For our first ‘Friday Foods’ we look at how to make kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish. There are many variations to kimchi, but this is our take on it. Keep reading to find out how to make Korea’s national dish!

Ingredients:
– 1 napa cabbage
– water
– 1/4 cup of salt
– 1/4 cup of crushed red pepper flakes
– 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic
– 1 tablespoon of crushed ginger
– 4 green onions, sliced
– 2 tablespoons of anchovy sauce
– 1 cup of sugar OR half an apple, half a pear, half a yellow onion

Step 1: Separate the leaves of the napa cabbage and cop them up into pieces.

Step 2: Add the 1/4 cup of salt to a small bowl of warm water and stir it until it has dissolved.

Step 3: Add the salt water to the napa cabbage, lightly tossing it until it is distributed equally.

Step 4: Let this sit at room temperature for 4 hours.

Step 5: Wash and drain the cabbage to rinse off the salt water, and return the cabbage to a large bowl, where you will add the rest of the ingredients!

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Step 6: Add the 1/4 cup of red pepper flakes to a small bowl of warm water and mix until it has turned into a paste, then add this to the cabbage.

Step 7: Add 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic to the cabbage.

Step 8: Add 1 tablespoon of crushed ginger to the cabbage.

Step 9: Chop up 4 green onions and also add to the cabbage.

step 10: Add 2 tablespoons of anchovy sauce to the cabbage. (If you prefer a vegetarian version then feel free to skip this step!)

Step 11: Add 1 cup of sugar to the cabbage OR if you prefer to try something a little different then instead of the sugar, simply add half an apple, half a pear and half a yellow onion, all blended up with one cup of water. Then add to the cabbage.

Step 12: Finally, put your gloves on and mix everything! You should then have your kimchi, enjoy!

Leave your comments below on how your kimchi turned out! If you have any requests on what you’d like us to do for the next ‘Friday Foods’ then let us know!

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