1 small to medium head Napa cabbage, discolored or loose outer leaves discarded
2 tablespoons coarse salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
20 cloves garlic, minced
20 slices peeled fresh ginger, minced
1/2 cup kochukaru (Korean chile powder)
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup usukuchi (light soy sauce)
2 teaspoons jarred salted shrimp
1/2 cup (1-inch) scallion pieces
1/2 cup julienned carrots
Halve cabbage lengthwise. Cut halves crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces. In a large bowl, toss cabbage with salt and 2 tablespoons sugar. Transfer to refrigerator and let stand overnight.
In a large bowl, combine garlic, ginger, kochukaru, fish sauce, usukuchi, shrimp, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. If mixture is very thick, add water, 1/3 cup at a time, until consistency is just thicker than a creamy salad dressing. Stir in scallions and carrots.
Drain cabbage and add to bowl with garlic mixture. Cover and transfer to refrigerator for at least 24 hours. It is best when kept refrigerated for 2 weeks but will keep refrigerated for up to 1 month.
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