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Tomato Kimchi Recipe for Summer

  • Author: Seonkyoung Longest


This recipe is perfect for summertime! With all seasonal ingredients, you have a delicious summer on a plate.


  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 oz ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • a handful chive, cut into 1” long*
  • 4 plant-based fish sauce or Yondu
  • 4 tbsp gochugaru, Korean red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 tbsp maesilaek, Korean green plum extract*
  • 5 to 6 large size firm tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds


  1. Combine the garlic, onion, chive, plant-based fish sauce, gochugaru, raw sugar, and maesilaek in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Slice each tomato into eight wedges and add to the bowl. Mix well with your hand or a spoon, and finally sprinkle with sesame seeds. It can be served immediately or the next day. It will last a week in the refrigerator. 


*You can use any chive you can find – Korean chive, garlic chive, or regular chive. If you can’t find a chive, you can use green onions instead.

*Maesilaek can be substituted with apple juice, pear juice, or grated apple or pear.