This paste, which has the consistency of smooth peanut butter, adds a spicy and slightly sweet flavor to many Korean dishes. It's used to flavor soups, stews, sauces, and many more.
This ingredient can be found at a Korean grocery store, sometimes at Chinese or Japanese grocery stores, and rarely at a specialty food store. Make sure to buy ones that come in a red, rectangular plastic tub, rather than a jar.
I prefer Haechandeul brand (pictured below), at medium spicy. It's the most popular mainstream gochujang brand in Korea.
Do not buy flavored gochujang sold at American grocery stores (such as ones from Mother In Law's Kimchi or Annie Chun brand) as they are watered down and come with additional flavoring like sugar, sesame seeds, and vinegar.
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