What is gochujang, and where can you buy it?


Quick Answer

Gochujang is a Korean hot pepper paste that consists of red chili pepper, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt. Crazy Korean Shopping, Annie Chun's, Inc. and Amazon.com sell gochujang. Local Asian and Korean supermarkets also sell the product.

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Full Answer

Gochujang paste is thick, sticky, spicy and pungent. Similar to miso paste, a small amount of gochujang serves as a base for soups, glazes, marinades and other condiments. Some gochujang sauces or pastes contain sweeteners such as honey or sugar. Different brands of gochujang feature different heat levels, and most gochujang packages contain a spice-level indicator to help customers choose the right blend.

Crazy Korean Shopping carries Wholly Jang brand gluten-free, unpasteurized gochujang in single 16.6-ounce glass jars and cases of six glass jars. The company also offers the product in small, medium and large plastic containers. A fermentation artisan makes this brand using a traditional, all-natural fermentation process.

Annie Chun's carries a sweet and spicy gochujang sauce. Annie Chun's adds brown sugar, garlic, onions, vinegar and sesame oil to traditional gochujang paste to create the sauce. Amazon.com also sells several different brands of gochujang paste and sauce, including Sempio hot pepper paste, Wholly Gochujang, Sunchang gochujang and Chung Jung One gochujang.

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