I recently became aware of a Korean restaurant here in Toronto called Swish by Han that has an item on the menu that immediately caught my attention, a pear kimchi salad with blue cheese. I am a big fan of kimchi , but I had never even thought about making a kimchi with something like pears but I could just image how good a sweet and spicy pear kimchi would be. I went with a slightly modified version of my normal kimchi recipe which has an amazing combination of savoury flavours. Where the cabbage kimchi recipe calls for letting the kimchi sit out a room temperature for a few days to kick start the fermentation process I only let this pear kimchi sit for a half a day let the flavours come out and then I chilled it before serving it. The pear kimchi was a great success! Sweet pears go really well in in a spicy kimchi sauce and I could hardly resist eating it all with a spoon even before trying it in the salad as planned!
A quick Korean pear kimchi that is and amazing combination of sweet and spicy.
- 3 tablespoons gochugaru (Korean chili pepper flakes)
- 1/2 Asian pear, grated
- 2 tablespoons daikon radish, grated
- 2 tablespoons carrot, grated
- 2 green onions, trimmed and sliced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
- 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce, or soy sauce for a vegetarian version
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 4 large pears, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- Mix everything but the pears.
- Mix the pears into the mixture.
- Cover and let at room temperature for half a day.
- Store in fridge and enjoy chilled.
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This sounds wonderful as always Kevin. New kimchi idea for you….Deviled Eggs with Kimchi, Bacon and Mint. Sounds odd but really, really good. And you've inspired me to make my own instead of buying at PAT.
I cannot wait to make this! I love kimchi – It's my absolute favorite but I have never heard of it being made from pears! Interesting concept but sound amazing!!
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Very original and surely delicious!
Your recipe are always so brilliant…you are a genius…And I love your use of leftovers and the fact that you use the same ingredient for different recipes…and they are always so rich and tasty as I like…thanks for sharing this
Ana Powell says
I love all your dishes.
I have never seen Asian pears must look for them as I really want to make this delightful dish.
Have a great week ♥
Ana Powell: This would work with pretty much any pear as long as it a bit on the firmer side.
Awesome. I just made Kimchi for the first time and I also have 2 boxes of Seckel Pears. I had an insiration to make pear Kimchi to. I went online to find some one else has thought of that. So cool. Now I know I can make Pear Kimchi. Thanks.
Tara S. says
I made this recipe yesterday, for the first time. It is delicious! I only made one batch; but my container was large enough for two, so next time I’m going to double it! I would like to know the nutrition information though, is that possible? Thank you for this recipe. I absolutely love it!