Young summer radish water kimchi

Yeolmu mulkimchi 열무 물김치

Yeolmu mul kimchi is usually eaten in summer in Korea. Making bibimbap with barley rice, doenjang jjigae, yeolmu kimchi, hot pepper paste and sesame oil is one of the most popular and delicious dinners for hot summer. My mouth is watering while writing this explanation!


4 pounds of yeolmu (young summer radish), salt, flour, fish sauce, sugar, garlic, ginger, onion, green chili pepper, red chili pepper, and water.


Prepare the young summer radish (yeolmu):

  1. Peel the radishes and remove any dead leaves.
  2. Cut into pieces about 5 cm long and put them into a big bowl. Soak in cold water and drain.
  3. Add ½ cup of salt and mix with your hands. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  4. 30 minutes later, turn it over to salt evenly and let it sit another 30 minutes (total salting takes 1 hour).
  5. Rinse and drain the salted yeolmu thoroughly until all the grit and dirt are removed.  Drain in a colander and set aside.

Make porridge:

  1. In a small pot, mix 1 tbs flour and 1 cup of water and heat it over medium heat until cooked.
  2. Occasionally stir the mixture until the liquid thickens.
  3. Add 1 tbs sugar.
  4. Remove from the heat and let it cool down.

Make yeolmu kimchi:

  1. Slice 1 cup’s worth onion thinly, mince ½ tbs of ginger, chop 2-3 red chili peppers, 2-3 green chili peppers, mince 4 cloves of garlic, and put them into a large bowl.
  2. Add 2 tbs of hot pepper flakes, the porridge, and ¼ cup of fish sauce. Mix well.
    *tip: You can replace fish sauce with 2-3 tbs of salt
  3. Add the yeolmu and mix by hand.
  4. Transfer to a container or glass jar.


Add water (mul) to make yeolmu mulkimchi:

  1. Mix 8 cups of purified water and 2-3 tbs salt in a bowl. Pour into the jar of yelomu kimchi and mix well.
    *tip: You can use boiled but cooled down water

You can eat it right away, but if you prefer it fermented keep the jar at room temperature for a couple of days. Normally, it should be stored in the refrigerator.


* Serve with rice. You can add some ice cubes to each serving 




  1. Sav_sss Canada (near Montreal) joined 3/15
    Posted October 28th, 2015 at 7:23 pm | # |

    I was wondering is this kimchi only made in summer ?? we cannot find any yeolmu in winter is that it? because i wanted to make yeolmu mulkimchi and Chonggakmu kimchi but i’m under the impression does vegetables are only available in summer or so am i righ?


  2. Didee_ Australia joined 7/16
    Posted July 19th, 2016 at 8:05 pm | # |

    Maangchi, I made this recipe the other day and although I love it m, the rest of my family doesn’t. If I take the young radish out of the broth, can I cook with it instead like I do kimchi? Do I add any other sauces to it like red pepper paste or powder??

    • sanne Munich joined 8/14
      Posted July 20th, 2016 at 5:02 am | # |

      I’d chop it thoroughly (preferably in a food processor) and smuggle it into fillings, pancakes etc.; use it as you would any other kimchi.
      Keep it in the liquid until you use it; the liquid can be diluted as a beverage and for naengmyeon.

      Bye, Sanne.

  3. Jinah joined 12/15
    Posted December 8th, 2015 at 11:46 am | # |

    This looks so good I’m looking for some dishes I’m trying to goto Assi

  4. Maangchi New York City joined 8/08
    Posted October 29th, 2015 at 12:20 am | # |

    Hi Savannah,
    Yes, yeolmu is a summer vegetable, so Koreans make it in the summer time. Do some experiments with other vegetables such as bok choy, radish, small red radish.
    Good luck with your kimchi making!

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