Geotjeori – fresh kimchi salad

Delicious home made Geotjeori has to sprinkled with sesame oil right before serving

When making kimchi seems too complicated, there is an other way to eat a delicious and flavorful style of kimchi, named geotjeori (겉절이). While kimchi is normally left to ferment for a longer period,  geotjeori can be eaten right away just as a salad.

In spring and summer, after a long period of eating kimjang kimchi, I like to eat fresh geotjeori. I like the crunchy taste of the new cabbages, and the smell of chamgireum (sesame oil).

My geotjeori recipe seems pretty good, I think. I remember that 3 Korean hapkido masters visited my home on the occasion of a European Hapkido championship in 2007. They brought their own pack of kimchi directly from Korea.

As soon as I opened the front door to welcome them they noticed the smell of the geotjeori that I just made. Once they had tasted the geotjeori they wanted to eat it with only white rice. In 2 days 4 people ate 4 kg of geotjeori and the kimchi from Korea stayed almost untouched !

After the cabbage is pickled with coarse salt, rinse it and let it dry before you tear it to lengthwise strips

Here is my geotjeori recipe that we normally use :

  • 1 chinese cabbage (around 1kg)
  • 1/2 cup of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup of red pepper powder
  • 4 or 5 fresh red peppers
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of minced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of pickled baby shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted sesame seeds
  • 3 stalks of green onion
  • 2 tablespoons of sesame oil
  1. Cut the cabbage into 2 halves lengthwise, pickle them for 30 minutes with the coarse salt, then rinse and drain
  2. Tear the leaves and cut them into bite-size pieces
  3. Cut the peppers and remove the seeds, slice them into 2-3 cm long strips
  4. Cut the green onion into 3-4 cm length
  5. Chop and mince the garlic
  6. Mix the red pepper powder with the pickled baby shrimp, minced ginger and garlic, green onion and sesame seeds.
  7. Mix the cabbage leaves with the seasoning you just made and add sugar.
  8. Add the sesame oil just before serving

You can eat this delicious sidedish immediately, enjoy your meal !

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