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Whole Cabbage Kimchi (Paech'ut'onggimch'i)

2 heads chinese cabbage
2 cups coarse salt
1 korean white radish
1 cup red pepper powder
1/3 cup tiny salted shrimp
2 knobs ginger
1 head garlic
1 large green onion
1/4 bundle very thin green onion
1/3 lb. fresh oyster
1/3 bundle watercress
4 tbsp. salt
1/4 bundle indian mustard leaf
red pepper threads

Trim the roots from the cabbages. Cut each cabbage lengthwise into
two sections.

Make a brine with 10 cups water and 1 cup salt and soak the cabbage
sections in the brine. Drain, sprinkle with the salt and let stand.

When the cabbages are wellsalted and a bit limp. rinse throughly
in cold water and drain.

Cut one-third of the radish into thin strips, Cut both kinds of
green onions, the watercress stems and Indian musrard leaf into
3/4" lengths.

Remove the shells from the fresh oysters and clean with salt water.
Chop the salted shrimp, garlic and ginger.

Mix the red pepper powder well with the salted shrimp juice. Add
the mixture to the radish strips and mix well until the redidish
color is set. Then add the chopped shrimp, garlic, green onion,
ginger, oysters, small green onion, INdian mustard leaf and watercress
and mix well. Season with salt.

Pack the seasoned mixture between each leaf of the wilted cabbage.
Cut the remainding radish into large pieces and mix it with the
seasoned mixture.

Place the stuffed cabbages and radish pieces in a large crock and
cover the top with cabbage leaves. Weigh it with a clean, heavy

Allow kimchi to sit a few days or more to ripen.


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