Korean Cooking – Kimchi

Yesterday we had a brilliant afternoon making Korean Kimchi!

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Despite being advised by our Korean students that it was ‘impossible’ to make in such a short amount of time, I put together an adapted recipe and (hopefully!) made it work!

Lisa brought in jars for us to re-use so each of the students could take their own Kimchi home with them ❤

All was going well until two of our Korean students, Song and Jin Wook, poured the whole 50 grams of curry powder in, instead of the recommended 1 to 2 tablespoons!

We added some extra sugar and watermelon to make it sweeter and take away some of the spice but it was still making us turn red in the face! Song and Jin Wook recommended having with rice when it’s ready to eat, and this will hopefully give it a milder flavour and make it more enjoyable to eat!

It is recommended to wait at least 1 to 5 days so it can ferment, but it can be left (refrigerated) for a few months. I’m looking forward to finding out next week how the flavours have changed after the fermentation period!

To make this at home you can follow my simple adapted recipe below (along with the typical Korean ingredients in red). I prepped the cabbage in the morning so it would have a few hours to soften, and the rest of the recipe took us less than an hour to do! Not impossible after all 🙂

 

Ingredients

  • 1 medium cabbage (napa cabbage)
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic (5 to 6 cloves)
  • 1 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons chilli powder (gochugaru/Korean red pepper flakes)
  • 8 ounces radish, peeled and cut into matchsticks (Korean or daikon radish)
  • 4  medium spring onions, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces (scallions)

      Equipment

  • Cutting board and knife
  • Large bowl
  • Plate and something to weigh the kimchi down, like a jar or can of beans
  • Colander
  • Jars with canning lid

 

Instructions

  1. Cut the cabbage. Cut the cabbage lengthwise through the stem into quarters. Cut the cores from each piece. Cut each quarter crosswise into 2-inch-wide strips.
  2. Salt the cabbage. Place the cabbage in a large bowl and sprinkle with the salt. Using your hands, massage the salt into the cabbage until it starts to soften a bit. Add enough water to cover the cabbage. Put a plate on top of the cabbage and weigh it down with something heavy, like a jar or can of beans. Let stand for 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Rinse and drain the cabbage. Rinse the cabbage under cold water 3 times. Set aside to drain in a colander for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, make the spice paste.
  4. Make the spice paste. Rinse and dry the bowl you used for salting. Add the garlic, ginger, sugar, and fish sauce and stir into a smooth paste. Stir in the chilli powder, using 1 tablespoon for mild and up to 5 tablespoons for spicy (I like about 3 1/2 tablespoons); set aside until the cabbage is ready.
  5. Combine the vegetables and spice paste. Gently squeeze any remaining water from the cabbage and add it to the spice paste. Add the radish and spring onions.
  6. Mix thoroughly. Using your hands, gently work the paste into the vegetables until they are thoroughly coated.
  7. Pack the kimchi into the jar. Press down on the kimchi until the brine rises to cover the vegetables, leaving at least 1 inch of space at the top. Seal the jar.
  8. Let it ferment for 1 to 5 days. Let the jar stand at cool room temperature, out of direct sunlight, for 1 to 5 days. You may see bubbles inside the jar and brine may seep out of the lid (place a bowl or plate under the jar to help catch any overflow).
  9. Check it daily and refrigerate when ready. Check the kimchi once a day, pressing down on the vegetables with a clean finger or spoon to keep them submerged under the brine. (This also releases gases produced during fermentation.) Taste a little at this point too. When the kimchi tastes ripe enough for your liking, transfer the jar to the refrigerator. You may eat it right away, but it’s best after another week or two.

Recipe from: https://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-easy-kimchi-at-home-189390

 

 

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New Starters! 3 September

Welcome to our nine new starters joining us Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Giorgia is from the Italian part of Switzerland. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, walking at the beach, shopping, skiing and travelling! She has just finished studying Economics at school and now wants to take some time to learn new languages! She will study English with us for 6 months and then wants to study German and French. She chose Australia for her studies because of it being a beautiful place with nice and helpful people!

Nora is also from the Italian part of Switzerland and has traveled here with her friend Giorgia. She loves animals and has a turtle and cat. She also enjoys reading, partying, skiing and eating Italian food. She has just finished studying Economics and is now dedicating this year to learning new languages, starting with English! She chose to come to Byron Bay because we have the best beaches and plenty of different activities!

Gara is from Lanzarote, one of the Canary islands in Spain. She loves animals, especially her two dogs and four cats. Her hobbies include going to the cinema and photography, which she studied in Madrid. She chose to come Australia to learn English so she can travel and meet people from all over the world!

Gilles is from the French speaking part of Switzerland. In his free time he likes to hang out with friends, practice sports and hip hop dance. After he finishes his studies in Australia and his military service he will study Economics at University. He is wanting to improve his English because he feels it is important the world over and very useful for traveling. It has always been his dream to come to Australia so combining the two is what brings him to Lexis today!

Jin Wook is from Korea. His hobbies include Table Tennis and pocket ball. He works as a car engineer in Korea and is hoping to find a job here in Australia doing the same. He will study at Lexis for 3 months and then travel Australia, which he is very excited about! He went to Byron main beach when he arrived at the weekend and is already in love with Byron!

Salome is from the Italian part of Switzerland. She loves music and plays the harp. She also loves to travel, discover new places and experience new things.  She has just finished High School and is very excited to be here for a new adventure! As well as studying English she is also looking forward to going to the beach and doing lots of activities in Byron! After her 13 weeks at Lexis she will travel Australia before returning to continue her studies.

Cristina is from Spain. She loves sports, particularly triathlon and would now like to learn surfing here in Byron Bay! She works as a computer programmer in Spain and is hoping to find similar work here in Australia. She loves to travel and wants to improve her English  so it is easier for her and she can make new friends in other countries. She also thinks improving her English will help her find better work in Spain.

Daniel is Spanish but lives in Switzerland with his family. He enjoys all sports, but his favourite is Thai boxing. He also loves natures and his dog, especially combining the two by taking his dog for runs in the forest! He works in an architect office in Switzerland. He chose to come to Australia to learn English after two of his friends told him ‘it is the best country in the world’!

Saskia is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. She loves snowboarding and hiking in nature. She has just finished studying to become a primary school teacher. She now needs to improve her English so she can take the Advanced test and start teaching next year. She chose Byron Bay for her studies because of it being a small town and having lots of nature.

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Farewell to our Hiroshima Study Group! 10 August

Today we say farewell to our Hiroshima study group!

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We have thoroughly enjoyed having the 11 Hiroshima school students with us for the past 2 weeks!

As well as English classes they also took part in our homestay programme and daily activities.

I have really loved watching their confidence grow throughout the activities and will be missing them all next week!

During their time here we enjoyed a beautiful walk to Byron’s lighthouse, a didgeridoo lesson, volleyball at the beach, Aussie food tasting, boomerang painting , a scavenger hunt, and a sunny afternoon at the beach!

They also got to cuddle koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, go surfing in the one of the World’s best surf spots, and visit an Australian high school to share their culture with the students there.

Mikio, Ryo, Nonoka, Haruna, Rei, Itsumi, Ai, Yuno, Ryuta and Fuki graduate from Kristy’s  Elementary class. Kristy says she has loved teaching them all. They loved the language games they played in class and practiced lots of pronunciation, with them all making big improvements! They were very shy when they first joined us but their personalities all shone through into their second week!

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Mana graduates from Michelle’s Pre-Intermediate class. Michelle says she has a beautiful and graceful approach to learning. Her understanding of grammar and use of vocabulary has been excellent and her speaking has improved during her time with us.

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We are sure this has been a wonderful experience for them and one they will remember forever!

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Hiroshima study group go surfing! 7 August

On Tuesday some of our Hiroshima study group experienced what Byron’s most famous for…surfing!!

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The waves were perfect for beginners and the sun was shining and warm 🙂

They all had a great time and Let’s Go Surfing managed to get everyone standing!

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Scavenger Hunt! 6 August

On Monday our Hiroshima study group set off on a Scavenger Hunt!

In groups of 3 and one pair they had to get pictures from the below list:

Take a picture of somebody…

  • Eating an ice-cream
  • Drinking a coffee
  • Running in the park
  • Wearing a blue top
  • Jumping in front of the Lexis school sign
  • Sitting below the LOVE sign

Love

  • Surfing in the ocean
  • Doing a Yoga pose
  • Australian
  • On holiday / a tourist

 

They only had 30 minutes to get as many as they could before meeting me back at the beach. They all did a great job, with every group getting 8 out of the 10 in the short time they had!

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Volleyball – 2 August

Yesterday we had a wonderful afternoon playing volleyball at the beach!

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First we had a quick game of South America VS Japan, with Japan having a small advantage with 7 extra players!

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The students then split into three teams of 5, taking turns to play against eachother.

Keeping themselves entertained whilst waiting for their next turn!

After an hour of playing there was time for a us to quickly dip our feet in the ocean to cool off before heading back to school!

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Coffee Clubs – July!

Throughout July we continue to have Coffee Club every Tuesday, affectionately known as Tim Tam club to many!

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Join me in the student lounge for coffees, Tim Tams and games!

Everyone’s favourite is Uno, but there’s always other options for the students to chose!

It’s lots of fun and a great way to meet other students!

Hope to see you there 🙂

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.