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Radish Kimchi

Classic Korean banchan typically served with every meal.

Makes: 240 ml (12 cups)
Total Time: 25 Minutes


  • 120 ml (½ cup) water
  • 3 Tablespoons sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoons plum sauce
  • 2 kg (5 pounds) radishes, ends trimmed and quartered
  • 175 g (6 ounces) fresh chives
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) fish sauce
  • 60 g (½ ) small onion, peeled, halved
  • 3 red chillies
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 10 g (1 piece) fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 2 Tablespoons salted shrimp sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons white rice, steamed, cooled
  • 4 Tablespoons red pepper powder


  1. Combine the water, fine sea salt and plum sauce in a small bowl and stir to incorporate. Set aside.
  2. Place the cleaned and trimmed radish into a large bowl with the cut chives. Pour the water, salt and plum mixture over the radish and chives and toss to incorporate. Set aside.
  3. Place the fish sauce, onion, red chilies, garlic, ginger, shrimp sauce and cooled cooked rice into the Vitamix® container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  4. Select Variable 1. Start the machine and slowly increase to its highest possible speed.
  5. Blend for 45 seconds until a fine paste has formed.
  6. Remove the container from the blending base and lid and stir in the red pepper powder to incorporate.
  7. Once the red pepper powder has been incorporated, pour the mixture over the radish and chive mixture in the large bowl.
  8. Toss to incorporate evenly. Once incorporated, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.