Food & dining

How to make kimchi

Lee Kun Shee, the chef at Dumpling Daughter in Weston, may be a native of Taiwan, but he’s worked for years perfecting his kimchi recipe. If you like a stronger flavor, use cup each of gochugaru and gochujang.

1Napa cabbage, around 2 pounds
1teaspoon non-iodized salt (or more to taste)
1medium carrot, cut into matchsticks
2scallions, quartered to expose their insides and cut into matchsticks
2cloves garlic, finely chopped
¼or cup gochugaru (Korean red pepper flakes)
¼or cup gochujang (Korean condiment made of soybeans and red chiles)

1. Have on hand a 1-quart, wide-mouth Ball jar. Wash the cabbage, then core and cut into 1½- to 2-inch squares. In a large bowl, add a teaspoon of non-iodized salt, or to taste. Let the cabbage sit in the bowl for three hours, tossing it lightly every 20 minutes.

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2. Pour off liquid from the cabbage, and add carrot, scallions, garlic, gochugaru, and gochujang to the bowl. Taste for seasoning and add more salt, if you like. Mix by hand (or wearing a pair of kitchen gloves) and pack into the Ball jar. Let sit on your counter for 48 hours, every so often releasing air by uncapping the jar, then refrigerate and eat within six weeks. Adapted from Lee Kun Shee Ted Weesner

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