Finding actually spicy gochujang and gochugaru is like Russian Roulette.
While I've finally found a spicy gochujang (Haechandle Taeyangcho Gold - noses running as if we were eating Thai chilies), I have yet to find a spicy gochugaru that wasn't a gift from Korea. I have been holding on to this particular package of gochujang for years, in fear of newer packages not being as spicy.
Has anyone found a spicy gochugaru? If so, please share a photo and/or the brand info.
I feel like Korean food has little flavor anymore because most gochugaru is made in China now, and packaged in Korea - no heat whatsoever and bland, bland, bland!
(I can't afford the $99, 2.2 lb. bag on Ebay, either... plus I am not into taking such an expensive gamble - my luck would be that it arrives, and is bland anyway.)
For now, I'm sticking to SE Asian food for the heat I like.