Gochujang is a Korean red chili paste. It is a savoury, sweet, and spicy fermented sauce made from chili powder, rice, fermented soybean powder, and barley malt powder. Gochujang is often used to marinate stews or meat, such as bulgogi
Gochujang has a long history probably dating back to before the 10th century, when before the introduction of chili peppers, other pepper pastes were made, for example, out of black pepper.
The name "gochujang" derives from gochu
, which means "chili pepper" in Korean and jang
, which means "paste" in Korean.
The correct pronunciation of gochujang is koh-choo-jan(g)
In the first syllable of gochujang, the "g" is pronounced like a "k" and it is followed by an "o" that is pronounced with a closed "oh" sound. The "u" in the second syllable is pronounced like a long "o", which means it is pronounced with an "oo" sound. The last syllable in gochujang, -jan(g)
, is pronounced as it appears with the only difference that the final "g" is nearly completely silent.