Kimchi by Closet Cooking
(make about 1 gallon)
1 large (5 pound) napa cabbage (or two medium sized)
1/2 cup coarse salt
1/4 cup sweet rice flour (mochi)
1 cup water
1/2 cup fish sauce (or soy sauce for a vegetarian version)
2 cups gochugaru (Korean red chili flakes)
1/2 cup garlic (chopped)
1 tablespoon ginger (grated)
1 small onion (grated)
1/2 Asian pear (grated)
1/2 Fuji apple (grated)
1 cup daikon radish (shredded)
1/4 cup carrot (shredded)
1 bunch green onions (sliced)
1. Cut the napa cabbage in half, remove the core and slice the cabbage into 1 inch wide strips.
2. Soak the cabbage in cold water for 10 minutes.
3. Place a layer of cabbage into a large bowl and sprinkle some salt onto the cabbage. Repeat until all of the cabbage is in the bowl and salted. (Use two bowls if needed.)
4. Let the cabbage sit for 1 1/2 hours mixing it up every 1/2 hour.
5. Rinse the cabbage three times, drain and set aside.
6. Mix the flour and water in a small sauce pan and bring to a simmer while stirring.
7. Remove from heat and let it cool.
8. Mix flour mixture and the remaining ingredients, save the cabbage.
9. Mix the porridge into the cabbage well using your hands to make sure that it covers all of the cabbage.
10. Place the cabbage mixture into sealable containers leaving about an inch of space at the top.
11. Seal the container and let ferment at room temperature for 2-3 days.
12. Place the container in the fridge and let ferment for a couple more days.