Fresh Kimchi
5 from 2 votes

Fresh Kimchi

Course: Sides
Prep Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins
Servings: 8 people
Author: Anna Bloomfield
This fresh Kimchi is a great side to any Oriental rice dish or in a sandwich with cheese or leftover roast meat. Crisp, garlicky and as hot as you like. You may end up eating it straight out of the jar!
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For the vegetables

  • 4 pak choi
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • A small pack of radishes (10–12)
  • 2 carrots peeled
  • 4 spring onions

For the marinade

  • 4 cm piece fresh ginger (finely grated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons tamari/fish sauce
  • 2 teaspoons rounded demerara sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha chilli sauce (see notes)


  • Slice the pak choi into 2cm strips discarding the bottom. Wash if necessary. Place the pak choi into a large bowl, sprinkle over the salt and mix with your hands to distribute the salt as evenly as possible. Leave for 1 hour.
  • Mix the marinade ingredients together.
  • Top and tail the remaining vegetables then thinly slice the radish, cut the spring onions into 2.5cm chunks and, using the peeler, ‘peel’ the carrot into thin ribbons.
  • Rinse the pak choi thoroughly and drain well removing as much of the water as possible.
  • Place all the vegetables in a clean bowl, pour over the marinade, mix well with your hands and stuff into a 1 litre mason jar. Store in the fridge.


Sriracha chilli sauce is relatively easy to pick up, I got it in Tesco. If you don’t think you will use it up though you can just use a pinch of regular chilli flakes instead.


Calories: 71kcal (4%) | Carbohydrates: 12g (4%) | Protein: 6g (12%) | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1516mg (63%) | Potassium: 1136mg (32%) | Fiber: 4g (16%) | Sugar: 7g (8%) | Vitamin A: 21375IU (428%) | Vitamin C: 191.2mg (232%) | Calcium: 454mg (45%) | Iron: 3.5mg (19%)

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