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Gochujang (Hot Pepper Paste) 고추장

43kcal (70g)
Key Nutrients: 
protein, carbohydrate, carotene
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Korean hot pepper paste or red chili paste ("gochujang") is one of the essential seasoning ingredients in Korean cooking. For authentic Korean cooking, other hot sauces cannot replace the unique taste and texture of gochujang. Gochujang is used in numerous korean dishes such as bibimbap, spicy rice cake ("dduk bok gi") and spicy chicken (or pork) bulgogi. It is also used to make stew and "ssamjang" (dipping sauce for lettuce wrap).

LIke soybean paste (Doenjang), gochujang is made through a fermentation process. Its primary ingredients are red chili pepper flakes, rice powder, sweet rice powder, and powdered fermented soybeans and salt. It can be gluten free but not all brands are truly gluten free. So, double check with the manufacturer or retailer.

You can buy gluten-free chemical-free unpasteurized gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) online here.

Sourcing & Selecting

Because gochujang's fermentaiton process is reasonably short, the quality of gochujang comes down to the quality and the quantity of ingredients used. High quality gochujang contains more of red chili pepper and rice, and less of fillers like corn syrup.

Check the components of the ingredient and the expiry date.

You can purchase gochujang at a local Korean grocery store or online.

We highly recommend Wholly Gochujang which is made with premium ingredients by Artisan Uk Kang who has dedicated past two decades to the art of fermentation. Wholly Gochujang is gluten-free, vegan and free of chemical additives. It is made with non-GMO soybeans.


To buy gochujang wholesale for your business, visit here.

You may use red chilli pepper flakes (with some soy sauce and sugar) for some recipes to replace red chilli paste. BUT DO NOT use other kinds of hot sauce such as Tabasco or Sriracha. (Yes, we love Sriracha too but not for Korean cooking.)
How to Measure: 
Store in the refrigerator once opened (0ºC ~ 5ºC).
Nutrition and Health Facts: 

Niacin 0.54mg
Sodium 502.00mg
Protein 1.18g
Glucide 8.60g
Retinol 0.00μg
β O Carotene 466.60μg
Vitamin A 77.80μgRE
Vitamin B1 0.04mg
Vitamin B2 0.05mg
Vitamin B6 0.21mg
Vitamin C 0.00mg
Vitamin E 0.47mg
Dietary Fiber 0.84g
Zinc 0.08mg
Folic Acid 14.92μg
Phosphorus 29.00mg
Lipid 0.48g
Iron 0.38mg
Potassium 81.20mg
Calcium 11.00mg
Cholesterol 0.00mg
Ash 1.64g
(Of 70 grams of red chili paste)


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