I know I said to reduce your fermented foods due to the salt content but sometimes you need to clean out your system and kimchi is perfect for that. As you age your digestive system slows and you need aids. I had severe constipation, I thought I could eat fried foods and have a meat heavy diet for all my life and not suffer any consequences, boy I was wrong! I tried everything from eating okra to fresh salads, to more fiber in my diet, all this helped but nothing compares to kimchi.
2 lbs napa cabbage
1/2 cup of sea salt
Water to submerge napa cabbage
1/2 cup of shredded carrots
1/2 cup of green onion
1/2 cup of gochugaru, Korean red chili flakes
2 tbsps minced ginger
6 cloves garlic minced
1 tbsp salted shrimp paste or fish sauce (optional)
1 tbsp sugar
- Cut cabbage into bit size pieces, place in a bowl with salt rubbed into it. Submerge cabbage with water. Let stand from 5 hours up to 24 hours.
- Drain the cabbage, place all the other ingredients with the cabbage and mix.
- Pack the cabbage mixture into a glass jar to the top, place into the refrigerator and let it ferment for about 1 week, it will last for about a month, when it’s extra fizzy you know it’s about to go that’s when you can add it to boiling soup.
You can adjust the spice level, if you don’t want it so spicy but I find the pepper also aids in digestion.