Korean cooking ingredients

Hot pepper flakes

Gochugaru 고추가루

You can choose either mild or hot gochugaru. For some things I will use the less spicy flakes so I can use more, and make the dish redder!

Maewoon gochugaru” means very hot spicy hot pepper flakes and “Deolmaewoon gochugaru” means milder hot pepper flakes. Try to buy the ones that are made with sun-dried peppers, which will be labeled as 태양초 on the package. After opening a bag flakes, keep it in the freezer to maintain its freshness.

Deolmaewoon gochugaru

Buying hot pepper flakes can be difficult if you don’t read Korean because many Korean manufacturers will mislabel the product in English. But take a look at the product in the package if at all possible. Hot pepper flakes are always coarse and chunky.

Korean hot pepper flakes

This one is tricky because in English it says “Red Pepper Powder,”and underneath that it says “Piment” which is French for “red pepper” or “spice,” and then there’s another label that reads “Coarse.” But this is really a bag of hot pepper flakes. You can tell by looking at the big flakes through the transparent part of package. Red pepper powder is something different. They’re a lot finer and mainly used for making gochujang, so you need to be careful of what you’re buying.

Assi brand hot pepper flakes

Recipes that use hot pepper flakes (gochugaru):

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115 Comments:

  1. Ananta Germany My profile page joined 3/14
    Posted March 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm | # |

    Hi :)
    I want to ask if I can use this http://www.asia-markt-105.com/images/produkte/10805-ns-kimchi.jpg for making kimchi. I am not sure since it says powder
    Thank you

  2. Greg J. Michigan, USA My profile page joined 1/13
    Posted November 24th, 2013 at 3:05 pm | # |

    Hi! I looked at 2 local Korean grocery stores, but neither had “Deolmaewoon gochugaru.” I can pronounce Korean (without knowing the meaning), so I looked for it in Korean (덜매-anything 고추가구) as well as asked the Korean salespeople. Presumably that means I have to order it online. I couldn’t find any at Amazon or HMart.com. Do you know of a link to a small package from any online seller? Thanks!

  3. Crazy in kitchen Cambodia My profile page joined 8/13
    Posted August 9th, 2013 at 3:38 am | # |

    Hi,
    I’m a new fun ^^ i watched alot of you’re video. I really love it.
    Hmm…. I want to ask can i make my own hot pepper flakes? If can pls showe me how?

  4. Casey New Jersey My profile page joined 4/10
    Posted September 27th, 2012 at 8:49 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I was buying red pepper flakes today and noticed there is a HUGE difference in prices between brands. For the same size package, the price started at $3.99 and went all the way up to $64.99! Do you know why some brands are so much more expensive? I bought one for $8.99. 65 bucks is a bit out of my budget, lol.

    Thanks.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted August 9th, 2013 at 11:48 am | # |

      $64.99? It’s made of gold? : ) I usually buy taeyangcho (hot pepper flakes made from sun dried hot peppers).
      I don’t know which brand is good or not. I usually just pick some that are expensive. But I have never seen a package that costs $64.99! Choose flakes with a nice and bright red color.

  5. ephinyus United States My profile page joined 3/12
    Posted March 5th, 2012 at 2:36 pm | # |

    I wondered if this is the same type of hot pepper flakes? I found them on Amazon.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004W71CJU/ref=pe_175190_21431760_cs_sce_3p_dp_1_B

  6. eera94 kuala lumpur My profile page joined 12/11
    Posted December 16th, 2011 at 11:53 pm | # |

    hot pepper powder and chili powder….is it different????
    i already bought chili powder to make my kimchi…

  7. Victoriaa Canada My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted August 28th, 2011 at 11:33 am | # |

    Hello! I just have a quick question, I had bought red pepper powder earlier this year and the expiry date hasn’t come yet, but the powder is beginning to form big soft clumps. Is it still usable or is it bad?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted August 28th, 2011 at 12:21 pm | # |

      Without seeing it, I don’t think I can tell you the answer but as long as it doesn’t have mold or the color hasn’t gone orange, I think it will be ok to use it. Keep it in the freezer.

  8. nrebz Philippines My profile page joined 8/11
    Posted August 20th, 2011 at 10:28 pm | # |

    hi… can i ask where i can buy hot pepper flakes.. i’m from Philippines. Even in online shopping does not have :(.. hope you can help me.. thanks

  9. seraph74 Sydney, Australia My profile page joined 5/11
    Posted June 12th, 2011 at 3:17 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I was sooooo excited to finally find some of these hot pepper flakes in a local Asian grocery store. They had the ones that are picured in your second picture, the ones that are labelled “red pepper powder – coarse”. My question to you is whether or not these are the hot spicy red pepper powder, or the less spicy pepper powder. Can you clarify, please? I’m hoping for hot spicy, as I’m particularly fond of hot/spicy food, but if these are the less spicy, then I’ll know to use more of them to satisfy my desire for spice!

    Thanks,
    seraph74

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 12th, 2011 at 10:34 am | # |

      The second photo doesn’t say spicy or less spicy.
      You may find Korean words on the package like this, but not always.
      매운 고추가루: spicy hot pepper flakes
      덜매운 고추가루: less spicy hot pepper flakes

      매운means spicy and it is pronounced “Mae Woon”
      덜매운means less spicy and it is pronounced “Deol Mae Woon”

      Hope this helps! Buy coarse hot pepper flakes.

  10. cookkimchi My profile page joined 5/11
    Posted May 19th, 2011 at 8:39 pm | # |

    What about your last picture? Is that hot or less hot? I keep finding packages that have the four characters on the right, but not the two or three on the left — they have altogether different characters on the left

  11. San Germany My profile page joined 6/10
    Posted April 24th, 2011 at 9:16 am | # |

    Hi, if you can’t get the korean version at the asia store in Germany, because they don’t have it or the last bag is expired (which happened to me yesterday *sigh*) you can use “Chillies Flocken” from Fuchs. They work fine combined with normal Paprika edelsüß. But since one 60g package of the Flocken costs 2,79€ it’s just advisable if you are in a pinch.
    AND you only need half the amount of what Maangchi’s recipe calls for. I used the “mixture” for Emergency Kimchi with half a 1/3 cup of Flocken/Paprika and it was spicy.

  12. KillDeer Hamilton, Ontario My profile page joined 9/10
    Posted December 27th, 2010 at 10:07 am | # |

    The hot pepper flakes I got figured out. My problem is what type of fresh hot peppers do I buy? I’ve been getting these ones called “Finger Peppers” because they look similar to the ones used in Korean cooking. They are green at the store and if you wait a few days they turn red. But they are crazy spicy and I cannot handle more than the tiniest piece! Is this the right pepper and I’m just (as the Japanese would say) baka gaijin?

  13. RuthLindo Philippines My profile page joined 12/10
    Posted December 27th, 2010 at 6:05 am | # |

    Mama Maangchi, i forgot to buy a pack of hot pepper flakes recently.. I traveled 2 hours just to get to the Korean store in the city (i’m living in a town province). Since, i’m already at home (lol!), should i just use/buy a hot pepper powder instead? Well, i’m not really sure as sure if there’s really a hot pepper powder in the market hahaha! Maybe the hot pepper flakes and the hot pepper powder are just the same… I HOPE~! n_n sorry for my horrible english grammar.. XDD

    • aiz philippines My profile page joined 1/11
      Posted February 28th, 2011 at 9:05 pm | # |

      hi ruth,whats your location here in the philippines?

      • sunnyshine philippines My profile page joined 5/11
        Posted May 24th, 2011 at 8:21 pm | # |

        hi ms.aiz i am also looking for a korean chili pepper… hope you can help me… my place is in antipolo… thanx a lot :)

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 25th, 2011 at 5:19 am | # |

      yes, you can use either hot pepper flakes or hot pepper powder.

  14. sassygirlsujung My profile page joined 7/10
    Posted October 11th, 2010 at 2:08 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I have the one on the last picture… It suppose to be red,right? The one I got was blackish.. Is it still good to use in kimchi? Thanks and more power.

    Bianca

  15. unchienne Georgia, USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 10/08
    Posted October 1st, 2010 at 10:33 am | # |

    I’ve tried the ones labeled “hot” but find them pretty mild as well. The best I had was a package my grandmother sent us from Korea one year, but I think it was homemade (sent over in ziplocks). Super hot and super tasty. Grandmom’s over a hundred now, so I don’t think she makes it anymore.

  16. laniekay Richmond, Virginia, USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/09
    Posted September 27th, 2010 at 10:17 pm | # |

    I have used the brand of hot pepper flakes in the bottom photo, as well as another brand that is not pictured. I use a TON of flakes in my kimchi (the maximum that Maangchi lists in her recipe, plus 1/2 cup!), yet do not find it very hot. I typically add Sriracha sauce before I eat it.

    While I do love spicy food, I do not think I have abnormal tolerance for spiciness. Do you think my hot pepper flakes are expired? Do they lose their heat over time? I have heard that toasting spices in a pan before using them can restore some flavor. Would this help?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 28th, 2010 at 12:53 am | # |

      lol, you seem to love suicidal level of spiciness! Actually there are 2 types of hot pepper flakes sold at a store: mild hot pepper flakes and spicy hot pepper flakes. Mild version? You may be wondering, but ask the sales person to help you.
      You can say, I want to get very very spicy hot pepper flakes!

      Maewoon gochugaru (매운 고추가루): spicy hot pepper flakes
      Deol Maewoon gochugaru(덜매운 고추가루): less spicy hot pepper flakes

      In this page, the first photo of hot pepper flakes says, 덜매운 고추가루 which means less spicy hot pepper flakes.

      • laniekay Richmond, Virginia, USA My profile page I'm a fan! joined 9/09
        Posted September 28th, 2010 at 10:54 pm | # |

        Thank you! I have copied down the characters and their meanings on an index card, and I’m going to the Asian grocery tomorrow to see if I can find hot ones.

        If I can’t, I will try asking the owners, who are very nice, but do not speak much English. Sometimes I think I overwhelm them when I ask questions, so I try to figure things out on my own. Thanks so much for your help!

  17. done France My profile page joined 8/10
    Posted September 11th, 2010 at 11:43 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi!

    Do you know from which hot pepper it is?
    I used the ones I have home… and even if it wasn’t much, my kimchi was really spicy!! I can’t really eat it since it’s too hot! D:

    I asked my mother and it turns to be a pepper from Thailand, known to be very very very hot(named Khi Nu).

    I have medium hot pepper powder too (no flakes) and I was wondering, if I can mix them… What do you think?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 28th, 2010 at 12:55 am | # |
      • done France My profile page joined 8/10
        Posted January 30th, 2011 at 7:18 pm | # |

        Hi Maangchi!
        Sorry for coming so late to comment!
        Thank you for your kind reply.
        Next time, I’ll try a korean brand.
        When I made it, it was really really spicy, almost burning my lips.
        Now that my kimchi is… older(?), it tastes better.
        I decided to had some vegetables little by little (like cabbage, carrot etc…). I think it might have helped to smooth the taste.
        But, it’s still spicy…
        I’ll try to cook it instead of eating it like this!

        Thank you!

  18. Multiexponential Malaysia My profile page joined 8/10
    Posted August 20th, 2010 at 11:15 am | # |

    Is it possible to get This in any other places? I couldn’t start making my kimchi without this! HELP =(

  19. wernlyn My profile page joined 7/10
    Posted July 19th, 2010 at 8:46 am | # |

    can i blend my dry chilis and make this?

  20. babykidzli My profile page joined 7/10
    Posted July 13th, 2010 at 5:50 am | # |

    this hot pepper looks lik the chili powder >.< but is not chili powder?

  21. babykidzli My profile page joined 7/10
    Posted July 13th, 2010 at 4:38 am | # |

    hi.. can anyone tell me where can i get hot pepper flakes in melaka, malaysia? i try to find even in jusco melaka but onli have chili powder >.< i'm in love with kimchi hope anyone can let me know

  22. LisaL USA My profile page joined 9/09
    Posted June 6th, 2010 at 5:02 pm | # |

    Ah I should’ve looked at this before I asked my question on the boards heh.
    I know what the fine powder looks like, but never noticed the larger chunks before.
    My husband bought me some of the coarse powder and sure enough, it’s the correct stuff :)
    Now I’ll know what to look for next time I need more :D

  23. florencia
    Posted November 17th, 2009 at 7:11 am | # |

    i like your recipe very much. i will try to make it. God bless you.. Baxia

  24. Jeanine
    Posted October 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm | # |

    Hi!! Just made some turnip kimchi and it came out tasty (but of course, not like my momma’s!). Unfortunately, there was an “off” taste, though. Could my pepper flakes have gone bad? I can’t read Korean, so I couldn’t find an expiration date on the bag. The bag was 2 years old, though. :o) Love Love Love your website and I refer all my friends to it via Twitter and Facebook!

  25. han ngoc
    Posted October 25th, 2009 at 10:39 pm | # |

    hi!!:D i finish the kimchi && it looking great but it not that spicy at all, so i was wondering if i can wait till it fermenting and then add more hot pepper powder to it (the one that u use) cuz i try this different one and it not that good

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted October 26th, 2009 at 12:11 am | # |

      If you like to add more hot pepper flakes, you will have to add it before your kimchi starts fermenting.

  26. Ikoma
    Posted October 21st, 2009 at 12:16 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi. im havnig alot of trouble finding the hot red pepper flakes.. so was wandering if you know what the “pepper” is called what fruit or vegetable the pepper flakes are made from ? if i knew that i could make some my self instead of using endless time on looking for the pepper flakes in shops and online stores because iv been allmost all over the place now and still cant find it >_<

    thanks : )

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted October 21st, 2009 at 3:51 pm | # |

      I’m sorry to hear that you have trouble with finding hot pepper flakes that I use.

      You can get it at a Korean grocery store. Where are you living? Have you checked the “where do you buy Korean ingredients” section on the forum on my website?
      http://www.maangchi.com/talk/topic/where-do-you-buy-your-korean-ingredients

      • Ikoma
        Posted October 21st, 2009 at 5:42 pm | # |

        hey maangchi thanks for your reply yes i have been on that thread but no luck : ( i live in denmark.. do you know what i maybe could use as an alternative for the pepper flakes ?

  27. D
    Posted September 25th, 2009 at 11:04 pm | # |

    Maangchi: I hope I’m not asking a question already answered. Red pepper powder and hot pepper powder. Is it the same or different? Looks the same to me, but I’m not sure if there is a difference.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted September 26th, 2009 at 6:34 am | # |

      As long as you see the products at a Korean grocery store, I’m sure they are the same.

  28. Anonymous
    Posted September 4th, 2009 at 3:19 am | # |

    hi~
    I wonder where can i find the hot pepper flakes?
    Do they only sell them in korean market?

  29. Daisy
    Posted August 23rd, 2009 at 4:21 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    I was wondering if you have any suggestions on storing hot pepper flakes? Is it better to store it in the pantry or in the fridge? I’m not Korean so, I don’t use it all the time. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  30. Toon
    Posted July 28th, 2009 at 2:32 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi!

    Thank you for teaching us recipes!
    I tried to make kimchi, but it wen´t wrong, coz I used pepper power instead of flackes T.T
    Ohh.. and it´s not easy to wash the cabbage.. if we just pour water, it won´t come clean =S

    Maangchi, have you watched korean programm called “Family Outing?” they make dinner and breakfast, and few recipes look good as yours
    They made potato pancake, which I tried to made, and it turn delicious!
    Maybe you can find some inspiration watching the program!!
    Thank you once again!

  31. Jill
    Posted June 30th, 2009 at 11:47 am | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    I’m making “Cold Spicy Celery” from the Epicurious.com website. One ingredient (the one I don’t have!) is “1/2 teaspoon Korean chile flakes.” Is the taste of Korean chile flakes different from that of the red pepper flakes you buy in an American supermarket? I’d hate to have to buy (and search for) the item as written and then have so much left over! I live in NYC so it’s not hard to find, if absolutely necessary. Please advise!

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 30th, 2009 at 5:00 pm | # |

      I think korean chili flakes in the recipe is the same as the hotpepper flakes that I use. Go to a Korean grocery store and get hot pepper flakes (gochu garu in Korean)

  32. Carol
    Posted June 23rd, 2009 at 10:52 pm | # |

    hello Maangchi, I love your website. Uhm… I’m not sure if I can find the hot pepper flakes, so I wanted to ask if it is possible to make it myself

  33. Marie
    Posted June 12th, 2009 at 4:10 pm | # |

    i went out and bought crused red pepper at the korean grocery market today..is that the same thing as red pepper flakes?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted June 12th, 2009 at 5:01 pm | # |

      yes, I think you got right hot pepper flakes as long as you bought it at a Korean grocery store. I sometimes find translation is a little awkward.

  34. Ferry
    Posted June 3rd, 2009 at 6:41 pm | # |

    You are owesome!!!!

  35. Jessica
    Posted May 27th, 2009 at 9:41 pm | # |

    Hi!
    I tried making “oisobagi” today, but instead i used chilli powder
    and it turned out REALLY spicy.
    is chilli powder really different than the korean hot pepper flakes?
    or did I use too much powder?

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 28th, 2009 at 7:32 am | # |

      I’ve never used chili powder, so I can’t give you right answer.
      However, I’ve recently heard that chili powder is different from hot pepper flakes. Yeah, if you can’t get hot pepper flakes, use less amount of chili powder next time you make your kimchi then.

      • sirdanilot
        Posted October 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 am | # |

        Yes that’s right. I put less than half a cup of chili powder in my kim chi and it was alredy quite spicy! While it takes like 4 cups of korean hot pepper flakes. I thought it would be my personal taste (koreans like spicy!), but I think it’s because of the ingredient.

        My kimchi seems to taste pretty good so I think that it’s not really a problem. But maybe I will get in the neighbourhood of the Korean store in Rotterdam next week so I can buy the real thing.

  36. annay
    Posted May 23rd, 2009 at 1:29 pm | # |

    hi maangchi,
    is there a substitution for hot pepper powder? i read somwhere that cayenne pepper can be used. would that work, or would it just ruin the dish?

  37. Jasmine Tan
    Posted May 14th, 2009 at 2:00 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi – should I use red pepper with salt or without? I saw that some came mixed with salt.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted May 14th, 2009 at 5:59 pm | # |

      I don’t understand your question. Hot pepper flakes are just hot peppers ground. It is not supposed to be salty.

  38. sophie
    Posted April 25th, 2009 at 4:51 am | # |

    Hello maangchi, i love your site and i try the egg side dishes. now im planning to cook Ginseng chicken soup. thank you… and God Bless.

    • Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
      Posted April 25th, 2009 at 7:19 am | # |

      Thank you for your update! I hope you read this before making your ginseng chicken soup. If you are not accustomed to ginseng taste, I suggest using one root for each serving. 2 may be too strong for you.

  39. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 3:32 pm | # |

    mingrae0527,
    Even if you use it lesser, the flavor of hot pepper flakes will not be changed.

  40. mingrae0527
    Posted March 8th, 2009 at 2:17 pm | # |

    if i happen to have bought the spicy ones what can i do to make the dish (let’s say cucumber kimchi) less spicy? if i use amount lesser would the flavor change? thank you

  41. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted December 31st, 2008 at 8:52 pm | # |

    June,
    Why not! Try it out! : )
    Happy New Year!

  42. June
    Posted December 31st, 2008 at 8:48 pm | # |

    HI Maangchi

    Many thanks for your recipe. I am officially addicted to kimchi. I am thinking of making it but I cannot find hot pepper powder. I have have crushed chilli flakes. Can I use them instead?

  43. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted December 23rd, 2008 at 12:40 am | # |

    Indri,
    I think it’ll be ok unless the red chili is too spicy.

  44. Indri
    Posted December 22nd, 2008 at 10:20 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Instead of hot pepper flakes, can I substitute it with dried red chili? I stayed in Indonesia, we have two types of red chili, one is smaller and thinner, another is longer ones, but not as big as in western countries.

  45. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted December 21st, 2008 at 8:20 am | # |

    Sarah,
    You can use either hot pepper flakes or hot pepper powder. I use hot pepper flakes.

    • Rosa
      Posted May 31st, 2009 at 11:16 am | # |

      Hi, haha I’m like stalking you today, all over your website ><.

      What’s the difference between the flakes and powder? Besides the texture, I mean. I asked my mom and she said that if you use the powder in soups, it makes it more grainy tasting or something? But I think it makes the soup more opaque and stronger tasting than if you use flakes…? (Hopefully this question made sense).

  46. Sarah
    Posted December 20th, 2008 at 11:49 pm | # |

    Hi! I want to make your soon doo boo recipe. When I went to the Korean grocery store, I saw two types – the chilli flakes and the more finely ground chilli powder.

    I forgot which one you use, so I told them I want to make soon doo boo. They said I should buy the chilli powder. Now I see that you’re using the flakes and not the powder. Are they the same? Or should I go back and buy the flakes?

    Thank you!!

  47. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted December 11th, 2008 at 3:53 pm | # |

    Rhonda,
    oh, really? I don’t think they add MSG in hotpepper flakes. No need to make it tasty.
    Don’t worry about it and use it in your kimchi. It will be ok. I’m sensitive to MSG, too, but no problem for using hot pepper flakes.

  48. Rhonda
    Posted December 11th, 2008 at 3:46 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi! I just got back from the Korean store, where I had bought a whole bunch of ingredients, mainly for kimchi, along with it hot pepper flakes.

    In looking at the different brands, I did notice most of them add ‘salt’ to the pepper flakes, including the brand in your photo. I did find one that did not and chose that, because sometimes the word ‘salt’ is used in place of MSG, which I’m sensitive to. Have you noticed this, and if so, will that change the taste of my paste?

    Thank you!!!

  49. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted November 22nd, 2008 at 10:25 pm | # |

    Agasuka,
    Hi,there! Long time! : )
    Yes, of course you can use the photo of hot pepper flakes. I would appreciate it if you linked to me.
    Be sure to tell your blog readers that there are more different brand names for hot pepper flakes.

  50. Agasuka
    Posted November 22nd, 2008 at 9:39 pm | # |

    Hello Maangchi,
    Is is ok if I use this gochugaru picture on my blog please?

  51. Anonymous
    Posted October 27th, 2008 at 9:04 pm | # |

    can i use “ground red pepper” instead??

  52. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted October 11th, 2008 at 12:26 pm | # |

    Anonymous,
    I’m not sure the hot pepper flakes you mention is good for kimchi or not. You should ask this question on the forum on my website.

  53. Anonymous
    Posted October 11th, 2008 at 10:58 am | # |

    Anayong haseyo Maangchi!!

    i love spicy food but i have only one Asian supermaket in my city where i can find every korean product but there is only Indian hot pepper flakes
    can i use that is korean food and indian are similar?

  54. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 5:17 pm | # |

    Lucinda,
    I keep it in the freezer after opening. How long do I keep it? You can keep it in the freezer for months as long as you seal it tightly before putting it in the freezer.

  55. Lucinda
    Posted September 29th, 2008 at 12:08 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,
    How do you store the hot pepper flakes after you open the bag? How long can you keep it for? Thanks!

  56. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted September 26th, 2008 at 10:39 am | # |

    Mari,
    Yes, it’s the same. I think chili powder is different from hot pepper flakes or powder. Ask the question to others in forum.

  57. Mari
    Posted September 26th, 2008 at 10:03 am | # |

    maaangchi,question i bought gochugaro in flake form. is the powdered form called the same?
    so from all the question above, the recipes that call for chili powder can i substitute the chili flakes?
    do i add less of it or the same amount as the recipe with the chili powder? thanks :)

  58. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted September 3rd, 2008 at 10:25 pm | # |

    Anonymous,
    Yes, you can use hot pepper flakes for Yukgaejang. Don’t forget to mix it with oil before adding it to the soup. Actually you are supposed to make “hotpepper oil” by heating the mixture of vegetable oil and hot pepper flakes or powder in a pan. It’s called “gochu kierum” in Korean, but I skipped the process and mixed oil and hot pepper flakes to make it simple.

  59. Anonymous
    Posted September 3rd, 2008 at 7:55 pm | # |

    hey maangchi!
    as i was watching your video for yuk gae jang, i noticed that you used hot pepper powder to mix in with the vegetables. i have hot pepper flakes, can i use that? are powder and flakes relatively the same for the soup or would i have to get the hot pepper powder?
    Thanks. =)

  60. nesrin
    Posted August 31st, 2008 at 11:47 am | # |

    thanks for the quick reply! i’ll try to make my first kimchi and i will let you know…but i hope i can find the perfect ingredients here in UAE soon..

  61. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted August 30th, 2008 at 10:41 am | # |

    nesrin,
    I don’t know what the hot chili powder tastes like. Why don’t you use it then if you can’t find any Korean grocery store there.

    • marie
      Posted May 2nd, 2009 at 4:06 pm | # |

      using hot chili powder will make your kimchi taste like a spicy cabbage taco, says my husband. I did not realize there was a difference between red pepper and chili podwer. So I used chili powder, thus the mexican kimchi was born.

  62. nesrin
    Posted August 29th, 2008 at 2:10 pm | # |

    hello maangchi…i cant find hot pepper flakes here in abu dhabi, uae. can i use the hot chilli powder instead in making kimchi?

  63. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted July 23rd, 2008 at 6:50 pm | # |

    raddie,
    Even though it’s expensive there, you should use hot pepper flakes. It’s your authentic kimchi! I have never used paprika in kimchi.

  64. raddie
    Posted July 23rd, 2008 at 9:06 am | # |

    maangchii…hot pepper flakes are damn expensive in germany…what do you think if i use dried paprika flakes instead??

  65. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 20th, 2008 at 3:27 pm | # |

    Anonymous,
    Yes, you can use hot pepper powder (dried chily pepper powder)
    Check out my written recipe before making it.
    Thanks,

  66. Anonymous
    Posted June 19th, 2008 at 11:13 pm | # |

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can i just use chili pepper powder in this recipe? is it taste same as using hot pepper flakes? this Soon du bu jjigae look delicious..

  67. Anonymous
    Posted June 11th, 2008 at 12:31 pm | # |

    Hi again, Maangchi,
    No, the mistake was mine. You didn’t say “powder” in the video, I just wasn’t listening closely. Thank you for your responses! :)

    Lucy

  68. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 10th, 2008 at 6:24 pm | # |

    Lucy,
    I’m sorry I did not realize I said “hot pepper powder” in the video. Anyway, as you say, even if I used hot pepper powder, it wouldn’t be matter, which means you can use either hot pepper flakes or powder for any korean dish. Not much difference!

  69. Anonymous
    Posted June 10th, 2008 at 9:37 am | # |

    Hi, Maangchi,

    I was surprised to hear that you use pepper flakes, not powder, for kimchi, because even though you said so in your kimchi recipe, I wasn’t sure you meant it. I never noticed flakes in the store, so I bought powder. I have used some to make ddeokbogi, which was yummy. Can I still use red pepper powder to make kimchi, or would that be a mistake?

    Thanks for your answer on the Asian Chives thread, too.

    Lucy

  70. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted June 9th, 2008 at 7:50 pm | # |

    Sandy,
    Yes, you are right. The hot pepper powder you saw is usually used to make hot pepper paste or hot sauce, and hot pepper flakes are for usual korean food such as kimchi making.
    I use hot pepper flakes. My favorite brand names are “tae yang cho” or “Wang pyo”

  71. Sandy
    Posted June 9th, 2008 at 2:34 pm | # |

    Are the pepper flakes multipurpose or are some types better for specific foods? I’ve noticed that in the hot pepper section of our local market, there are some bags that have very finely chopped (almost a powder-like consistency) peppers, some rough cut, others medium, etc… Also, the colors vary, with some being a bright red and others almost a brick or red-brown color.

  72. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted May 30th, 2008 at 11:31 pm | # |

    Hi,
    Most hotpepper flakes I use in Korean dishes is sold at a Korean grocery store. It’s different from the coarse hot pepper flakes served at Pizza Hut.

  73. Anonymous
    Posted May 30th, 2008 at 6:02 am | # |

    Hi maangchi! i loved your videos and i have a question.
    does hot pepper flakes the same as the pizza hut flakes the give you in a small packet as the cheese ones? Please HELP MI!!!

  74. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted May 13th, 2008 at 10:16 pm | # |

    dianna,
    Thank you for liking my recipes.
    For soon du bu, I would not use hot pepper paste because hot pepper paste has its own strong flavor that may ruin the taste of soondubu.

  75. Dianna
    Posted May 12th, 2008 at 5:29 pm | # |

    hi Maangchi,

    love the site and all the recipes! my friends and i are all addicted to your blog. i was wondering, can i substitute hot pepper paste for hot pepper flakes in your soon du bu jigae recipe? and if so, how much should i use? thank you!!

  76. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted April 23rd, 2008 at 6:07 am | # |

    Hi,
    You can use any pot. I sometimes use my stainless pot.

  77. Anonymous
    Posted April 23rd, 2008 at 3:27 am | # |

    The Soup looks delicious i will try cooking it over the weekends. Just 1 question, do i need to use the same pot as you used in your video or can i use the any other pot? Please advice.
    Thanks

  78. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted April 7th, 2008 at 6:02 am | # |

    anonymous,
    Brand name does not matter actually.

  79. Anonymous
    Posted April 6th, 2008 at 10:08 pm | # |

    Hi,

    Does brand matters? Do we need to get a particular brand of pepper in order to achieve that special taste?

  80. Maangchi New York City My profile page joined 8/08
    Posted March 3rd, 2008 at 10:25 pm | # |

    Sure, why not?

    Spicy hot pepper flakes:
    매운맛 고춧가루

    Less spicy hot pepper flakes:
    덜매운맛 고춧가루

  81. Anonymous
    Posted March 2nd, 2008 at 10:02 pm | # |

    Hello,

    Thank you for the pictures! Do you think you could write out the korean characters for very spicy and less spicy for these hot pepper flakes? When I try to pronounce them, no one understands me so if you could write them out, i could bring it with me to the market and try to look for the ones that match.

    Thank you and you rock!!


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