Kochujang (gochujang) Substitute

If you can not get Kochujang (gochujang) in your area you can make a substitute chilli/chile paste that, while it will not taste the same, can be used with acceptable results.
NOTE: This is not the Korean sauce (Ssamjang) that is served with lettuce wraps or Bibimbap. This recipe could be an ingredient for Ssamjang. For a Ssamjang recipe please click here.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

1

tablespoon

soybean paste or miso (can be omitted if unavailable – but will change the taste)

3

tablespoons

finely ground red chile pepper

1

teaspoon

sugar

3

each

cloves pressed or minced garlic

1

teaspoon

soy sauce

1

teaspoon

Korean rice wine or a cooking wine

1

teaspoon

pure roasted sesame seed oil

water as needed

 

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Procedure

Directions

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except the sesame oil, adding just enough water to form a thick paste.

Allow to sit at room temperature for at least one half hour.

Add sesame oil (and a little more water if needed), mix well and let sit another ten minutes.

Refrigerate until use.

Author Notes

After sitting, you may need to add a small amount of water to regain the paste consistency.