Gochu Kimchi – Green Chili Kimchi

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In 2009 someone on Chowhound asked for a recipe  for chili pepper kimchi. At the time I had not heard of  a chili kimchi, so I asked my wife about it. She did recall something about chili kimchi but had never had it, I asked my mother in law with the same results, so I went to the web and found nothing. My wife and I were both intrigued with the idea and came up with this recipe.

Servings: 45

Ingredients

25 to 30 each Green Korean Chili peppers

2 ounces fresh chives

4 to 6 each very thin green onions

1 head garlic

1/2 small bae (Nashi or Asian pear)

Brine

1 gallon water

1/2 cup salt

Seasoning paste

2 tablespoons gochugaru (fine ground)

2 tablespoons gochugaru, coarse

2 tablespoons fish sauce

6 cloves garlic

1/2 small bae (Nashi or Asian pear)

2 ounces fresh ginger, peeled

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon salt

water as needed

Directions

First Day

Brine

Mix salt and water together in a one gallon jar.

Add more salt if needed until a fine layer fails to dissolve.


Peppers

Remove stems from peppers.

Starting about 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the top of each pepper, slit carefully all the way to the bottom (be careful to leave the top part connected ). .

Place the peppers into the brine.

Let peppers set in brine for twenty four hours.

Second Day

Seasoning Paste

Peel the pear, cut in half, and remove the seed core. Reserve 1/2 for later step.

Place all ingredients in a blender, adding just enough water to blend into a smooth, thick paste.

Let Stand twenty minutes to one hour.

Garlic

Peel the cloves and wash in cold water, then drain.

Chives

Wash in cold water, drain, and cut into 1 1/2 inch sections.

Green Onions

Remove root and any discolored leaves.

Wash in cold water, drain, and cut into 1 1/2 inch sections.

Bae

Shred or julienne the pear.

Final Mix

Pour brine from peppers and drain.

Place peppers in a large mixing bowl and add seasoning paste.

Mix well, being sure to get paste into the open slits.

Add all other ingredients and mix well.

Place into a clean one gallon jar, cover, and let sit at room temperature for twenty four hours.

Refrigerate and serve cold.


Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About 4 ounces.

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

Amount Per Serving

Calories 13.41

Calories From Fat (5%) 0.65

Calories From Protein (15%) 2.07

Calories From Carbohydrates (80%) 10.69

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.08g <1%

Saturated Fat 0.01g <1%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.01g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.04g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 356.74mg 15%

Potassium 118.16mg 3%

Total Carbohydrates 2.96g <1%

Fiber 0.23g <1%

Sugar 1.9g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 2.73g

Protein 0.64g 1%

Vitamin A 63.73IU 1%

Vitamin C 9.58mg 16%

Calcium 9.83mg <1%

Iron 0.07mg <1%

Vitamin E 0.19mg 2%

Vitamin D 0IU 0%

Thiamin 0.06mg 4%

Riboflavin 0.02mg 1%

Niacin 0.19mg <1%

Vitamin B6 0.1mg 5%

Folate 8.27mcg 2%

Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%

Pantothenic Acid 0.03mg <1%

Vitamin K 7.39mcg 9%

Phosphorus 11.6mg 1%

Magnesium 10.35mg 3%

Zinc 0.11mg <1%

Copper 0.06mg 3%

Manganese 0.1mg 5%

Selenium 0.44mcg <1%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 114.51g 0%

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