Sunday, November 7, 2010

Kimchi Recipe: Kimchi Brings Health & Beautiful Skin

Hi everyone =)
Have you ever tasted famous Korean food kimchi? If you haven't then you should try it, Kimchi has a lot of good benefit both for health and skin beauty.

Recently, Kim Sung-Hoon, who chairs an upcoming Gwangju Kimchi Festival claimed that 'You know why there are so many beautiful women in Korea and Korean women have such smooth skin? It's because they have been grown on kimchi.' 
and 'If you want to age gracefully and have beautiful skin, eat Korean kimchi,' said Mr Kim, a former agriculture minister.

So I began searching for benefit of kimchi and found something that interesting.
The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five “World’s Healthiest Foods” for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth.

Garlic in kimchi is rich in selenium and acillin This trace mineral is a key ingredient in the process that keeps skin and hair healthy, thereby preventing wrinkles.It also prevents cholesterol platelets from adhering to artery walls.

Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron.

There is basically a lot of way to made a kimchi. Some people prefer to use gochujang (fermented  red pepper paste), or just ordinary crushed red pepper flakes. So here is my recipe =D (learnt it from my umma)

First you must prepare all there ingredients ^^, and let's start the brining process~
1 Napa cabbage / Celery cabbage
a quarter cup of sea salt
a bowl (small) of water
The key of kimchi making is fermentation. and the fermentation will work out if you do proper brining process.

Chopped napa cabbage to bite-size pieces. Mixed a quarter cup of salt with a bowl of water untill all the salt dissolved well. Then pour the brine to freshly chopped napa cabbage. Make sure that all the brine is covering every side of the napa cabbage. Then leave at room temperature for 4-5 hours.
This brining process is important!  and make sure that you add an appropiate amount of salt, too much salt would makes the kimchi becomes so salty.

After wait for 4-5 hours. Wash the brined napa cabbage 3 times with clean water to deprive the salt.
And start to make a kimchi sauce:
1/2 Ripe Apple (peeled)
1/2 Ripe Pear  (peeled)
1/2 Onion, chopped
5 cloves of garlic
a quarter cup of anchovy sauce or fish sauce (buy at K-market)
a quarter cup of ko choo kah rhoo (red pepper flakes)
1 tsp of sugar
1 tsp of minced ginger
a scallion

a concoction of apple and pear juice added natural sweetness to kimchi, and this is the secret recipe ^.<~
Put the apple, pear, onion, and  garlic to juicer and juice them well, don't add any water. and you will get something like this:

 Then, pour the red pepper flakes, minced ginger, chopped scallions, and fish sauce to pear and apple juice. Blend them well with a spoon.

You will get a reddish paste by now. Pour it to the brined napa cabbage.

Peoples choose to mix them with gloves, But I prefer to mix it with a spoon only. You can choose whatever you like^^ After all the mixture blended well. the kimchi making is over and you can start to taste it, if it becomes to salty, here is how to help out your kimchi:
Add one radish, finely chopped and blend them well again =)

And Tadaaaaaa~!
freshly homemade kimchi ready to eat ^^ or if you prefer to ferment it first it's ok :
To ferment: Put all your freshly made kimchi to a jar. Glass jar or plastic, or just tupperware is okay =) Be sure to cap the jar. Leave them for one days at room temperature before put it in fridge.
The kimchi will continue to ferment as you leave it in refrigerator. The longer it ferment, the more sour  it would get.

You can add kimchi as a sidedish on everymeal, or make kimchi as main ingredients for other recipe like kimchi-jigae or dokbokki kimchi. All is super delicious and spicy =)


  1. The kimchi that you've cooked looks soooooo delicious! I wish I know how to cook hehehe (^_~)

    PS. I'm going to upload my Onara video tomorrow! (´(エ)`)ノ♥

  2. @Rabito: thanks..hehe...
    wah really? tomorrow? please do tag meee =D I really2 want to hear it ^^

  3. your kimchi looks yummier than how my mum makes it~ hahaha. ^^

    i will try out your recipe one day :3

  4. Thank u for your kimchi recipe....

  5. That looks so yummy! thanks~=) Would try this one day! hehe.. (cz I want smooth skin like Korean women toO! XD LOL)

  6. the picture of the food is very exciting. i feel hungry so much..nyam..nyam..nyam..

  7. wow i love kimchi and i always see in dramas the actors make it but i never really how to make it...would you consider sending some to me? haha ^___^

  8. wooot Kimchi ! my favorite !!! lol...
    I always wanted to try to make it myself but scared if it's too cumbersome >_<
    send me some please ~~~ hehe...

  9. ahhh u actually make your own kimchee? oh man ^_^ my family has been buying it pre-made because it's so labor intensive to make - omo how do u do it ><? eheh yours look pretty good though~

  10. I love kimchi but I think im too lazy to make it :(
    hehe though maybe one day I will :D!

  11. I love KimChi :D
    Although the smell is sometimes too strong sometimes *-*! I usually just buy it from the Korean shops near by :) It's easier that way :D !

    And I had no idea about it's health properties so thank youuuuu for telling me :D

  12. i dont like eating veggies but kimchi can change my mind about it xDD will try to make one soon! thank you for the recipe!

  13. Oh gosh-- I feel like all the blogs I follow gave been posting their own recipes for kimchi, lately.

    ; 3; So... delicious~~. Me and my sis need to get to H-mart sometime soon and buy all the ingredients so we can make our own. c:<

    Anyway, thanks for sharing this lovely recipe! Your cooking looks great~.

  14. Oh wow thanks for the recipe! Looks so good^^

  15. omgsh i love kimchi!!!
    im going to try out this recipe and hopefully work ><!!!


  16. YUM ! This looks great. Going to try this out ;-D

  17. You are a good chef Rin.. I like this entry. This is something i want to try. Your Kimchi:)

  18. OMG !! thanks again for visiting my blog!! I have entered the treasure!! I love kimchi and always wnated the recipe... but never found easier than yours... love love

  19. thanks for sharing!! now I am going to "try" this on my own... probably won't be successful :p

  20. @all: happy trying making your own kimchi ^^

  21. Browsing through your older posts..
    Yay! the kimchi you made looks so yummy~~
    but I am too lazy to make one teehee
    so i guess Ill just buy from some Korean grocery store ~ but I will keep this recipe in case :D
    Thanks for this~~

  22. i never knew kimchi had so many good properties~
    will definitely eat more =D lol

    if i ever get my lazy bum to make kimchi instead of buying them i'll try this recipe =D

  23. Oh! We dont have a red pepper flakes here, Actually yes but we have to buy it and ride taxi for 1-2 hrs, Can you suggest any spices or sub for red pepper flakes? And how about the sea salt can i use table salt or iodized ssalt?

  24. you can use anykind of natural red pepper flakes, my fren in US used red flakes for pizza and she said it did well =)

    and for slat, u can use either kosher salt or just a table salt

  25. wat is reddish paste made of?? wa wa im so curious how to make those korean kimchi thingy ^^!!

  26. I haven't tried any Kimchi recipe before because it takes time to make it according to recipe blogs out there. I like spicy foods. Maybe that's why I fancy Korean Cuisine. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll definitely make one for our Korean Night.

  27. super bubur? the bowl gift from super bubur? oyeah,, that is from my country..^^

  28. are not going to put chili paste? cuz I thought you also needed chili paste, and that makes the kimchi really spicy...

  29. @kerry: you mean gochujang? nah, that one is different from the 고추가루, go cookahroo,go choo ga roo(or whatever the spelling is, idk to spell it in alphabet>.<). Mostly, ppl use that for kimchi :)