Gochujang

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Gochujang or red chili paste is a savory, sweet, and spicy fermented condiment made from chili powder, glutinous rice, meju (fermented soybean) powder, yeotgireum (barley malt powder), and salt.

The sweetness comes from the starch of cooked glutinous rice, cultured with saccharifying enzymes during the fermentation process. Traditionally, it has been naturally fermented over years in jangdok (earthenware) on an elevated stone platform, called jangdokdae, in the backyard. Gochujang's primary ingredients are red chili powder, glutinous rice powder, powdered fermented soybeans, and salt. Korean chili peppers, of the species Capsicum annuum, are spicy yet sweet making them ideal for gochujang production.

The making of gochujang at home began tapering off when commercial production came into the mass market in the early 1970s. Now, most Koreans purchase gochujang at grocery stores or markets. It is still used extensively in Korean cooking to flavor stews, such as in gochujang jjigae; to marinate meat, such as in gochujang bulgogi; and as a condiment for naengmyeon and bibimbap.

Gochujang is also used as a base for making other condiments, such as chogochujang ) and ssamjang . Chogochujang is a variant of gochujang made by adding vinegar and other seasonings, such as sugar and sesame seeds. It is usually used as a sauce for hoe and hoedeopbap. Similarly, ssamjang is a mixture of mainly gochujang and doenjang, with chopped onions and other spicy seasonings, and it is popular with sangchussam
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  1. Which describe/s the taste of Gochujang?

  2. Where does the sweetness of Gochujang come from?

  3. Which statement is TRUE?

  4. What is used to ferment Gochujang?

  5. When did the making of Gochujangat home begin tapering off?

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  1. Do you use this condiment often? Why? Why not?

  2. What is the most popular condiment in your country?

  3. Have you heard about Gochujang? If so, where did you learn about it?

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    Vocabulary

      • large in size or amount : very full or complete
      • undergone the chemical breakdown by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms
      • type of rice that is especially sticky when cooked; it is called glutinous in the sense of being glue-like or sticky, and not in the sense of containing gluten.
      • an open space or covered building where vendors convene to sell their goods
      • (purchased) buy, avail
      • thick liquid served with food, usually savory dishes, to add moistness and flavor
      • tasty, delicious
      • flavored with or fragrant with spice
      • an odorless, tasteless white substance occurring widely in plant tissue and obtained chiefly from cereals and potatoes
      • something that is different in some way from others of the same kind

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