There is a huge Oriental Market only 2 miles from our apt, so I drove over there before turning in the car at 2 pm today. Teddie gave me a KimChee Cookbook for Christmas and I found all the ingredients to make my first batch of kimchee. I love this Korean food!!
Step 1: make a glue like substance out of rice flour and water. Cool in an ice bath.
Step 2: (not pictured) Brine the bok choy.
Step 3: while bok choy is brining, make a past with crushed red chili peppers, anchovy sauce, fresh ginger, fresh garlic, sugar and a bit of that rice/water gluelike substance to thicken it. Let it sit a while.
Step 4: After 45 minutes of brining bok choy in salt water, rinse it 3-4 times and dry well.
Step 5: Using a non metal dish, toss bok choy and paste with your hands, coating well. ( I added carrots and slivered green onions. According to a Korean friend of mine, you can add anything!)
Step 6: Let it sit on the counter, covered for 24 hours, then eat or refrigerate. Kim Chee is a fermented food and has a semi carbonated twang to it, along with a little zip. It goes with everything and is eaten with every meal in Korea.