If you’ve ever tasted real, authentic Korean faire, have you ever asked yourself, “What makes Korean food just so damn delicious?” The secret in Korean cooking is their condiments, which they use in all cuisines. When I first tried Korean food I was in condos for rent in canmore alberta, and it was drool worthy, but it wasn’t until I visited Korea and tasted their authentic food that I fell in love.
Below are some of the most popular condiments used in Korean cooking:
Gochujang: This is probably the most famous and popular condiment used in Korean cooking. It makes foods spicier and sweeter. The main ingredients are chilli powder, glutinous rice powder, salt, and fermented soy beans. This sauce is used in Bibimbap and Tteokbokki dishes, as well as anything that requires red sauce. A lot of Koreans like to mix Gochujang together with Mayonnaise, and use it for a dip for calamari or fried Korean squid.
Doenjang: This is a thick Korean past which is made from dried, crushed, fermented soy beans. It’s packed with vitamins and anti-carcinogenic elements. When many Koreans are feeling sick, they’ll add Doenjang to soup broths to increase healing. Koreans sometimes even add anchovies to enhance the savoury flavour of the sauce. It’s a raw paste and is great to flavour vegetables, meats, and fish.
Cheonggukjang: is a paste which has been fermented for a short time by healthy bacteria. It’s used to make many of the Korean stews such as Cheonggukjan Jiigae. Dissolve it in the broth, and simmer potatoes, onions, tofu, and veggies. If you have a nauseous tummy or any digestive problems it’s important to consume this paste. Koreans believe it will help aid digestive problems, so much so you can even pop Cheonggukjang pills to help with digestion.
Ganjang: is a soy sauce made in Korea, and used in many of the sauces or seasonings for dishes. When soy beans ferment to make soy sauce they produce two different products; a darker liquid and a lighter one. The darker part is known as Ganjang. You can make many things using Ganjang as your base, simply put together Ganjang, chilli powder and vinegar for an incredible dipping sauce.