What comes to mind when you see the word Gochagaru?
At first glance, its name reminds us of Garurumon, a digital monster character from our favorite 90s cartoon, Digimon. However, Gochugaru is a different kind of “beast” — a flavorful chile pepper, a key ingredient in many favorite Korean foods.
Gochu means chile pepper and garu means powder. Our Crushed Gochugaru Chile is (no surprise!) made from red Korean chile peppers that are dried and ground into coarse flakes — yielding a sweet, sharp taste that is at once fruity and smoky.
The medium heat of Gochugaru chile (less than 10,000 on the Scoville “spiciness” scale) is just right for a wide range of recipes. Gochugaru is a must-have for Korean cuisine, including homemade kimchi, the famous Korean fermented cabbage dish. The chile is also a welcome addition to meaty chilis and stews, stir fry, and BBQ dishes.
The fruity smokiness of Gochugaru chiles is reminiscent of the heat and flavor of the Syrian Aleppo Pepper. Use Gochugaru in any dish where you’d normally include red pepper flakes or ground Cayenne — even in sauces, on vegetables or to homemade pickles!