Sempio Gochujang (Hot Chili Paste) 500g
What is Gochujang?
Gochujang, a fundamental ingredient in Korean cooking, is a thick and spicy-sweet crimson paste made from red chile pepper flakes, glutinous rice (also known as sticky rice), fermented soybeans, and salt. Traditionally, it’s fermented over years in an earthenware pot kept outdoors, during which time the starches in the glutinous rice are converted to sugars, giving the condiment its underlying sweetness. The chile peppers provide a healthy amount of lingering heat, while the fermented soybeans act as the miso-like ingredient that anchors gochujang's "umami" flavor.
How to use it?
Gochujang's sweet-hot-salty flavor shines when it's used in moderation to add depth to all kinds of dishes, from stews and braises to marinades and sauces. Unlike sriracha or Tabasco, gochujang isn't meant to be used as a finishing sauce on its own—it's too aggressive. Instead, it’s used to complement rich meat dishes, like spicy pork or beef bulgogi, and liven up starchy foods like winter squash or squishy Korean rice cakes.