Not-so-spicy Korean Kimchi Recipe for Tender Russian Taste Buds

The day I have discovered Korean kimchi, expression "love hurts" gained the whole new meaning for me. At a restaurant, I would wait for a first bite of kimchi with a mixed feeling. I loved the taste of pickled Chinese cabbage, but could barely tolerate the spicy bite of it. We, Russians, don’t usually eat spicy food, but do love our pickled cabbage. And since I collect easy and healthy cabbage recipes, my solution was obvious – learn how to make kimchi. I decided to find a simple Korean kimchi recipe and adjust it to my liking. So I searched and discovered a dozen of Korean kimchi recipes that looked promising, and chose the simplest one.


After I adjusted amount of spices, my kimchi recipe turned out to be better than any kimchi I ate at the restaurant. My family appreciated it as well. Making kimchi was also easier and quicker than pickling cabbage!

Tip on making kimchi… or any other good meal by a recipe

Having tested hundreds of recipes, I learned to take proportions with a grain of salt. I also learned that a recipe may be delicious in someone else’s books, but not necessarily in my own. Tastes differ. And so, here is one of my top cooking tips: when cooking an unknown recipe, add spices, salt and sugar in portions.

I did so in this case. My kimchi had the traditional taste, but only half of its usual bite. I put about half of the recommended amount of both ginger and garlic and reduced chili pepper. My homemade kimchi still had enough ginger and garlic to clean my airways that were stuffed that day. By the way, that flu or cold, whatever it was, has never progressed, and I attributed my quick recovery to the protective qualities of the Korean kimchi.

Kimchi is a probiotic, antiviral and antibacterial fat burning food. It this doesn’t entice you to try making it, I don’t know what will… Perhaps, scientific research? How about this, " Korean researchers have discovered that couples that eat 1 bowl of Kimchi every day at the dinner table have 50% less chances of separation and adultery..." Just kidding! I am just making this up :)

If you make this recipe, beware that it won’t be as red as Korean Kimchi at the Korean restaurant or supermarket. I just don’t put as much chili pepper. But rest assured, the taste is great and the process is really simple.

Not-so-spicy Korean Kimchi ( Pickled Chinese cabbage)

Adjusted from Dr. Kim's Kimchi recipe
Summary: If Korean kimchi recipes are just too spicy for you, try my pickled chinese cabbage variation. As usual, quick and easy, it helps to beat cold and flu, and allows those of us who cannot tolerate spict food to still enjoy Korean kimchi.
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  • ½ Napa cabbage (approximately one pound. Double the ingredients to use the whole cabbage)
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • 3 tbsp of sea salt
  • 1 tsp of fresh garlic, finely chopped or grated
  • 1 tsp of fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh green onions (scallions), finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 1/2 tsp of sugar

  1. Wash napa cabbage and cut it into bite-size pieces ( about ½ inch wide)
  2. Put it in the bowl, add salt and slightly squeeze it just to distribute salt evenly
  3. Add cold water. Cover with a heavy plate or bowl and put in the fridge for 1 day ( or one night)
  4. Take it out of the fridge, and wash off salty water.
  5. Prepare mix: grate ginger and garlic, add salt and sugar and a cup of warm water. Add chili powder. If you have chili flakes, they are fine, too. It’s just your kimchi won’t be as red.
  6. Add this mixture to the bowl with napa cabbage, mix, and relocate into the jar. Press firmly so that the liquid covers it well. Leave about 1 inch free on the top of the jar. One portion of kimchi fills one 0.5 lt jar.
  7. Leave that jar on the counter top for 2 nights. Cover it with the lid, but don’t screw it in as your kimchi needs air.
  8. Move it to the fridge, and it will continue fermenting there. You can now try your kimchi. Yummy!


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