Korean Chili Paste (Gochujang)
Gochujang is a Korean condiment made from chili peppers, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans, and salt. This spicy red paste adds flavor and heat to many Korean dishes like bibimbap, tteokbokki, and bulgogi. Traditionally, gochujang was made by fermenting a paste of glutinous rice, soybeans, salt, and pepper powder in large earthen pots outdoors for months. The process breaks down the starches and proteins in the rice and beans, developing complex savory and sweet flavors. Modern gochujang is often made more quickly using manufactured meju powder. The paste can range from mild to fiery hot depending on the amount of chili powder used. Try gochujang to add a unique, richkick to your cooking!