Dongchimi (Radish Water Kimchi / Winter Kimchi)

This variety of Kimchi can served as a banchan dish where it’s cool, crisp, clean flavor  serves as a counter balance to fatty and spicy dishes. The liquid is often used in  cold noodle soups as a broth,

Servings: 45


  • Day -3
    • 10 fresh green chili peppers
    • 2 tablespoons kosher or sea salt
    • 2 cups water
  • Day -1
    • 10 small Daikon (White rat or Ponytail) radishes with greens attached
    • 1/4 cup kosher or sea salt
    • 1/2 cup coarse salt
    • 3 quarts water
  • Mixing Day
    • 1 Nashi or Asian pear
    • 1 bunch small green onions
    • 2 bunches leaf mustard
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 head (10 to 12 cloves) fresh garlic, peeled
    • 4 ounces fresh ginger
    • 6 fresh red chili peppers


  • Day -3
    • Make brine by mixing salt and water in a 1 quart container.
    • Rinse the green chili peppers in cold water, remove the stems, and place the peppers in the brine.
    • Cover tightly and let sit at room temperature for 3 days.
  • Day -1
    • Make brine by mixing coarse salt and water in a 1 gallon container. Allow to sit at room temperature for 24 hours.
    • Remove any rootlets from the Daikon radish and wash well in cold water.
    • Rub the salt into the skin and place whole radish into a large container.
    • Pour remaining salt over the radish and let sit for 24 hours.

Mixing day

  • Preparation
    • Cut the green onions where the white meets the green, set aside the white portions, and trim the top ends of the green sections. Place the greens in a bowl and lightly salt. Let stand for one hour.
    • Wash the leaf mustard in cold water and very lightly salt each leaf. Set leaves in stacks of three or four leaves to a stack.
    • Pour the brine off the green chili peppers, rinse with cold water, and pat dry.
    • Wash the pear in cold water and quarter from top to bottom, removing seed core.
    • Slice each garlic clove in half from top to bottom.
    • Wash the un-peeled ginger in cold water, then thin slice across the grain.
    • Filter the brine (place a coffee filter in a small strainer and pour the brine through it) into a clean container.
  • Mix
    • Use either a single (2 gallon capacity) container, or two one gallon containers (portion all ingredients in half)
    • Wrap the garlic, ginger, and onion whites in cheesecloth or a clean lint free cloth. (Two wraps, each containing one half of each ingredient if using two containers)
    • Place ingredients into the container in the following order:
      • Cloth wrap
      • Radish
      • Pear
      • onion greens
      • green peppers
      • red peppers
      • leaf mustard
    • Gently pour the brine into the container, close tightly, and let stand for at least 24 hours, then refrigerate until use.
  • Serving
    • Remove one (or more) radish, a few peppers, and one pear quarter from the container. Cut the radish in half from top to bottom, then thin slice the radish, peppers, and pear crosswise. Cut the radish green into short 3/4 to 1 inch pieces.
    • Place the sliced radish, pear, peppers, and greens into a serving bowl and spoon some of the liquid and other ingredients from the container over the radish.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About 3 ounces.

Percent daily values based on the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for a 2000 calorie diet.

Amount Per Serving

Calories 19.65

Calories From Fat (5%) 1.05

Calories From Protein (11%) 2.09

Calories From Carbohydrates (84%) 16.51

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.13g <1%

Saturated Fat 0.02g <1%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.06g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 222.33mg 9%

Potassium 214.14mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates 4.43g 1%

Fiber 1.29g 5%

Sugar 2.6g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 3.14g

Protein 0.79g 2%

Vitamin A 321.99IU 6%

Vitamin C 27.29mg 45%

Calcium 23.09mg 2%

Iron 0.37mg 2%

Vitamin E 0.17mg 2%

Vitamin D 0IU

Thiamin 0.04mg 3%

Riboflavin 0.03mg 2%

Niacin 0.28mg 1%

Vitamin B6 0.11mg 6%

Folate 25.83mcg 6%

Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%

Pantothenic Acid 0.12mg 1%

Vitamin K 14.47mcg 18%

Phosphorus 22.73mg 2%

Magnesium 15.05mg 4%

Zinc 0.16mg 1%

Copper 0.1mg 5%

Manganese 0.09mg 5%

Selenium 0.69mcg <1%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 77.81g 0%

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