Kim Chi!

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A few weeks ago, a family friend gifted me with three beautiful heads of red cabbage.  As I’ve probably mentioned, I love cabbage, especially the red kind.  It’s great to stir fry, on sandwiches, in salads, and as a wrap!  But three heads are a lot for one person to tackle, so I’ve been looking for inventive ways to use some of it.

Enter the Kim Chi recipe from 30-Minute Vegan’s Taste of the East. I didn’t even know it was in there until I started seeking out cabbage recipes.  And since I love Asian food as well as cabbage, I thought I’d give it a try.

soaking kimchi

Using the food processor to shred the cabbage made it quick and easy, which was nice because the seasoning blend requires a lot of minced garlic and ginger, and I’m not a very fast mincer.  The rest of the seasonings were easy to put together: a little liquid aminos, miso, and agave nectar, along with a rather enormous amount of cayenne.

kimchi seasoning

After the cabbage soaked in the jar with water and salt for an hour, I drained and rinsed it as per the recipe and mixed everything together.  I added a little bit of carrot, broccoli, and zucchini for color.

kimchi bowl

This is the first time I’ve tried making anything pickled, so I’m hoping it comes out good.  It smelled very interesting when I was putting it back in the jar…cabbage definitely don’t have that strong of an odor when you slice it up by hand!  That along with the spiciness of the seasoning blend made for a pungent combination.  Now it all has to ferment for at least a month before I get to see how it tastes.

Question for the comments: What’s your favorite thing to do with cabbage?


About the Author:

Sam has been eating a plant-based diet since summer of 2009 and has spent the subsequent years experimenting with all manner of plant-based food. She holds a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and is a graduate of the Bauman College Nutrition Consultant Program. She is a former member of Toastmasters International and was awarded a Competent Communicator designation for public speaking. When she's not blogging or cooking, Sam likes to read and study the Bible, play silly card games and knit socks.
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  1. TheVeganAsana  September 22, 2010

    I’ve never tried making kim chee. Let us know how it turns out and thanks for the instructions!

  2. The Sweetest Vegan  September 22, 2010

    I have never seen it made with Purple cabbage before. I have never tasted Kim chee before either. I am more and more intrigued because I have seen it a lot more now since becoming vegan.