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Gochujang (fermented hot pepper paste) uses?

gmm Jun 14, 2012 11:50 PM

My mother picked up a fairly large jar of this at a local Asian market a while ago. She had a mild stroke and doesn't do any cooking anymore, and I don't have any idea what she intended to use it for. It looks like it's mainly used as a condiment, but does it have any other uses? Can it be used to make kimchee, or is it too sweet? I haven't opened the jar yet, so I don't know what it tastes like.

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    nonnapn RE: gmm Jun 15, 2012 02:11 AM

    Hi, I love this stuff and yes, it is used mostly as a condiment. Very spicy and tasty. I like putting a dollop on rice and wrapping that in a lettuce leaf -- like a mini sushi. I'm vegetarian but if you eat meat, you can put some grilled meat with the rice before you wrap them all up in the lettuce. You can also mix it in with a bowl of rice, have some julienned scrambled eggs, slivers of cucumber, carrots, spinach --mix it all up and that's just like eating bibimbap! Haven't tried cooking with it but maybe you could use it as a rub -- for grilling pork or beef? Enjoy! It can be addictive hahaha!

    1. lilham RE: gmm Jun 15, 2012 02:18 AM

      I use it to make quick stir fried rice or noodles. For fried rice you add it when you are frying your aromatics. The noodles I make is from

      http://justbento.com/bento-no-3-spicy...

      The same blog has quite a few recipes using this paste. I've made this potato

      http://www.justhungry.com/new-potatoe...

      and this burger
      http://justbento.com/handbook/recipe-...

      1. ipsedixit RE: gmm Jun 15, 2012 07:34 AM

        Lots of good suggestions here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794885

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