Watch Cooking Channel

DIY Kimchi Recipe

Aside from judging pickles and standing in line for hours at various street food vendors at last year’s Bay Area Eat Real Fest, I also attended the adjunct Eat Real Lit Fest. It featured a wide range of brainy foodies alternately reading from their works or extemporizing on the topic of street food and other burgeoning trends.

One of the highlights was local chef Richie Nakano. Cribbing from his notes and brandishing his inked arms, he regaled the audience with the saga of how he left a stable kitchen gig to launch his own street food business, Hapa Ramen. On opening day, exhausted from an all-night noodle-making session, faced with missing valves and other logistical problems, Richie was exasperated. But he persevered and went on to become one of the hottest street vendors in the city of San Francisco, as well as one of my more regular lunch treats on market days at the Ferry Building.

Richie’s ramen is worth the trip, for sure, but should you find yourself at his booth, don’t forget to order the extra carton of kimchi and pickles for just a buck more. Richie uses seasonal veggies for the pickles, which rest on a bed of salty-spicy kimchi.

I’ve made kimchi, but his is better, so I asked him about it. “The method is to salt the cabbage, let it sit for 3-5 days, then add in the chili mix and let it ferment until it gets nice and funky,” he says. ”I’ve found that the double fermentation and the added rice vinegar helps control things a bit more, and gives the kimchi an almost cheesy quality.”

Richie’s also not bound to just using the traditional napa cabbage; he recently made kimchi from escarole and apples. “The biggest rule is to not be bound by any specific ingredient or idea. As an L.A. K-Town gang member told me one time, ‘You can kimchi anything.’ And he had a tiger tattoo on his neck, so i was inclined to agree with him.’”

As would I.

Richie Nakano and his ramen noodles


Richie Nakano’s Kimchi

Richie makes 20-lb. batches, but I’ve scaled the recipe back to be a little more home-friendly. I’m including Richie’s original instructions, followed by my translation. Measurements are adjustable; if you want less spice, reduce the chili paste and/or the dry chili to your taste.

2 lbs cabbage, finely chopped
1/4 c. kosher salt
1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/3 c. chili paste
4-5 large cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp dry chili — powder, flake or gochukaru (Korean chili)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1-2 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch batons

Place the cabbage in a large, nonreactive bowl. Add the salt, and toss with your hands, making sure the salt gets evenly distributed. Place a plate on top, and place something heavy on top, like a large can of tomatoes, to press the cabbage. Let stand for 30 minutes to an hour.

Remove the weight and plate. Pour off any liquid that has accumulated in the bowl. Take the cabbage in handfuls and wring any excess moisture from it, then pack it tightly into a sterilized one-quart jar. You should be able to get into one quart. Liquid will release during the packing process; this is normal. Only pour it off if it’s overflowing.

Cover the jar with a clean kitchen towel and let rest at room temperature for three to five days. You’ll see some bubbles in the liquid, and the cabbage will take on a slightly sour, but not unpleasant aroma.

Turn the cabbage out into a large, nonreactive bowl. Puree the chili paste, vinegar, chili powder, garlic and ginger. Add to the cabbage, add the scallions, and mix thoroughly. Pack the mixture into another sterilized jar, cover with another clean towel and let rest another three to five days. Will keep, covered and refrigerated, for several weeks.

More from Sean and Punk Domestics:

Plus:

Sean Timberlake is a professional writer, amateur foodie, avid traveler and all-around bon vivant. He is the founder of Punk Domestics, a content and community site for DIY food enthusiasts, and has penned the blog Hedonia since 2006. He lives in San Francisco with his husband, DPaul Brown, and their hyperactive terrier, Reese.

Tags:

Comments (4088)

  1. Miracle Garcinia Cambogia Extract…

    Genuine Miracle Garcinia Cambogia Analysis That Will Give You By Far The Most Detailed Expert Details…

  2. survey hack tool posted 07/24/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]below you’ll find the link to some sites that we think you should visit[...]……

  3. free e cigarette sample posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]very few websites that happen to be detailed beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly well worth checking out[...]…

  4. Rufus posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]very couple of websites that occur to be comprehensive below, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly worth checking out[...]…

  5. holistic treatment posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]Every after inside a when we pick blogs that we read. Listed beneath would be the most current web pages that we opt for [...]…

  6. slot machine bar posted 07/24/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose…

  7. セイコー posted 07/24/2013

    セイコー…

    The essential principles behind watch which you can really benefit from beginning today….

  8. cash finance posted 07/24/2013

    cash finance…

    [...]very few internet sites that take place to be comprehensive beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly very well worth checking out[...]…

  9. Funny sports t shirts posted 07/24/2013

    Check this out…

    The information mentioned in the article are some of the best available…

  10. コーチF21929 アイボリー…

    An Dreadful Inescapable fact Regarding Your Lovely japan Goals…

  11. Pre-Order The Crew PS4 posted 07/24/2013

    Pre-Order The Crew PS4…

    [...]one of our guests lately advised the following website[...]…

  12. lavorare da casa con internet posted 07/24/2013

    Online Article…

    Every so often in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose…

  13. get abs fast routine posted 07/24/2013

    Websites we think you should visit…

    we like to honor many other internet sites on the web, even if they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out…

  14. News info…

    I was reading the news and I saw this really interesting information…

  15. slot machine bar stool posted 07/24/2013

    Online Article…

    Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed above are the latest sites that we choose…

  16. Pre-Order Xbox One Console posted 07/24/2013

    Pre-Order Xbox One Console…

    [...]one of our visitors not long ago advised the following website[...]…

  17. lesen Sie hier posted 07/24/2013

    Online Article…

    Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose…

  18. hattiesburg home designer posted 07/24/2013

    Wikia…

    Wika linked to this website…

  19. 3 bedroom house plans posted 07/24/2013

    Websites worth visiting…

    [...]here are some links to websites that we link to because we think they are worthed[...]……

  20. 10gb storage posted 07/24/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  21. juegos juegos posted 07/24/2013

    Title…

    [...]that will be the finish of this report. Here you’ll obtain some websites that we believe you’ll value, just click the links over[...]…

  22. Gratuit Xbox Live Codes posted 07/24/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]beneath you’ll find the link to few websites that we think you could visit[...]……

  23. Tellico Village posted 07/24/2013

    Tellico Village…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, nevertheless, they’re most trustworthy sources that we use[...]…

  24. Minecraft Downloads posted 07/25/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I discovered this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  25. game face posted 07/25/2013

    Recent Blogroll Additions……

    [...]usually posts some very interesting stuff like this. If you’re new to this site[...]……

  26. Travelgenio se consolida posted 07/25/2013

    Websites you should visit…

    [...]beneath you’ll find the link to some websites that we think you could see[...]……

  27. animal talk rescue posted 07/25/2013

    Cool sites…

    [...]we came across a cool site that you might enjoy. Take a look if you want[...]……

  28. ogrzewanie podczerwienią posted 07/25/2013

    Read was interesting, stay in touch……

    [...]please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web[...]……

  29. korzystanie z facebooka posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]we prefer to honor quite a few other world wide web web-sites on the web, even when they aren’t linked to us, by linking to them. Under are some webpages worth checking out[...]…

  30. Sites we Like……

    [...] Every once in a while we choose blogs that we read. Listed below are the latest sites that we choose [...]……

  31. homeowners insurance compnies posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  32. Jeremiah posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]very couple of web-sites that come about to become in depth beneath, from our point of view are undoubtedly properly really worth checking out[...]…

  33. translation service posted 07/25/2013

    Tumblr article…

    I saw someone writing about this on Tumblr and it linked to…

  34. how to posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors not too long ago encouraged the following website[...]…

  35. Eric Symons posted 07/25/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching Yahoo I found this page in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  36. Related……

    [...]just beneath, are numerous totally not related articles to ours, however, they are surely worth going over[...]……

  37. Great deals posted 07/25/2013

    Dreary Day…

    It was a dreary day here today, so I just took to messing around online and found…

  38. Divorce Lawyer Anoka posted 07/25/2013

    Check this out…

    [...] that is the end of this article. Here you’ll find some sites that we think you’ll appreciate, just click the links over[...]……

  39. SEO for plastic surgeon posted 07/25/2013

    Recommeneded websites…

    [...]Here are some of the sites we recommend for our visitors[...]……

  40. all weather furniture posted 07/25/2013

    Digg…

    While checking out DIGG today I found this…

  41. mooresville hair salon posted 07/25/2013

    Title…

    [...]one of our visitors lately suggested the following website[...]…

  42. funny videos jokes posted 07/25/2013

    funny videos jokes…

    [...]Here are several of the internet sites we suggest for our visitors[...]…

  43. bitskin posted 07/25/2013

    Its hard to find good help…

    I am forever saying that its difficult to get good help, but here is…

  44. free classifieds posted 07/26/2013

    Trackback…

    [...]Excellent weblog right here! Additionally your site quite a bit up very fast![...]…

  45. Water Filter posted 07/26/2013

    Water Filter…

    [...]Sites of interest we have a link to[...]…

  46. Asianescorts posted 07/26/2013

    Yahoo results…

    While searching amazon I found this site in the results and I didn’t think it fit…

  47. African Mango posted 07/26/2013

    Blogs you should be reading…

    please visit the sites we follow, including this one, as it represents our picks from the web…

  48. Informative and precise…

    Its difficult to find informative and precise information but here I noted…

  49. homes for sale brooklin posted 07/26/2013

    Sources…

    [...]check below, are some totally unrelated websites to ours, however, they are most trustworthy sources that we use[...]……

  50. Court Reporters in Boca Raton posted 07/26/2013

    Awesome website…

    [...]the time to read or visit the content or sites we have linked to below the[...]……

Post a New Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

c