Napa Cabbage Kimchi

This wonderful recipe for napa cabbage kimchi is part of David Chang's Bo Ssam dish.

  • Yield: Makes 1 to 1 1/2 quarts
Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2009


  • 1 small to medium head napa cabbage, halved crosswise, halves sliced lengthwise into 1-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons coarse salt
  • 20 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 20 slices peeled ginger
  • 1/2 cup Korean chile powder
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salted shrimp
  • 1/2 cup (1-inch) scallion pieces
  • 1/2 cup julienned carrot pieces


  1. Place cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle 2 teaspoons sugar and salt over it. Transfer bowl to refrigerator; refrigerate overnight.

  2. Place garlic and ginger in the bowl of a small food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer garlic and ginger to a large bowl, along with chile powder, fish sauce, soy sauce, shrimp, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar; stir to combine. Mixture should resemble the texture of a creamy salad dressing. If mixture is too thick, stir in 1/3 cup of water.

  3. Add scallion, carrots, and cabbage mixture; toss to combine. Cover and transfer to refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Kimchi gets better as it ages and is at its peak after 2 weeks in the refrigerator. It is best eaten within one month.


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