What is gochujang? What is it made of?
Gochujang is a deep red, smooth and spicy paste popular in Korean cuisine. A staple condiment, it’s made from Korean chilli powder (gochugaru), fermented soybean powder (mejugaru), glutinous rice powder (sssalgaru) and salt. The traditional method to make gochujang can take anywhere from three to six months, where the paste is stored in a clay pot and aged in full sun.
What does gochujang taste like?
We think gochujang has a deep, rich tomato-like flavour – sweet, sour and spicy all in one! But it might surprise you how complex the flavour actually is. Fermentation gives it a deliciously salty umami kick, while Korean chilli powder gives a hint of sweetness to round it all out.
How spicy is gochujang?
Gochujang can be found in both mild and hot versions. If you’re worried about too much spice when using it for the first time, try adding less than the recipe requires until you become used to the flavour and heat level. Then you can happily adjust until you get the perfect spice level to suit your preference.