Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Korean Kim-Chi

I've said before that I am a friend of fermentation. Two Sundays ago, I decided to have a Kimchi-astic day. Alex Lewin was having a demonstration in Rosindale, and then roomie and I decided to hit up "Korea Garden" on Harvard Ave and sample their kim-chi.

sorry korea garden-you've got nothing on me

I love Alex's workshops, and his hot pepper chef pants. Like Sauerkraut, Kimchi is deceptively simple. To make the spicy fermented cabbage Korean mainstay, all you have to do is

Napa 'bage reigns king
add flavors,

want some pepper with that pepper? (chili+ginger+onion+chili paste)
tamper down,

note:will stain hands. deal with it
and let sit.

all the models in a row

repeat steps 3 and 4 over the next 4 days. put in fridge. lasts for ever. tastes delicious.

striped nails are not optional

Alex is hosting a Kim-chi competition in March-so if you think yours is the best of the best-go duke it out with the champs. Lots more info here-I am but a young pupil and not ready to go head-to-head with the masters.

Oh and are you getting pumped for the breakfast challenge??? Next week is guaranteed to be fun! i hope you submit at least 1 recipe!


Alex said...

Elizabeth, thanks for the awesome write-up and great photos! And I really like the bold contrast between your nails, the red of the kimchi, and the blue of the tape. Until next time, Alex.

Danielle (Coffee Run) said...

I just read about your breakfast challenge and I love it! Count me in :D

Rachel@Coconut Crumbs said...

hey thanks for your comment. YES! I love the Brookline Booksmith, and go there regularly even though I moved to Cambridge last fall. Sounds like you've been having some kimchi fun. awesome- the more chili paste the better, is say. : )

moretolifethanlettuce said...

just voted for ya on green grapes :). your soup looked great! i love the header of your blog, cheddar cauliflower and that romanesco broccoli are 2 of my fave veggies in the world!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Wow your kim chi looks awesome and thx for the tutorial!
And also the breakfast challenge, thanks for the heads up you left me, gonna check that out :)

Lori said...

Oh I think I'm in love! That is a fantastic looking Kim Chi!!! I LOVE kim chi! But mine has always been missing that chili paste mixture! Thanks for the ideas!

dreamer said...

Ever since I was in South Korea I have been craving a good Kim Chi (the store stuff always lacks something)! Thanks for sharing this, I am going to book mark for sure! :)