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Dongchimi served as banchan
Type Kimchi
Place of origin Korea
Serving temperature Cold
Main ingredients Daikon, baechu, scallions, green chili, ginger, bae
Cookbook: Dongchimi  Media: Dongchimi
Hangul 동치미
Hanja 冬치미
Revised Romanization dongchimi
McCune–Reischauer tongchi'mi

Dongchimi is a variety of kimchi consisting of daikon, baechu (hangul: 배추, Chinese cabbage), scallions, fermented green chili, ginger, bae (hangul 배: Korean pear) and watery brine in Korean cuisine. As the name dong (hangul: 동; hanja: ; literally "winter") and chimi (hangul: 치미, an ancient term for kimchi), suggests, this kimchi is traditionally consumed during the winter season.[1]

Dongchimi is fermented like other varieties of kimchi, but its maturing period is relatively short (2-3 days). Although it can be made at any time of the year, it is usually made during the gimjang season. The northern regions consisting of Hamgyeong-do and Pyeongan-do in North Korea are particularly famous for their dongchimi.[2]

The clear and clean taste of the watery dongchimi is used as a soup for making dongchimi guksu (동치미국수 cold noodle soup made with dongchimi) and naengmyeon, or served with tteok or steamed sweet potatoes to balance out the rich flavors.[3]


Radish is the most important ingredient in dongchimi. Red peppers are also used, but dongchimi has a less spicy taste than other types of kimchi. Leaf mustard, garlics, gingers and leeks, as well as other salted ingredients may be included.[4]


  • Baechu dongchimi (Cabbage dongchimi, 배추동치미)

Radish and baechu stuffed with ingredients such as julienned radish, Korean chives, red peppers, garlic, and ginger is pickled in brine. Kelp stock is added for deep flavor before fermentation.[5]

  • Daenamu dongchimi (Bamboo dongchimi, 대나무동치미)

Bamboo leaves are used as a main ingredient, giving the dongchimi a crisp and clean taste while adding texture. The fermentation process takes longer than other varieties of dongchimi due to its lower sodium content but it can also be stored much longer.[6] It is a local specialty of South Jeolla province.

  • Gungjung dongchimi (Royal dongchimi, 궁중 동치미)

Made from small radish, yuja, pomegranate, and Korean pears are added for a fragrant version.[7]

There are many other variations depending on region and personal taste.

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27 news items

The Korea Herald
Fri, 18 Oct 2013 03:43:09 -0700

Dongchimi is a mild water-based kimchi made with a small variety of white radish, called dongchimi mu. Traditionally, dongchimi is made with whole radishes and therefore takes weeks to mature. This recipe is a quick version. The radishes are cut into ...

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times
Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:00:00 -0700

In between meat courses, you can ask for the usual steamed egg and the cold noodles in radish kimchi broth (dongchimi gookmul). The old-school Korean lunch box will be a nostalgic trip for those who grew up in Korea in the '60s and '70s. Even if you ...

Korea JoongAng Daily

Korea JoongAng Daily
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:00:44 -0700

The fuel was also used to neutralize poisonous elements and odors in soy sauce and dongchimi (radish water kimchi). The ancients hung charcoal on geumjul, a straw rope that was placed across a gate for 21 days after the birth of a baby to prevent evil ...
Daily NK
Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:38:15 -0800

But unlike here [the South], almost no one makes scallion kimchi, young radish kimchi, or even dongchimi [radish water kimchi]. Cabbage kimchi is usually fermented for a month before it's consumed. And before that, people mostly keep their radish ...

Noosa News

Noosa News
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:48:45 -0800

tobiko (a flying fish roe) with the wontons, or dongchimi (a variety of kimchi) with the quail, but which will thrill your tastebuds and make you want to learn more. Joo balances his dishes, introducing exciting spices and flavours to the palate with ...
LA Magazine (blog)
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:33:45 -0700

Pyongyang naengmyeon (or mul naengmyeon) has a base of beef or chicken broth along with the brine of cabbage or radish water kimchi known as dongchimi. Cucumber slices, Korean pear, and a hard-boiled egg are the bare bones accompaniments, ...
Tue, 18 Feb 2014 09:08:30 -0800

I'm a big fan of Hae Jang Chon, Park's BBQ and the Corner Place and (although the BBQ at the Corner Place isn't as good as the dongchimi guksu, aka cold noodle soup, which is sublime). But my new favorite is probably Kang Hodong Baekjeong, which has ...
Korea IT Times (press release)
Tue, 22 Feb 2011 01:31:02 -0800

She said dongchimi (watery radish kimchi) is another must-eat item. "Dongchimi, of which solar salt is an ingredient, is a fermented food and very healthy since the saturation amount of oxygen is high. In the past, when charcoal briquettes were mainly ...

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