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Hi I decided to make kimchi tomorrow and I’m going to follow maangchi’s recipe but the problem is that here in Italy I can’t find Korean hot pepper flakes(not even gochujang). But I found Sambal Oelek instead…I googled it and saw that a lot of people use it to make kimchi…but I wanted to make the /real/ kimchi…
Is it a good substitute? The ingredients are:
red peppers (78%),water,salt and preservative.
Here’s a photo of that thing that I am talking about http://i40.tinypic.com/2ufarfo.jpg
Thank you!! :D
If that’s all you’re able to find – well, you gotta make do with what you have…
I’ve read that Sambal Oelek is good for adding spice without impacting the actual flavor of a dish, so it could be a decent substitute. I would be careful with the amount of salt you add to the dish since the Sambal Oelek already has salt in it.
If you choose to use the Sambal Oelek, let me (and other readers) know how it works. It’s always good to know about subs for whenever real ingredients aren’t available!
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