Kkakdugi—Radish Kimchi

Kkakdugi—Radish Kimchi


Kkakdugi—Radish Kimchi / Photo Credit: theeast.org

Kkakdugi is a very popular variation of the standard cabbage kimchi, and is made with radish cubes. It is often enjoyed with various non-spicy soups and stews, because of its crunchy texture and slight sweetness. Crispy Kkakdugi pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of broth.

Kkakdugi Recipe from My Korean Kitchen


1.1kg (2.5 pounds) Korean radish (or other variety of white daikon radish) – rinsed and skin peeled
3 stalks (50g, 1.8 ounces) green onion – rinsed
2 Tbsp raw sugar
2 Tbsp rock salt (or Korean coarse salt)

Radish Kimchi base:
1/2 small brown onion (70g, 2.5 ounces), skin peeled, cut into small pieces to blend
1/2 small red apple (50g, 1.8 ounces), seed and core removed, cut into small pieces to blend
3 Tbsp Korean fish sauce (I used anchovy sauce)
1 Tbsp Minced garlic
1/2 Tbsp Minced ginger
4 Tbsp Korean coarse chili flakes
1/4 cup water
1 Tbsp rice flour


  1. Cut the radish into medium sized cubes. (It could be smaller or bigger if that’s what you prefer. Just be mindful that the radish will shrink as they go through the fermentation process.) Put the cubed radish into a large mixing bowl and add the sugar and the salt and mix them well. Leave it for 1 hour at room temperature.
  2. While waiting, chop the green onion into small pieces and make the Kimchi base. Blend the onion and apple with the fish sauce. (It can take a few minutes as the liquid isn’t as much as the solids.) Make the rice porridge by mixing the water and the rice flour in a bowl and heating them up for 1 min in a microwave. (It could be shorter or longer depending on the output power of your microwave). It should give you a mildly runny porridge texture. Mix all the Kimchi base ingredients (*except for 2 Tbsp of Korean chili flakes) in a medium sized bowl.
  3. After one hour, rinse the radish in cold running water a couple of times and drain any excess water for 5 mins.
  4. Put the radish into a clean mixing bowl and add 2 Tbsp of Korean chili flakes. (Put a food prep glove on.) Mix the chili flakes with the radish evenly. (By adding this chili flakes separately and earlier than rest of the Kimchi base, you are giving a nice vibrant colour to the radish. Also my mum believes that it will help the Kimchi base to smear well into the radish). Add the chopped green onion and the Kimchi base and mix them evenly and thoroughly.
  5. Move the seasoned radish into an air tight glass container (1.5L glass jar for the above listed quantity) and leave it at room temperature for 1 day. After that keep it in the fridge. (The best temperature for storing any Kimchi is 6 degree Celsius (42.8F).)

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