Super Easy Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Kimchi, the Korean’s fermenting food, is well-known by people around the world. It is the mixture of fruits and vegetables with spices through the fermentation process. The natural sweetness in the Asian pear and sweet rice flour will help with the fermentation process. Depending upon the temperature of where you live, the fermentation time will vary. Higher temperature will speed up the fermentation, while cold temperature will slow it down.

This super simple and easy to make vegan kimchi version is made with cabbage, Asian pear, sweet onion, ginger, garlic gloves, carrots, daikon radish and green onions. This creates a perfect additive side dish for your meal!

Some people prefer to slice the cabbage in halves to make kimchi. For me, I prefer to cut it into small chunks. As a result, the seasoning will absorb into the cabbage well during the fermentation process within a short period of time. The result should be a little spicy, sour, tangy, slightly sweet, and flavorful.

Some people enjoy eating kimchi right after mixing it with kimchi seasoning. Othes enjoy it once kimchi is fermented after 24 hours or after several days.  As kimchi ferments, you will see many bubbles floating on the surface, and it is normal. After fermenting, all you have to do is to taste your kimchi to see if you feel happy with its flavor and its taste. Then you can place your kimchi into the refrigerator to store it and to enjoy it for months. With this vegan kimchi, you can enjoy it as a side dish, or you can make Vegan Kimchi Hotpot, or you can eat it with ramen noodles.

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Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Super Easy Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

This super simple and easy to make vegan kimchi version is made with cabbage, Asian pear, sweet onion, ginger, garlic gloves, carrots, daikon radish and green onions, creating a perfect additive side dish with full of Korean culture in your meal!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 day 11 minutes
Servings 10 servings


  • 1 napa cabbage head (about 4 lbs)
  • 1 sweet onion (peeled)
  • 1/2 Asian pear (peeled)
  • 3 glove garlic (peeled)
  • 1 oz ginger (peeled)
  • 2 small carrot (peeled)
  • 6 oz white radish (peeled)
  • 4 green onion
  • 1/2 cup Korean chili
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan fish sauce (optional)
  • 2 tbsp sweet rice flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp sugar


Prepping the cabbage the cabbage:

  • Ingredients
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Cut napa cabbage into quarter, remove its cord, and cut each quarter into chunk about 1-2 inches.
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Place the cabbage into a big bowl and add ½ cup of sea salt (you may need 1 cup of water, too) and massage into the cabbage. Then leave it for at least 2 hours or until your cabbage become wilted.
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Squeeze the cabbage out and rinse well for several time with water to remove salty taste.

    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Making vegan kimchi seasoning:

  • In a small pot, add water and sweet rice flour. Cook and stir constantly for 1 minute or until thickened. Then let it cool down completely.
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Julienne the carrots, radish, and green onion. Slice half of sweet onion thinly. Set aside.
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Puree the Asian pear, ½ sweet onion, and garlic gloves until smooth. Pour it into the vegetable bowl along with the sweet flour mixture. Then add Korean chili, vegan fish sauce, and 1 tbsp. sugar. Mix all up.

    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi

Mixing the kimchi

  • Mix your vegan kimchi seasoning with cabbage well. Mix it well to coat.
    Vegan Napa Cabbage Kimchi
  • Pack your Kimchi into glass jars. Make sure you leave a little room at the top and cover. Let them sit out at room temperature for at least 24 hours. Then it is ready to be served!

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