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Whether you're a Korean cuisine aficionado or a total noob, Korean red pepper paste is the new go-to condiment when your food needs a spicy kick!

Oh, sriracha. How we loved thee! But, as with most trends, a newer, exciting thing was bound to come along. And that thing is gochujang.

Gochujang is a hot red pepper paste made from red chilies, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt and is used often in Korean cooking. It’s basically a spicy miso paste, and you’ll notice some similarities in how you can use it. And by that, I mean that you can use it for pretty much everything—and it’ll bring that umami, savory deliciousness with the added bonus of spicy heat.

Bring it on.

 

1. Korean BBQ Kimchi Quesadillas

Korean BBQ Kimchi Quesadillas

I really love kimchi. It has a crispy texture that tends to really change a dish. These Korean BBQ-inspired quesadillas use a sauce of mayonnaise, gochujang and soy sauce to liven things up a little.

 

2. Bulgogi Cheesesteak

Bulgogi Cheesesteak

If you’re like me, you’ve never understood what bulgogi is (unless maybe you Googled it just now). Since I’ve already done the legwork, let me fill you in. It’s a type of marinated beef barbecue and is a very popular Korean dish. This recipe is a Philadelphia fusion that meshes bulgogi beef with cheesesteak fixings.

 

3. Bulgogi Burger

Bulgogi Burger

This recipe brings Korean BBQ to the bite of a burger. Since summer is (finally) here, use gochujang to upgrade your grill experience.

 

4. Korean Meatball Sliders

Korean Meatball Sliders

I personally love a good slider, because you can eat multiples. And I’m a fan of anything you can eat in multiples. It makes me feel like I’m having a giant feast, or feasting like a giant. Either way—yum.

 

5. Asian Breakfast Tacos

Asian Breakfast Tacos

Whoever first thought of tacos for breakfast should get their face on some country’s currency. I mean. They’re the real heroes.

 

6. Los Angeles Koreatown Dogs

Los Angeles Koreatown Dogs

This is not your regular ol’ hotdog. Skip the ketchup and use gochujung instead. Throw a little kimchi on top. Add some green onions. Then you’re basically as LA as a grown up child star!

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