How to Make Bachelor Kimchi
Bachelor kimchi, also known as “emergency kimchi” or “instant kimchi,” is a simplified version of traditional Korean kimchi that can be made quickly and with minimal ingredients. It is a great option for those who want to enjoy the flavors and benefits of kimchi without the time and effort of a more elaborate recipe. Here’s how to make bachelor kimchi at home:
1 head Napa cabbage
2 tablespoons Korean chili flakes (gochugaru)
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup chopped carrots
1/4 cup chopped daikon radish
Cut the napa cabbage into quarters, removing the core. Cut each quarter into bite-sized pieces and rinse thoroughly under running water.
In a large bowl, mix together the Korean chili flakes, fish sauce, garlic, ginger, and sugar to create a paste.
Add the scallions, carrots, and daikon radish to the paste, and mix well.
Add the cabbage to the paste mixture and use your hands to mix everything together, making sure the cabbage is evenly coated with the paste.
Pack the cabbage mixture tightly into a large glass jar or other airtight container, pressing down firmly to remove any air bubbles.
Cover the jar with a lid and let it sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours, until the kimchi has started to ferment. You can eat it immediately or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
Bachelor kimchi is a simple and easy-to-make version of traditional Korean kimchi that still packs a flavorful punch. Give it a try the next time you’re craving some tangy and spicy kimchi!