Mak Kimchi (Easy Kimchi)

This easy kimchi recipe is a speedy version of the traditional Korean kimchi ! Chock full of vitamins and pro-biotics, this mak kimchi is the perfect healthy side dish for any Korean meal. 
 
Mak kimchi (easy kimchi) in a big glass jar
 
Good authentic homemade kimchi is much easier than you think. Cut up the cabbage, salt, rinse, and mix with the seasoning! Simple, right? That’s what this easy kimchi recipe is about. 

The Korean word “mak” means “carelessly” or “roughly” (generally used as an adverb). The name mak kimchi (막김치) suggests this is carelessly (or roughly) made kimchi. Sounds kind of fool-proof, right? 

Now, of course, all kimchi types are made with care, but the name comes from the shortcut method used to make this an especially easy kimchi, at least as compared to the method used to make traditional kimchi (aka pogi kimchi).  

How to make this easy Kimchi recipe at home

Pogi kimchi (포기 김치) is made by quartering the napa cabbage heads, salting for many hours, and carefully stuffing each leaf of the quartered cabbages. To serve, the cabbage quarter is cut into bite-sized pieces.
 
On the other hand, for mak kimchi, you roughly chop the cabbage up into small pieces before salting and then toss it together with the seasoning. This method takes less salting and fermentation time.
 
There’s no argument that pogi kimchi has a deeper flavor and better texture because of how it’s prepared. Nevertheless, for something simpler and quicker, Korean cooks turn to this mak kimchi. Trust me, it’s still tasty!
 
a small amount of homemade kimchi served in a little rustic ceramic bowl
 

 Tips and Variations on this easy kimchi recipe:  

When I make this easy kimchi recipe I almost always add some mu (Korean radish) just like my mother and mother-in-law used to. Not only does kimchi taste more refreshing with the radish, but it’s like having two different kinds of kimchi in one dish. 

You can dress it up by adding other ingredients like Korean pear, oysters, garlic chives, etc. 

If you like lighter tasting kimchi, simply reduce the amounts of red chili pepper flakes, salted shrimp, fish sauce, and/or garlic. If you don’t have salted shrimp, just add more fish sauce (and salt if needed) to achieve the desired salt level. 

Mak kimchi
 

How long can I keep homemade kimchi in the fridge? 

Your homemade kimchi will continue to age in your refrigerator, and this type of kimchi will be good for a month or two or even longer, depending on the salt level.  

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Mak Kimchi (Easy Kimchi)

4.62 from 21 votes
Side Dish
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Resting time: 3 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 big jar
Author: Hyosun
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Ingredients

  • 2 medium size napa cabbages about 8 pounds
  • 1-1/4 cups coarse sea salt less if using finer salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 Korean radish mu (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 5 - 7 scallions roughly chopped

Seasoning

  • 1 cup gochugaru Korean red chili pepper flakes
  • 1/3 cup saeujeot salted shrimp, finely minced
  • 4 tablespoons myulchiaekjeot fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sugar

Utensils:

  • large bowls preferably at least 7 - 8 quarts
  • large colanders
  • kitchen gloves
  • airtight container s or jar(s) - about 1-1/2 gallons

  • Kimchi ingredients

Instructions

  • Cut the cabbage heads into quarters and remove the core from each quarter. Cut each quarter crosswise into bite sizes (about 1-1/2-inches).
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  • Place the cabbage pieces in a large bowl(s). In a smaller bowl, dissolve 1-1/4 cups of salt in 6 cups of water. Pour over the cabbage. Toss well to wet the cabbage pieces evenly with the salt water. Let stand until the white parts are bendable, about 2 hours, turning the cabbage pieces over occasionally.
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  • Cut the radish into bite sizes (about 1-1/2-inch square, about 1/4-inch thick). Sprinkle with a tablespoon of salt. Toss well. Let it sit for about 30 minutes. Drain. Do not wash.
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  • Mix the chili pepper flakes with the remaining seasoning ingredients along with 1 cup of water.
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  • Rinse the salted cabbage three times and drain to remove excess water.
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  • In a large bowl, add the radish, scallions and seasoning to the salted cabbage. Using a kitchen glove, mix everything well by hand until the cabbage pieces are well coated with the seasoning mix. Place the kimchi in an airtight container(s) or a jar(s).
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  • Rinse the bowl with 1/2 cup of water by swirling around, and pour over the kimchi.
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  • Leave the kimchi out at room temperature for half a day to a day, depending on how quickly you want your kimchi to ferment. Then, refrigerate.

Notes

You can dress this kimchi up by adding other ingredients like Korean pear, oysters, garlic chives, etc. 
If you like lighter tasting kimchi, simply reduce the amounts of red chili pepper flakes, salted shrimp, fish sauce, and/or garlic. If you don't have salted shrimp, just add more fish sauce (and salt if needed) to achieve the desired salt level. 
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