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Does Gochujang come in mild?

animatrixie Jun 29, 2007 12:45 PM

I love the flavor of Korean Gochujang in dishes like Bi Bim Bap, but was wondering if there is a version that's not so hot. Any discussion on variations of Gochujang would be really helpful! Please excuse my transliteration if it's not standard. :)

  1. hannaone Jun 29, 2007 01:43 PM

    As far as I know, there is only one strength. You can dilute the hotness by adding a little honey, teri sauce, corn syrup, or sugar water. You would use only one of these. You may need to add some salt or soy bean paste also to keep the flavor from changing too much. and do a taste test as you add it.

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    1. re: hannaone
      Miss Needle Jun 29, 2007 02:52 PM

      Maybe ssam-jhang? Combo of gochujhang and bean paste with other ingredients. We always used to make our own, but I believe they sell it prepared at Korean grocery stores.

    2. bitsubeats Jun 29, 2007 03:05 PM

      sorry, there is only one strength. If you don't want it so spicy, don't add so much!!

      too bad you don't like spicy food, but hey at least you like korean (:

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      1. re: bitsubeats
        animatrixie Jun 29, 2007 04:10 PM

        I absolutely LOVE Korean food! :) I like dishes that come inherently spicy, but the problem for me is that if something's too hot/spicy, it completely overwhelms the flavor of the food, so then I can't enjoy it and all I taste is HOTTTTTTTT! I do love milder things like Jap Chae, Bulgogi and Oxtail Soup, though, too...Actually, I'm looking for a good recipe for Korean Oxtail soup - Please let me know if you have one to pass along or recommend! Yummmmm!

        1. re: animatrixie
          hannaone Jun 29, 2007 09:15 PM

          I posted a recipe in this thread

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/416580

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