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BCI Fermentation Workshop

Ingredients kimchi


  • 3 kg Chinese cabbage
  • 80 ml fish sauce
  • 15 g ginger
  • 75 g garlic
  • 350 chili powder
  • 300 g glutinous rice flour
  • Water, salt and sugar
  • Optional:
    • Onions
    • Carrots
    • Spring onions
    • Apple (for the kimchi paste)


  1. Thoroughly wash the Chinese cabbage and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  2. Put the cut Chinese cabbage in a bowl and sprinkle with salt. Mix well.
  3. Let sit for two hours to allow the salt to draw out the liquid (Better to let sit overnight!).
  4. Wash and peel the ginger and garlic thoroughly. Chop very finely or puree to a smooth paste using a blender.
  5. Cook sticky rice flour with water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and thickens to a paste.
  6. Add everything to the cooled rice paste along with chili powder, garlic and fish sauce. Ready is the kimchi paste! (If you don't want the kimchi to be so spicy, just use less chili powder).
  7. Drain the liquids leaking from the Chinese cabbage and rinse under running water to remove the salt.
  8. Rub the Chinese cabbage with the kimchi paste (using disposable gloves) and massage it in.
  9. Add the marinated Chinese cabbage in a sterile glass or plastic container. The containers should be boiled beforehand to prevent the kimchi from going bad quickly. Close the container with a few centimeters of space to the lid and without air pockets.
  10. Put it in the refrigerator and let it ferment for a week!

The kimchi is ready! Bon appetit!

Our team Fermentation@Home

© BCI​/​TU Dortmund

Mina Forgani, Marie Katharina Müller and Quoc Heng Ngo

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.