Kkakdugi (radish kimchi)
As someone who loves condiments, and pickles in particular, Ive tried preserved vegetables in various forms from cultures around the world. Id argue though that no one does pickles quite as well as the Koreans. Kimchi was traditionally prepared during fall in large batches and stored underground in earthenware urns. This was the perfect way to preserve summer vegetables for the long harsh Korean winter.
Like a fine wine, kkakdugi tastes better as it matures. I love that you can enjoy a batch over the course of its fermentation. It starts off vibrant and fresh, like a pungent salad. As the flavors meld, it mellows out, bringing out the sweetness of the gochugaru (chili flakes) and radish. As it continues to mature, lacto-fermenation... [via No Recipes]