Sunday, June 10, 2012

Vegan kimchi recipe

Several years ago, before I graduated university and could teach English as a second language legally,  I spent a summer teaching English in Seoul.  On a tourist visa.  Which is not the greatest or most law-abiding idea, but I made bank stringing together a bunch of private lessons from kindergarten to CEOs of banks.  This was way before my master's in TESL, back when only my US citizenship and light hair and eyes recommended me.

It was during that time that I cultivated my love of kimchi.  When you can not only stomach kimchi for breakfast at 7AM but crave it, you really know it's love.

My best friend is coming to visit me in 4 days!  She's vegan.  Most kimchi has fish sauce or brine shrimp in it, so it's not vegan.  And our Whole Foods doesn't sell vegan kimchi, we checked.  But you can make your own! Huzzah for self-sufficiency!

You will need:

  • 1 napa cabbage
  • 1 daikon radish
  • 8 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons Himalayan pink salt
  • 1/2 cup Korean chili powder (found at Asian market)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (6-8 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons red miso paste (found at health food stores)
  • blender
  • gloves
  • jar
(paleo, raw) homemade vegan kimchi
1.  Chop up a napa cabbage, a daikon radish, and the green part of 8 green onions.
before brining

2. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of salt and allow to brine for a couple of hours

After brining for about 3 hours

3. Get 1/2 cup Korean chili powder, 2 tablespoons of minced garlic, 1 tablespoons chopped ginger, the white part of the 8 green onions, 2 tablespoons of red miso paste and blend into a paste using a blender (I omitted the sugar)

4.  Add a cup of water to the mixture and blend again.  Then mix the paste into the veggies.  WEAR GLOVES. YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DON'T.

5. Pack the kimchi into a jar and let it sit on your counter for two days.  I knew it was ready when I smelled kimchi in my apartment as soon as I walked through the door.

6. Move it into your fridge!  It will get even more kimchi-y and delicious as time passes.  Fermented foods are so good for you!

My vegan friend pronounced this kimchi "super dank" which is a very high honor apparently.  What are your favorite kimchi or fermented foods recipes? 


  1. Thank you so much for this recipe :DDDD
    I just made it and when i tasted the kimchi base I was jumping in joy! It tastes exactly like those found in the market :DDDD
    Thanks so much once again :)

    1. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for feedback :)

  2. Just found your site and I love it! Going to get these ingredients tomorrow! I've been craving some kimchi but my vegan heart just won't let me eat the original kind with the fish in it lol. Thank you for sharing!!