I'm a huge lover of all things Korean, especially kimchi, because the layers of flavor are so amazing. This quick kimchi is refreshing and a little bit spicy. When your friends and family come over and hear you made it fresh, they'll be shocked.
Vegetables: Preheat oven to 350 F. Remove stems of the mushrooms; toss mushrooms in olive oil and salt and pepper, and roast in the oven until tender, 10 minutes. Cut in half and set aside. Shave fennel into thin slices on a mandoline, followed by butternut squash. Place the squash, fennel, and mushrooms in a bowl, top with basil and set aside.
Dressing: Place soybean paste, fish sauce, malt vinegar, hot pepper paste, ginger, garlic, chili flakes, and brown sugar in a blender and blend until smooth. Mix 6 tablespoons of the dressing into the vegetables. Season to taste with salt, toss, and serve. (Note: The remaining dressing can be used as a sauce for turkey or chicken wings. Combine 1 cup of dressing and 1 stick of unsalted butter over low heat and stir until everything comes together.)