2016 is going to be the year where we will all be squirting and spooning gochujang, or Korean chili paste, on our fried rice, hot dogs and what not. It’s like ketchup with an umami note, a bit of sweetness, and extra heat. A number of brands are available but I’ve found the taste difference to be subtle, also like American ketchup.
We keep a tub of Sempio in the refrigerator for cooking, and a squeeze bottle of an unknown brand for use as a condiment. I haven’t tried Chun Jung One but it’s the top seller on Amazon. You might want to check the ingredient list before you order; Sempio lists fermented rice paste as first ingredient, and also contains koji, while Chun Jung One advertises itself as gluten free. UPDATE: it has been called to my attention that Chun Jung One lists corn syrup as its top ingredient… not what we are looking for.