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The Yard's Kimchi
Over 2 hours

Alex Harper, head chef of The Yard by Robin Gill, shares his kimchi recipe. Making kimchi in home kitchens allows for less precision than temperature-controlled pro kitchen environments, so keep a close eye on your kimchi to monitor how actively it is fermenting, taste regularly, and only put it in the fridge once it has achieved your preferred level of tanginess. 

When making kimchi, it is extremely important that everything you use is sterilised beforehand, and that you wear gloves throughout the process.

Recipe courtesy of
  • 1 Chinese cabbage, cut into 3cm dice
  • 2% brine
  • 65g red pepper powder
  • 20g garlic cloves, peeled
  • 10g shrimp paste
  • 10g ginger, peeled
  • 135g caster sugar
  • 60g soy sauce
  • 60g fish sauce
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  1. To begin, add the chopped cabbage to the brine and set aside for 1 hour.
  2. Drain the cabbage well, reserving some of the brine to use for topping up the fermentation jar, if necessary. 
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients in a high-powered blender and blitz on a high speed until you have a smooth paste. Add about 100g of the brine if the paste is too thick, it should be the consistency of mayonnaise.
  4. Place the drained cabbage in a bowl and mix in the paste using your hands (you must wear gloves for this step, as the paste might irritate your skin).
  5. Transfer the mixture to either one large fermentation vessel, or several small ones. Add one handful at a time, carefully pressing down after each addition to remove any air pockets. 
  6. When the container is full, press down the mixture one more time. If it is not comfortably covered by about 1cm of liquid already, add some of the reserved brine. Place a round of cling film over the surface of the kimchi to create an airtight seal. Use kitchen paper to wipe down the inside sides of the vessel and top with a lid.
  7. Store at 28°C, or room temperature, at 65—70% humidity for 1—2 weeks or longer (the closer to these temperature and humidity guides the quicker your kimchi will be ready).
  8. Taste your kimchi. When it has reached the desired tanginess, keep in the fridge for up to 2 months.

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