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If you’re a fan of Korean gochujang, the spicy, sweet, savory, pungent paste that’s used so often in Korean cooking, you’re going to love yak-gochujang. It’s gochujang fried with beef, honey, sesame oil and pine nuts, and will totally knock your socks off!
Yak-gochujang looks simple, but it’s a very special dish. “Yak” means medicine in Korean, as the honey gives it medicinal powers that makes it good for your body. Because of its precious ingredients, and rich, refined flavors, it was historically considered a side dish for the upper classes.
Of course these days it’s enjoyed by a wider range of people. Personally I love pine nuts, so I use them generously in my recipe, but if you can’t find or don’t like pine nuts, then you can substitute peanuts, walnuts, or skip them. Also, you can use rice syrup or corn syrup instead of honey.
Once you make it, you can keep it in the fridge for a month. It’s great to have around because when you need a quick, delicious meal you can mix it with rice, put it in your lunchbox as a side dish, use it in lettuce wraps (ssam) or make quick little gimbap rolls like I do in this video. It’s very rich and strong and needs to be balanced with something a little more bland like cooked rice or noodles.
I also think it would make a nice gift for someone who loves spicy things!
I hope you enjoy the recipe, and if you try it out or give it as a gift, let me know how it goes in the comments!
Ingredients (makes 2 cups of yak-gochujang):
Posted Monday, January 6th, 2014 at 4:16 pm
Tagged: 밑반찬, 고추장, 고추장볶음, fried gochujang, fried hot pepper paste, 약고추장, Korean banchan, Korean cooking ingredients, korean food, Korean hot pepper paste, Korean red pepper paste, Korean sauce, korean side dish, korean side dishes, lunchbox side dish, Maangchi recipes, mitbanchan, vegetarian dish, yakgochujang
Originally posted on January 6, 2014 at 4:16 pm by Maangchi
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