into the cabbage thoroughly.
  7. Put the kimchi into a container, jar, or plastic bag.
  8. Press the top of the kimchi down with your hands to protect your kimchi from being exposed to too much air.
  9. You can eat it right away, just like salad. Or keep it at room temperature and it will ferment in a few days. Fermented kimchi can be used for kimchi stir-fried rice or kimchi stew, and it will be delicious.




  1. Pccook Pittsburgh,pa joined 1/18
    Posted January 24th, 2018 at 3:15 pm | # |

    Amazing, I just made this! I love how quickly this came together. The flavors the excellent, I did make sure that the kimchi was pressed downs firmly with a bowl to weight it while covered in the container. Thank you , this is a keeper for me. The Korean ground chili peppers are key to this.

  2. Mexoreans Las Vegas, NV joined 1/18
    Posted January 6th, 2018 at 12:12 am | # |

    I made this tonight and it came out amazing! Exceeded my expectations. I’ve always been afraid to make kimchi because my mom’s is the best and making kimchi always seemed intimidating to me. Now I have a go-to recipe for a quick and easy way to satisfy my kimchi fix! Thank you!!!

  3. NipJin Sri Lanka joined 10/17
    Posted October 9th, 2017 at 5:02 am | # |

    I am waiting for a long time to make kimchi, but I’m afraid that I will mess it since I couldn’t find some ingredients.
    1. Here there’s no where to find Hot Pepper Flakes and can I use Red Chilli Flakes/Powder instead?
    2. We have just normal rice flour and can I use them to make the porridge instead glutinous/sweet rice flour? Or can I just make kimchi without making a porridge and how long will it last?

  4. Sio lover Ksa joined 12/16
    Posted August 28th, 2017 at 7:24 pm | # |

    I made today the kimchi its soooo nice and I did it with red paprika and hot chili powder cause I dont have the chili but actually I got 95% of the orginal kimchi its fermenting.
    But cause its so hot in ksa can I ferment it in 1 day only?

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  5. HJPARK Wales joined 7/17
    Posted July 12th, 2017 at 5:42 pm | # |

    I found a different type of cabbage which called savoy cabbage a few days ago. It looked thinner than normal cabbage. so I picked it up and I made a kimchi with it as soon as I back home. Finally, today I made kimchbokkeumbab with this kimchi, actually it wasn’t fermented fully but I couldn’t wait.
    In conclusion, it wasn’t bad but not perfect for proper traditional kimchi because its leaves are a bit thicker than napa cabbage.
    I will try to make kimchi with savoy cabbage soon again. Next time I’ll use more salt when it’s soaked or sit aside longer.
    anyway thank you maangchi. you always encourage me to cook, especially make kimchi!!
    I will report again!!

  6. sumomo Poland joined 1/15
    Posted April 10th, 2017 at 5:01 am | # |

    Hi Maanghi!
    I love your recipies! Yesterday I made emergency kimchi but it is so salty. i don’t have radish to add. If I add more cabagge it will be okay?
    Thank you!

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