Traditional kimchi recipe (Tongbaechu-kimchi: 통배추김치)

  • Published on Jun 21, 2014
  • This is the classic, spicy, traditional napa cabbage kimchi called tongbaechu-kimchi, aka baechu-kimchi, or pogi-kimchi. But this dish is so common that most Koreans simply call it "kimchi." When people talk about kimchi, this is the dish they're referring to!

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Comments • 25 687

  • Uncharted Passions
    Uncharted Passions 2 hours ago +3

    Ah Maangchi, I was in University and crowded with exams when I first made kimchi following this recipe and discovered your channel. You helped me discover incredible Korean dishes and helped me eat so healthy through Uni. Now I've graduated and made my first kimchi batch as a proper adult. Thank you! :)

  • Patty Serrat

    The recipe was published on 2014 and she still posts answers to questions. You are great, I’m very happy to be one of your subscribers. Have an awesome day, keep smiling!

  • Chris Bland

    I've lost count of the number of times I've used this recipe now, but it must be in the hundreds. My friends mom is Korean, and when I mentioned I was making kimchi she was delighted. When I described the process and mentioned making the "porridge" I swear she almost started crying! "Oh!" she said, "You're doing it the proper way!"

  • Moe
    Moe  +85

    I just did this recipe for the third time together with my mother. It has become kind of our tradition now. We like to say thank you for this great recipe and your lovely videos. Love from Germany

  • Dawn Yap
    Dawn Yap  +80

    Thank you so much, Maangchi. I made my first batch of kimchi following your recipe exactly. Was a little intimidated at first but your instructions are so clear. I’m so so happy. Thank you. 🥰

  • GooglyBees

    I made kimchi this year too... I absolutely love having it with rice... My region's diet is mostly rice and fish based... And we absolutely love pickles which I personally feel are just another version of kimchi... We use raw mangoes, lemons, garlic, tamarind or even vegetables like raw jackfruit and mix it with spices and chillies and mustard oil and then ferment it for a week or so before eating... I introduced my mother to Kimchi this year and now she is addicted to it... Sadly we don't always get Napa Cabbage here and this time I tried your recipe with Indian cabbage... It tasted amazing... Love from India

  • noodles
    noodles  +133

    I've been a silent viewer of maangchi for the last 5 years, and i did try sell my homemade kimchi, its been selling out. The 12kilos i made was sold for just 3 days. Thank you Maangchi. 😊

  • Cesar Anthony Viralta
    Cesar Anthony Viralta 4 years ago +1

    Captions in almost 30 languages! Everyone around the world loves Maangchi!

  • Andrea Lina

    I've made kimchi twice already. It came out absolutely amazing, cannot get enough! I made it without shrimp paste bc I couldn't find any, and also used normal radishes, and it was still amazing! 5 days kept out and then put in the fridge, it tasted great at every step, but I noticed that 1 month later it was perfection! Thank you so much, I absolutely love you and your recipes! ❤❤❤

  • Evon Wong
    Evon Wong  +172

    This is the sixth time I made my kimchi watching your tutorial, keeps repeating the video HAHA It turns out tasty as always. Will keeps making the Kimchi Thank you :) LOVE YOU SO MUCH

  • Viola
    Viola  +14

    I’am from saudi arabia, and “kabsa” is out traditional dish that everyone should know how to cook it!! When my mom is busy and can’t cook a hard dish she would basically made kabsa cause it is the most easy dish we know!

  • TheBlackCAt 22

    My first time Making Kimchi! This recipe is super easy to follow and delicious! Thanks Maangchi! Hello from Canada!

  • 72twist
    72twist 2 years ago +2

    I swear she has to be the most adorable person ever.

  • yassmina labdaoui

    I just made my third batch 😌 I had some for dinner last night with rice noodles, mushrooms and peanut butter sauce 🤤😋 oooohh so delicious !! It's my new obsession

  • Crafts Recipes
    Crafts Recipes 16 hours ago +6

    Looks great! Can't wait to make this. You had me at "traditional" because there are just so many variations out there, but I like things to be authentic. My husband had served in the Army and he introduced me to kimchi. I never dreamt that is was something I could make, or I'd have made it years ago for him. Now I'm going to make it for my health, as fermented foods are great for the intestinal microbiome and our immunity. My mother always told us that sourkraut is good for you. Too bad I didn't know there was a spicy version, known as kimchi! I do LOVE spicey foods.

  • Onager9933

    Tried this recipe before, very good especially when just made!

  • MsBombastix

    This lady is the most adorable sweet lady! Not to mention she is learning me a lot about Asian cooking. I am Norwegian and I just love Asian food, it is my favorite. I was not the best cook but after watching numerous of tutorials and learning I am slowly improving :)

  • Belek Jenkins

    This combines so many of my favorite foods into something that I have never tried and isnt commonly commonly eaten in my country. This looks insanely delicious and makes me excited to try kimchi the next opportunity i have. <3 cabbage and <3 Maangchi!

  • mcdasian
    mcdasian  +311

    Thank you Maangchi! My mom was Korean, but she passed away when I was young, so I really appreciate you talking about traditional Korean dishes! I'm still trying to learn as much as I can of my heritage, and videos like these are amazing! Thank you!

  • Vashti Tacoronte

    In my country it’s “arroz con gandules” which is yellow rice with pigeon peas! It could also be “mofongo” which is fried and smashed plantains with garlic and pork rinds! Both super delicious!! Learning how to make kimchi in Puerto Rico :D