Yeolmu Mul Kimchi – Young Radish Water Kimchi

열무 물김치
Young Daikon radish with greens are used to make this uniquely flavored kimchi.


24 yeolmu (young summer radish) with greens attached

1/2 cup salt

Fish Sauce Paste:

1 cup water

1 tablespoon flour

1/2 cup fish sauce

1 tablespoon sugar

Seasoning Mix:

5 cloves garlic

1 ounce ginger

1/2 onion

4 each green chili pepper

4 each red chili pepper

2 teaspoons pure fine ground red chili pepper

1 1/2 tablespoon coarse ground red chili pepper (chili flakes)



  • Preparation:
    • Wash the radishes well in cold water, peel if needed, and trim off any dead or discolored leaves.
    • Place the yeolmu in a large container and sprinkle salt evenly across green and radish.
    • Let stand about 45 minutes, turn and salt the other side and let stand another 45 minutes, then rinse in cold water.
    • Cut the radish away from the greens, then cut both into about 2 inch segments.
  • Mix the Fish Sauce Paste:
    • Mix the flour and water in a small sauce pan, then heat over medium heat, stirring continuously, until thickened.
    • Remove from heat, then quickly add sugar and fish sauce.
    • Let cool.
  • Prepare the Other Vegetables:
    • Thin slice the onion.
    • Sliver or shred the ginger, garlic, and chili peppers lengthwise.
  • Final Mix:
    • Place the trimmed and cut yeolmu into a large mixing bowl and add about 2 cups water.
    • Place the slivered ginger, garlic, chili peppers, and the sliced onion into a large mixing bowl.
    • Add the fine and coarse ground red chili pepper, and the fish sauce paste, then mix well.
    • Add the cut yeolmu and mix until well coated.
    • Place the mix into a large lidded jar or other sealable container.
    • Add cold water until the mix is covered.
    • Close the lid and let stand at room temperature for two days.
    • Refrigerate and serve cold.

Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information calculated from recipe ingredients.

Serving size: About 2 ounces.

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

Amount Per Serving

Calories 29.64

Calories From Fat (3%) 0.75

Calories From Protein (16%) 4.7

Calories From Carbohydrates (82%) 24.18

Calories From Alcohol (0%) 0

% Daily Value

Total Fat 0.09g <1%

Saturated Fat 0.02g <1%

Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.03g

Trans Fatty Acids 0g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 1518.76mg 63%

Potassium 52.17mg 1%

Total Carbohydrates 6.18g 2%

Fiber 0.52g 2%

Sugar 1.67g

Sugar Alcohols 0g

Net Carbohydrates 5.66g

Protein 1.27g 3%

Vitamin A 149.78IU 3%

Vitamin C 3.38mg 6%

Calcium 22.3mg 2%

Iron 0.37mg 2%

Vitamin E 0.09mg <1%

Vitamin D 0IU 0%

Thiamin 0.02mg 1%

Riboflavin 0.02mg 1%

Niacin 0.21mg 1%

Vitamin B6 0.05mg 3%

Folate 10.12mcg 3%

Vitamin B12 0mcg 0%

Pantothenic Acid 0.05mg <1%

Vitamin K 31.08mcg 39%

Phosphorus 12.22mg 1%

Magnesium 6.16mg 2%

Zinc 0.12mg <1%

Copper 0.03mg 2%

Manganese 0.11mg 6%

Selenium 1.01mcg 1%

Alcohol 0g

Caffeine 0mg

Water 39.11g 0%

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