Fermented soy bean powder is used to make gochujang. Look for it in the beans and grains section, usually next to barley malt powder,

Fermented soybean powder

Fermented soybean powder

Recipes that use fermented soybean flour (mejugaru):


  1. Nari_95 Sweden joined 2/20 & has 3 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    Can I use any other floor beside the fermented soy bean?, because I can’t find it in any Asian stores here in Sweden and on amazon they don’t ship:(

  2. mha United States joined 12/19 & has 1 comment

    Should this be stored in the freezer? How long does it keep? Thanks Maanchi!

  3. bunraf joined 6/15 & has 7 comments

    It’s hard to find it here in Indonesia.. I’m trying to open a one stop korean food store online and offline, and I’m thinking of add tteokboki to the menu. I Sold kimchi and it succeed. But the problem with me is I want to make everything from scratch.. Even with the gochujang, but I think it’s too hard because I can’t find some of the ingredients..

  4. Justyna Belgium joined 4/18 & has 1 comment

    Hello i would like to try some korean recipes including gochujang but impossible for me to find the fermented soybean flour even on Internet :-( they don’t send to Belgium…
    Would it work with plain soy flour?

  5. Shikin Singapore joined 2/17 & has 15 comments

    Hi maangchi regarding the mejugaru, is there many different brand out there? Can I just buy anyone as long it written mejugaru?

  6. MissyD North Carolina joined 7/17 & has 5 comments

    Hi Ms Maangchi! I am interested in making my own gochujang – the link you have to the Amazon.com product – it shows only as “soybean powder” – is this the same as the fermented soybean powder I need for your gochujang recipe? Thanks!

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,045 comments

      You mean this product? http://amzn.to/2x41XoE
      If, so, yes that’s meju-garu (fermented soybean powder). Good luck!

      • MissyD North Carolina joined 7/17 & has 5 comments

        Yassss!! That is great news and thank you for confirming! I did some recon the last time I was at the asian grocery store (about an hour away), and they seem to have all the ingredients to make gochujang except for the fermented soy bean powder. I will get this from your amazon link. I need to carefully plan out my next shopping trip with your recipe and ingredient list so I don’t forget anything on my next visit. They even have different sizes of onggi available to purchase!

  7. Dalbunosky San Francisco joined 5/13 & has 2 comments

    Hi Maangchi,

    I’m thinking about brewing my own soy sauce/bean paste.
    Is Mejugaru a powdered form of the bean blocks used in making soy sauce and bean paste?

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