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Ever used, much less heard of Gochujang?

RRPRRP Posts: 22,529
Just read this on MSN Lifestyles:

The Secret Ingredient You Should Have in Your Pantry (but Don’t)


a bowl of food on a plate© Lilechka75/Getty Images

Oh, hello, giant plate of spaghetti Bolognese. What’s that hint of sweet spiciness we taste? Is it red pepper? Is it cinnamon? Is it cumin?

Nope, nope and nope. It’s a traditional Korean ingredient called gochujang (pronounced go-chu-jang), and it’s your new secret weapon.

Made from red chile paste, sticky rice and fermented soybeans, gochujang is a veritable flavor bomb. It’s hot, sweet, pungent and savory all at once. It’s the same consistency and concentration as miso paste and similarly versatile.

Stir it into jarred tomato sauce, soups, marinades or even ketchup to make a fancy dipping sauce for French fries. Thin it with olive oil and toss your veggies in the mixture before roasting them. Mix it into your deviled eggs, scrambled eggs or sheet pan eggs. Use it to instantly elevate store-bought hummus. Starting to get the picture? It’s the perfect magical ingredient when you need to add that little extra something-something.

The great news: Gochujang is easy to find in the supermarket. Just head over to the international aisle and scout out a big red tub. It’s inexpensive, and it’ll last for about three months in the refrigerator. (If you don’t use it up by then.)

L, M, S &  Mini

Ron
Dunlap, IL
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  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,240
    Yep. Keep it in the house.  Good stuff. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • cookingdude555cookingdude555 Posts: 1,798
    Yes. I’ve probably had it, I like eating Asian food. I don’t know what’s on my plate when I order it but it’s always tasty. 

    John - SLC, UT

    2 XLs, Large, Medium, MM, and Mini

  • UncleBillyUncleBilly Posts: 221
    I’ve only used it in the Spicy Korean Meatballs recipe that @bgebrent posted awhile ago.  If that is the only thing I ever use it for it is worth having on hand.  
    XL  Central Ohio
  • kaybeekaybee Posts: 120
    Great stuff. Makes an awesome chicken marinade/glaze with some orange juice, soy and ginger.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,529
    OK, gang - is it hard to find? We have a couple Asian grocery stores in town so I guess I'll go looking tomorrow!
    L, M, S &  Mini

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • dharleydharley Posts: 211
    I use it for Korean wings and BBQ. I think it's irreplaceable in Korean recipes. It's easy to find around here in paste and on Amazon in the chili flake form which I've used to make kimchi a few times. 
    Second hand LBGE with New PSWOO, 36" Blackstone- Playing with fire in Three Rivers, MI

    Always do sober what you said you would drunk, that'll teach you to keep your mouth shut.  -EH
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,094
    edited June 10
    RRP said:
    OK, gang - is it hard to find? We have a couple Asian grocery stores in town so I guess I'll go looking tomorrow!
    Ron, our local grocery store - Harris Teeter - actually carries it.  If your local place has an “international” aisle, you might want to look for it there first.
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 18,373
    It’s in all our stores as well. Even the smaller format grocery stores. Use it all the time
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • Ima_good_eggIma_good_egg Posts: 583
    It’s a frequent flyer in our house as well. 
    Wisconsin, lbge, MM, kab, pig tail flippers, bear claws, and more rubs than I will admit to.
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 18,373
    I hear it’s good on pizza. Who knew? 
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • jeffwitjeffwit Posts: 1,348
    I hear it’s good on pizza. Who knew? 
    I wish somebody would start a thread about a pizza with gochujang meatballs. 
    Jefferson, GA
    XL BGE, MM, Things to flip meat over and stuff
    Wife, 3 kids, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 12 chickens, 2 goats, 2 pigs. 
    “Honey, we bought a farm.”
  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 8,396
    edited June 10
    No way I’d be sharing this information!   

    Nothin “off topic” about Gochujang 

    -----------------------------------------


    2008 -Large BGE. 2013- Small BGE and 2015 - Mini. Henderson, Ky.
  • kaybeekaybee Posts: 120
    I hear it’s good on pizza. Who knew? 
    Now that has the wheels turning... Use it as a sauce base, some smoked orange-ginger--soy beef short rib, black garlic and Thai basil. Cheese selection may be a bit weird, not a big part of asian cuisine. I'd probably go with just straight mozzarella...
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    kaybee said:
    I hear it’s good on pizza. Who knew? 
    Now that has the wheels turning... Use it as a sauce base, some smoked orange-ginger--soy beef short rib, black garlic and Thai basil. Cheese selection may be a bit weird, not a big part of asian cuisine. I'd probably go with just straight mozzarella...
    John's looked edible.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,094
    kaybee said:
    I hear it’s good on pizza. Who knew? 
    Now that has the wheels turning... Use it as a sauce base, some smoked orange-ginger--soy beef short rib, black garlic and Thai basil. Cheese selection may be a bit weird, not a big part of asian cuisine. I'd probably go with just straight mozzarella...
    Some great options here for sure.
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 1,047
    I’m in SoCal so our markets have a section for Asian ingredients & it’s readily available at most stores.  
    Temple, TX   XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 17,567
    Should be easy to find Ron, International isle or Asian section.  Good luck.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,529
    Thanks all of you! I wonder if there is any comparison (since SWMBO had a couple days of "trots") to when I used MSG for the first time at home.
    L, M, S &  Mini

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • The Cen-Tex SmokerThe Cen-Tex Smoker Posts: 18,373
    “Trots”. Love it
    1- LGBE
    1- KBQ C-60 (The Dishwasher)
    I- Blackstone 36" Griddle
    1- Sweet-A$$ Roccbox Pizza Oven
    1-Very Understanding and Forgiving Wife
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,094
    RRP said:
    Thanks all of you! I wonder if there is any comparison (since SWMBO had a couple days of "trots") to when I used MSG for the first time at home.
    I guess it depends...
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,529
    RRP said:
    Thanks all of you! I wonder if there is any comparison (since SWMBO had a couple days of "trots") to when I used MSG for the first time at home.
    I guess it depends...
    Oh I agree...wouldn't be the first time I bought something one or the other of us could not stand - so if this stuff is as cheap as they say then several gallons of water flushed down the toilet the next few days isn't a big cost!
    L, M, S &  Mini

    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • SGHSGH Posts: 25,442
    @RRP
    Sorry for the hijack and straying off topic, but wanted to let you know I finally made it home my friend. Currently sitting pretty “just this side” of Biloxi, MS. And brother believe me when I say that it’s good to finally be home. 

    Location- Just "this side" of Biloxi, Ms.

    Status- Standing by.

    Arsenal-Just a small wore out and broken down Weber kettle. No other means to cook at all.
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 13,094
    edited June 11
    RRP said:
    RRP said:
    Thanks all of you! I wonder if there is any comparison (since SWMBO had a couple days of "trots") to when I used MSG for the first time at home.
    I guess it depends...
    Oh I agree...wouldn't be the first time I bought something one or the other of us could not stand - so if this stuff is as cheap as they say then several gallons of water flushed down the toilet the next few days isn't a big cost!
    Ron have you ever had Korean food?  If you’ve had Bibimbap (meat and veggies, with egg over a bed of rice in a pot) then often this stuff is served with it.  You don’t need much of it, as it’s typically pretty spicy.
    "Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." - Einstein

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike


  • odie91odie91 Posts: 508
    Ron they make it without MSG too.  I grew up eating this stuff, but just recently discovered my favorite version at a grocery here ;  it comes in a glass bottle and can be poured out.   The stuff in the rectangular tubs is usually a lot thicker and hard to mix.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 7,047
    In '99, I found a Korean place for lunch with a Japanese name of "Teriyaki Now", and fell in love with their korean Hot & Spicy Chicken, but could never duplicate it at home.  
    It was only a year and a half ago or so that I finally discovered gochujang, and I've had the tub available ever since.  
    I did buy a 4-oz jar of "gochujang", that tasted wrong; learned that it didn't have the fermented rice, which is the key to its taste, imnsho.  Get the tub, and it's available on Amazon.
    Oh, and my favorite Korean place recently changed their name (thankfully not their recipes/cooks) to the sadly-confusing name, Seoul Food.  d'Oh!!  
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,134
    My Korean brother-in-law recommends this brand:

  • theyolksonyoutheyolksonyou Posts: 17,240
    My Korean brother-in-law recommends this brand:

    You have a Puerto Rican wife and a Korean BIL?  Damn United Nations up in here. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. My wings either. 
  • @RRP if you can’t find it up by you, PM me and I’ll send ya some.  The local H-Mart here carry tons of the stuff... H-mart is a local chain of Korean supermarkets.  Besides, I need an excuse to pick up some of their marinated single pork belly.. cooks up like pork candy
    Southwestern CT
  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 6,104
    A couple of years ago, one Asian market here had 1 variety. Now it has 3 brands, and I've seen it at a Meier's store recently.

    Momofuko makes their own variant, Ssam sauce, that combines the gochujang w. other flavors, like miso and soy. Very striking flavor, but needs to be added to Egged meats just before finish, or the flavors bake off, leaving just the chili.
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 3,901
    The Asian market on University has it and just about anything else you can think of.  Great store if you've never been.
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

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