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Gochujang without corn syrup, fructose or glucose?

janel Dec 3, 2012 12:34 PM

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.


  1. k
    kareneliot Feb 17, 2014 08:22 PM

    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
      janel Feb 19, 2014 02:04 PM

      Thanks, looks good, but also pricey.

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      tweenietoes Dec 4, 2012 04:59 PM

      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
        janel Dec 5, 2012 11:02 AM

        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: tweenietoes
          JennaBean Dec 5, 2012 11:25 AM

          Can you share the brand name.

          1. re: JennaBean
            tweenietoes Dec 6, 2012 04:09 PM

            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

        2. mrsleny Dec 3, 2012 08:47 PM

          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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            JennaBean Dec 3, 2012 01:16 PM

            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.

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