It only takes a few minutes and a little patience to make this simple introduction to the wonderful world of kimchee. We Koreans like to make all sorts of claims about kimchee, from warding off colds and vampires, to treating tummy conditions, to raising your libido. I can personally vouch for at least three out of the four.
Step 1: What You'll Need.
1 pound of daicon radish (probably should not be as green as the one you see here--try to find something that's more uniformly white);
2 heads (yes, heads) of garlic;
1 bunch of scallions;
1 Tablespoon salt (I use Diamond Crystal);
4 Tablespoons-ish dried red pepper flakes (from the Korean grocer, not the crushed red pepper flakes you see in pizza parlors);
1 teaspoon sugar (optional, but nice);
1 tablespoon salted baby prawns (also optional, but nice).