Gochujang Korean Chili Paste
Gochujang is a thick, deep red chili paste from Korea. Pungent from the fermented soybeans, Gochujang is also salty, somewhat sweet depending on the manufacturer and has varying degrees of spiciness. This paste is an indispensable ingredient in Korean kitchens, serving as the basis for other famous Korean sauces such as Ssamjang and Chogochujang.
Gochujang is used in many Korean stews and marinades as well. Originally made from fermented soybeans, red chili peppers, glutinous rice and salt, modern day versions of Gochujang may have variant ingredients as substitutes, such as regular short grain rice in lieu of glutinous rice and the addition of sugar or honey as sweetener.
Outside of Korea, Gochujang is sold predominantly in two types of containers as pictured above. One is typically a red rectangular plastic box; the other is a short, wide glass jar.