Korean Kimchi is a traditional fermented food. Kimchi is a tangy cabbage pickle that is so popular in Korea it is eaten with almost every meal. By adding more or less garlic and ground red chili, you can adjust the taste to suit your preference. If you study the traditional diet of the healthiest people on Earth (you know those people who live past 100 years and with health, which means they can move about and have their wits) you will find that fermented foods is part of their diet. It aids the digestive system and provides healthy bacteria. Having a healthy digestive system is key to your overall health. If you like sour foods then try this one!
- 6 pounds green cabbage
- 3 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
- 2 cups sliced scallions
- 2 to 5 cloves garlic
- 3/4 teaspoon ground dry red chili
- Shred cabbage into one-inch-wide-strips.
- Mix with half the salt until well coated.
- Let stand 30 minutes.
- Rinse and drain.
- Mix cabbage with remaining ingredients and pack into either a crock or a large glass jar.
- Add cold water to cover. Set in a cool (not cold) place for 5 days or until sufficiently pickled.
Enjoy as an appetizer or side dish!
From The Golden Temple Vegetarian Cookbook by Yogi Bhajan