Chonggak Kimchi-Making (featuring my mom)

Chonggak kimchi, the radish version of cabbage kimchi, is a deliciously crunchy and refreshing side-dish to any meal. It is also called “ponytail kimchi,” which is highly logical because if you look at the radish closely it resembles a pony’s bum + tail.
Well anyways, my mother came home and decided to make some chonggak kimchi, so I took some photographs of the process. This post isn’t going to contain a recipe, because I don’t have the time/energy to do so right now… but I hope to make some kind of kimchi in the near future.
Behold! The beauty of kimchi-making.

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Cute little pony bums with tails attached.

(2)DSC_0129Scrub the dirt off the little bums. My mom told me that you never peel the radish, because it’s the outer skin that gives the kimchi the fantastically crunchy texture.

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(4)DSC_0131(5)DSC_0133Once they’re clean, you can keep them whole, but for optimal radish crunching my mom advises chopping them in half.

(6)DSC_0135Coarse sea salt is usually used in the kimchi-making process to wilt down the leaves and to season it. Toss a generous amount of salt onto the radish. Leave overnight for the salt to settle in.

(7)DSC_0136Get your prepared kimchi seasoning (which often contains garlic, chili powder, rice paste, green onion, and many other ingredients) and coat the little nubs.
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Pack the radish and seasoning (very important that you get every last bit of the seasoning sauce) in an airtight container and wait for a couple days for it to ferment.

Enjoy as a side-dish for your meals, or you can easily enjoy it alone with a steaming hot bowl of rice.

Until next time! 🙂

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One response to “Chonggak Kimchi-Making (featuring my mom)

  1. My kids at school love the radish kimchi and always ask for more. I’ve always wondered about the process in which it’s made – thanks for the insight!

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