Daikon Kimchi (Kkakdugi)

Date: March 13, 2017

WHAT IS DAIKON?

I like my vegetables with lots of crunch and flavour.  Daikon has always been a favourite for its slight peppery heat and crisp, juicy, texture. This white winter radish is found in many recipes throughout Asia.  It is low in calories, but very high in vitamin C, calcium and fibre. Typically eaten raw in salads, daikon can also be added to stews and pickled.

 KKAKDUGI (DAIKON KIMCHI)

I discovered a traditional Korean kimchi variety (Kkakdugi) that perfectly combines the full-bodied flavour of kimchi paste with the tasty crunch of daikon.  Since I had some extra kimchi paste and daikon after making my last batch of napa cabbage kimchi, I thought I would give it a try.  It was so easy and delicious. The pairing of kimchi paste with the daikon was amazing on its own, but leaving it to ferment for a few days really amplified the flavour (and nutritional value!).  Daikon kimchi makes a great snack and goes well with soups, meat dishes, and noodles or rice. If you like cabbage kimchi, you’ll love this crisp, flavourful version!

DAIKON KIMCHI (KKAKDUGI)

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INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

1.Cut daikon in 1/2- 1″ cubes. Rinse with cold water.

2.Sprinkle generously with salt and let sit for 30 minutes.

Cut daikon into cubes. Salt generously .
Cut daikon into cubes. Salt generously.

3. Rinse daikon well and pat dry

4. Coat cubes well with kimchi paste.

Coat cubes with kimchi paste
Coat cubes with kimchi paste

5. Place in jar, leaving 1-1.5″ headspace to top of jar.  Close the jar and leave it to ferment at room temperature for 3-4 days.  Store finished daikon kimchi in the refrigerator.

Daikon kimchi
Daikon kimchi

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