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Radish Kimchi 깍두기

True, I won’t eat dukguk just because it’s the new year if I don’t feel like eating it.  But kimchi?  kimchi is in a league of its own.  Bold red in color…like well, blood.  It’s literally in a Korean persons blood… it’s scent alone is undeniable.  Ever open up a Korean ladies fridge?  It’s an unforgettable smell.  Oh so carefully do I have to tuck my boxes of butter as far and away as I can from my big ole’ bucket o’ kimchi.  However stinky, I wouldn’t dream of parting ways with it just to maintain a lemony fresh kitchen.  Even I am guilty of an occasional anorexic fridge.  Those days, I can still at the very least, rely on my old friend Kimchi.  It’s always there.  Humble and quiet (except again for it’s undeniably strong scent) and so laid back in that it will allow you the freedom to do so much considering it’s just one dish.  Kimchi pancakes, kimchi potstickers, kimchi jjigae, kimchi fried rice, kimchi noodles…not to mention all the different varieties of kimchi that can be made in the first place…kimchi made of radish, any type of cabbage, cucumbers, scallions, chives…I mean, the possibilities are endless!!!

Radish Kimchi 깍두기
 
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Ingredients
  • 10 c cubed Korean radish + cold water + 2 tb coarse sea salt (regular Salt will not do)
  • 2 tb sweet rice flour + 1 c water
  • ½ c red pepper flakes
  • 3 tb baby brine shrimp + 2 tb fish sauce
  • 3 tb minced garlic
  • 1 tb minced ginger
  • ½ grated apple
  • ½ tb sugar
Instructions
  1. Set your salted radish cubes aside for 30-45 minutes, afterwards drain and rinse twice.
  2. Cook your rice flour + water until it thickens and starts to bubble...remember to cool it before mixing
  3. In a separate bowl, combine your flakes, shrimp, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, apple, and sugar
  4. Mix the cooled rice mixture + all of the components for the "red paste"
  5. Gently begin to massage the combined paste onto your newly bathed radish Cubes until the whole thing achieves a deeper red color than when you first started.

Love,

Your Squishy Monster ^.~

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