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Dec 3, 2012 12:34 PM

Gochujang without corn syrup, fructose or glucose?

I catered a dinner party recently and made mini Korean-style pulled chicken tacos as an app. I wanted to use gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) but couldn't find any that didn't contain fructose, glucose or corn syrup (sugar or honey is okay). I checked out PAT and T&T and walked away empty handed due to the ingredients.

Anyone know where I can find any (otherwise it seems like I may need to make it from scratch)? BTW, as a sub, I ended up using miso paste and sriracha sauce and the tacos were delicious.


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  1. I think you may be out of luck. I've never found one without corn syrup or fructose/glucose. If you do find some, please report back as I use it often in many dishes.

    1. You may have to make your own .... these sound simple but not sure how authentic they are. I may try it myself!

      This one is probably the most authentic but looks complicated and makes a lot.

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      1. re: mrsleny

        I'll have to keep an eye out for rice syrup next time I'm at a Korean shop. I have bought Korean barley malt flour - the aroma was much too grassy. I was expecting something that reminded me of malt powder.

      2. I was just looking for the same thing and I'm pretty sure I managed to find a bottle at galleria supermarket at yonge/steeles. It's still sitting in my pantry. Haven't used it yet.

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        1. re: tweenietoes

          Thanks! I'll look for it next time I go and report back.
          @mrsleny - If the Galleria doesn't have any, I'll probably end up making it myself too.

            1. re: JennaBean

              Ugh. I'm sorry, it does have corn syrup. I think my eyes just glazed over after picking up like 10 different bottles of gochujang and the nutritional info threw me off because it said 0 g of sugar, but that was just because the serving size was 1 tsp. anyway, will likely be at galleria again this weekend so i'll keep my eyes peeled

          1. Jansal Valley makes a good gochujang with no corn syrup and no wheat so it's also gluten free. I've only seen it on Amazon, but local grocers might be able to order it for you. Here's the Amazon link:

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            1. re: kareneliot

              Thanks, looks good, but also pricey.

            2. Those sugars break down in the fermentation process. You probably have great reasons for choosing the source of your sugar, but you may not know that the glycemic effect is gone by the time the fermentation is done. I cannot tolerate sugar and I avoid high fructose corn syrup because I have a reaction. Oddly, regular corn syrup does not affect me the same way.