Koreans know a thing or two about chili powder. They call theirs gochugaru. Gochu means chili; garu means powder. However, Korean dried chili comes in both powder and flakes. The medium-fine powder is most versatile, but I love, love, love the small but coarse red flakes. They taste a bit smoky and sparkle like crystals. So gorgeous! The spiciness of gochugaru can vary. “Maewoon” is hot, while “deolmaewoon” is less so. Try gochugaru in my Korean Tofu recipe. A close relative of gochugaru is gochujang, Korea’s signature chili paste. Slightly sweet and ultra-savoury, it is a combination of gochugaru and seasonings such onion, garlic, soy and anchovies. Storing spices, pg. 151 in 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets.
12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets
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Susan Sampson (a.k.a. The Fare Lady) is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer who lives in Toronto.