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Oct 3, 2007 11:55 AM

Korean Hot Relish

I seen a bottled relish recently at a Wal-Mart store, I remember it being Korean. Can anyone help me with what this is and what it might be similar too. Is it Kimchee (SP?). If so what are the uses for such an item ?? I love chinese chili paste, would it have similar uses ?

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  1. Don't know what it was you found at WalMart, but this may help with the kimchee question:
    I prefer it as a side item rather than a condiment.

    1. If you saw chunks of cabbage in there you can bet it was kimchee. If it looked more like ketchup it was probably gochujang (or kochujang or kojuchang or however you would choose to spell it at any given occasion), which is a spicy red pepper condiment that's killer over eggs.

      If it was kimchee you can eat it straight up like a man. Or you can tuck it in with some rice in some seaweed squares. Or make soup from it. Or put it in mandu (Korean version of jiaozi/gyoza) with some ground pork and ground beef. Or stir fry it. The possibilities are endless! Koreans eat kimchee with *everything* morning, noon, and night. I don't know what brand of kimchee Wal-Mart carries but be warned: there is very good kimchee and there is very bad kimchee. It's quite an adventure to try and find your favorite brand if you don't want to make it yourself.