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Geotjeori (Fresh Kimchi) By Chef Raphael - H&S Recipe Of The Week

Geotjeori (Fresh Kimchi) By Chef Raphael – H&S Recipe Of The Week

Making Cooking Easy: The Best Of Chef Raphael

For someone new to Korean cuisine, Geotjeori (Fresh Kimchi) is the perfect introduction to a Korean favourite. The process of making kimchi can be time-consuming, including the fermentation stage, and the taste may not appeal to everyone. What I appreciate about this recipe is its simplicity. If you enjoy spice and flavour, you should definitely give this recipe, by Chef Raphael, a try!

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Geotjeori (Fresh Kimchi) By Chef Raphael - H&S Recipe Of The Week



1 large Chinese cabbage
3 cups cold water
½ cup Korean kimchi sea salt or ⅓ cup regular salt
7 cloves garlic, chopped
8 Tbsp gochugaru, (Korean red pepper flakes)
2 Tbsp fish sauce
1 Tbsp Korean soup soy sauce or light soy sauce
3 Tbsp Korean green plum extract (you can substitute with apricot jam)
4 to 6 spring onions, cut into halves lengthwise then cut into 2 inch(5cm) long pieces
2 tsp sesame seeds
Salt to taste


Use fresh & clean cabbage & cut it into half then into quarters and remove the smaller inner leaves, and place them into a bowl & for the larger leaves, cut them lengthwise into smaller pieces. Now In a bowl of cold water, dilute the salt and add the cabbage to it, allowing it to soak for about 1 hour, ensuring you turn the cabbage after 30 mins to ensure every part is soaked thoroughly. Once done, drain the salty water and rinse the cabbage at least 3 times and place in a colander to let it drain.

To make the paste, in a small bowl add the gochugaru, chopped garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce and plum extract/apricot jam, & mix well adding little water to get a moist/semi wet paste consistency.

Add the paste to the cabbage and mix well until evenly combined; this should be based on the amount of cabbage you have.

Serve fresh as a salad accompaniment to plain rice and some meat of your choice!


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