Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday’s Side Dish: Korean Hot Pepper Paste aka Gochujang

A staple so good it’s a side dish

Look for loads of this food item on store shelves in HMart and Lotte Plaza.  Gochujang is one of the most popular food ingredients and seasonings among Korean households.  This paste usually has a deep red color, pungent flavor, and slight scent of fermented soy beans.  Gochujang contains glutenous rice, soy beans, chili peppers, and salt.  The combined ingredients are then fermented outdoors in large clay pots.  The result is a viscous and spicy paste that’s used to season many authentically Korean dishes, such as bimbimbap, jae yook bookum, and tteokbokki.  A 16 oz jar or container will run for $6.99 and up so do shop around for the best price. 

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