go·​chu·​jang | \ ˈgō-ˈchü-ˈjäŋ How to pronounce gochujang (audio) \

Definition of gochujang

: a spicy paste used in Korean cuisine that is made from red chili peppers, glutinous rice, and fermented soybeans With Ms. Kim's encouragement, I made a version of her Korean bouillabaisse by sautéing kimchi with gochujang, soy sauce and fish sauce, then adding stock and a mix of shrimp, scallops and mussels. The gochujang added flavor and served as a thickener.— Jane Black Korean supermarkets, like H Mart in Manhattan, carry not only all manner of foods—like gochujang, three-layered pork belly, and Korean snacks—but also a range of practical (affordable) kitchen and home goods.— Lauren Ro

First Known Use of gochujang

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gochujang

borrowed from Korean kojujang, from koju "red pepper" + chang "paste made from soybean and other ingredients" (borrowed from a Middle Chinese antecedent of Beijing Chinese jiàng "soybean paste")

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