English Name: Hot Pepper Flakes
Korean Name: 고추가루 / 김치용 고추가루
Other Names: Red Pepper Flakes, Hot pepper powder, Red Pepper Flakes for Kimchi
Storage: Keep in an air tight container or ziploc bag in the freezer.
Classified Under: Milled
Hot pepper flakes are dried and ground Korean red chili peppers. Spiciness varies from mild to spicy. I like to use mild spicy in my cooking as they bring out the red color in dishes.
They should be bright red in color (not dull red) and very coarse (not a fine powder). Look through the clear portion of the package to make sure it's coarse, not fine like flour. If it's fine, it's called red pepper powder - which is used mainly to make hot pepper paste (gochujang).
Hot pepper flakes can be used to make kimchi, season salads and barbecues, and more. Sometimes they are labeled "for kimchi" or in Korean "김치용." You may also see a photo of kimchi on the package.
If you can afford it, try to buy one produced in Korea (not China). Also, sun dried is better so look for "태양초" on the package.
When asking staff at a Korean grocery store, ask for "deolmaewoon gochugaru" or "덜 매운 고추가루" for less spicy gochugaru.
Products are all labeled differently - some are labeled hot pepper powder although its flakes. You just need to look at the clear portion at the package and see if it's coarse, and look for the indicators I've mentioned above.
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