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ISO Korean chile powder

grayelf Oct 18, 2012 09:49 AM

I bought this for a while at a greengrocer on Broadway that is no more. It is quite mild but flavourful, maybe a bit smoky, a light brick red and crystallized looking rather than being a powder. Could be coarse gochugaru from brief online research, though that seems to be characterized as being quite hot whilst what I have isn't (though I suppose that is rather a subjective call). Anyone know where else I might find it in town? I still have some so I could bring it with me to show to the storekeeps...

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    À la carte RE: grayelf Oct 18, 2012 01:29 PM

    H Mart...

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    1. re: À la carte
      Jzone RE: À la carte Oct 18, 2012 03:03 PM

      +1 on H-Mart. They have quite a few varieties as well as course and fine grind. They also have a few different types of gochujang (korean chile paste). The two together are great for making your own kimchi, and in sauces and marinades for bibimbap etc.

      1. re: Jzone
        grayelf RE: Jzone Oct 18, 2012 05:15 PM

        Duh, not sure why I didn't think of H-Mart, especially seeing as I was just there last week [smacks forehead]. I've been using it to season my nachos, so very fusion of me :-). Thanks for the reminder.

        1. re: grayelf
          flowbee RE: grayelf Oct 18, 2012 07:01 PM

          virtually any korean supermarket has it

          1. re: flowbee
            grayelf RE: flowbee Oct 18, 2012 08:01 PM

            Are there others besides H Mart in Van proper you recommend, flowbee?

            1. re: grayelf
              Geoduckling RE: grayelf Oct 18, 2012 11:21 PM

              Kim's Mart on Broadway is another option. Parking in the back alley and homemade tofu (unfortunately of the dense variety)

              1. re: Geoduckling
                grayelf RE: Geoduckling Oct 19, 2012 06:35 PM

                That's a bit handier for me than H-Mart, Geoduckling, thanks.

                1. re: Geoduckling
                  delickwent RE: Geoduckling Oct 22, 2012 05:55 PM

                  Geoduckling --

                  They makes soft tofu, too. Comes in clear, round plastic tubs. You find them in the fridges though, not at the cash.

                  1. re: delickwent
                    Geoduckling RE: delickwent Oct 23, 2012 02:27 PM

                    Oh man.. Thanks for the tip. Perfect weather for some soondubu!

              2. re: flowbee
                flowbee RE: flowbee Oct 20, 2012 04:15 PM

                Yeah, I was gonna say Kim's Mart too. Otherwise koreatown (North Road and Lougheed Hwy). Or places like Hyundai Market on Kingsway near Tyne or Assi near Metrotown.

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