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5 Kinds of Kimchi

5 Kinds of Kimchi
If you've ever been to Korea you'll know that no dish is complete without a side dish of Kimchi. At Korean restaurants you generally receive various complimentary side dishes with your meals, and while these may vary, the one thing you can always count on receiving is Kimchi. Unsurprisingly then, there are many different kind of Kimchi. Here's just a select few:
Diced Radish Kimchi (Kkakdugi  )
Kkakugi is made similarly to regular kimchi however the main ingredient is radish. Radishes are available all year round, although in winter radishes are sweeter and firmer.

Water Kimchi (Nabak-kimchi  )
Nabak-Kimchi is one of the least spicy types of kimchi. Made with both cabbages and radishes combined, this version uses a high concentration of kimchi stock and also has a sweeter taste due to the addition of fruits such as apple and pear.

Summer Green Water Radish Kimchi (Yeolmumul-Kimchi  )
Yeolmumul-Kimchi is one of the most common vegetables used to make kimchi during the summer and spring seasons. As these radishes tend to be thin and small this type of kimchi is eaten with almost all foods during hot summer days. Usually blended with green chilli peppers, red chilli peppers and garlic, more water is added before storing giving it its juiciness.

Cucumber Kimchi (Oi-So-Bagi 오이소박이)
Oi-So-Bagi is another type of Kimchi commonly eaten during the summer, that consists of stuffed cucumbers. Generally consisting of chives, radish, salt, water and of course cucumbers, this version of Kimchi has a crunchy texture and a crisp taste.

White Cabbage Kimchi (Baek Kimchi  )
Baek Kimchi originates from North Korea where they usually reduce the use of salt and red pepper in their cooking. This version of Kimchi consists cabbages soaked in brine until softened, then seasoned with ginger, garlic strips and red pepper threads and combined with radishes, mushrooms, pears, chestnuts and dates with watercress greens and mustard leaves and occasionally a bit of pepper powder.

These are only a small selection of the many versions of Kimchi out there. Try a taste of Korean Kimchi with our Kimchi Soup Spice Paste, used for creating a hearty flavourful spicy soup. Browse our full range of Korean spice pastes. 


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