Korean Radish Kimchi (Kkakdugi)
How to make crunch and delicious Korean radish Kimchi (Kkakdugi)
Prep Time1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
- 1.1 kg Korean radish (2.5 pounds), or daikon radish, rinsed and skin peeled
- 3 stalks green onion (50 g / 1.8 ounces), rinsed
- 2 Tbsp raw sugar
- 2 Tbsp rock salt or Korean coarse salt
RADISH KIMCHI BASE
- 1/2 small brown onion (70 g / 2.5 ounces), skin peeled, cut into small pieces to blend
- 1/2 small red apple (50 g / 1.8 ounces), seed and core removed, cut into small pieces to blend
- 3 Tbsp Korean fish sauce , I used anchovy sauce
- 1 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 Tbsp minced ginger
- 4 Tbsp Korean chili flakes (gochugaru)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp rice flour
Cut the radish into medium sized cubes. (It could be smaller or bigger if that’s what you prefer. Just be mindful that the radish will shrink as they go through the fermentation process.) Put the cubed radish into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar and the salt and mix them well. Leave it for 1 hour at room temperature.
While waiting, chop the green onion into small pieces and make the Kimchi base. Blend the onion and apple with the fish sauce in a blender. (It can take a few minutes as the liquid isn’t as much as the solids.) Make the rice porridge by mixing the water and the rice flour in a bowl and heating them up for 1 min in a microwave. (It could be shorter or longer depending on the output power of your microwave). It should give you a mildly runny porridge texture. Mix all the Kimchi base ingredients (*except for 2 Tbsp of Korean chili flakes) in a medium sized bowl.
After one hour, rinse the radish in cold running water a couple of times and drain any excess water for 5 mins.
Put the radish into a clean mixing bowl and add 2 Tbsp of Korean chili flakes. (Put a food prep glove on.) Mix the chili flakes with the radish evenly. (By adding this chili flakes separately and earlier than rest of the Kimchi base, you are giving a nice vibrant colour to the radish. Also, my mum believes that it will help the Kimchi base to smear well into the radish). Add the chopped green onion and the Kimchi base and mix them evenly and thoroughly.
Move the seasoned radish into an air tight glass container (1.5L glass jar for the above-listed quantity) and leave it at room temperature for between 6 to 24 hours depending on the temperature (I left mine out for 1 day with early spring temperature.). After that keep it in the fridge. (The best temperature for storing any Kimchi is 6 degree Celsius (42.8F).)
Calories: 52kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 1896mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 985IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.1mg