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Kochukaru substitution?

Does anyone have a good kochukaru (Korean chili powder) substitution?

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asked over 6 years ago

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babytiger
added over 6 years ago

Cayenne

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Kristen W.
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added over 6 years ago

Thanks!

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added over 6 years ago

I'm crazy about Korean cuisine but it can be challenging to find the ingredients. Yes, cayenne or even red pepper flakes. You might look at the HMart website---a chain of Korean supermarkets---and possibly you can buy it online. But this is one of those easily substitutable ingredients.

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Kristen W.
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added over 6 years ago

Great, thanks.

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susan g
added over 6 years ago

The ground chile pepper that I bought at H Mart surprised me with its mildness. Perhaps there are different types?

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nutcakes
added over 6 years ago

I live near an HMart and can send you some if you like.

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Kristen W.
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added over 6 years ago

Very kind of you to offer! There's a Ranch 99 about a half-hour from me where I think I could probably find it -- I just didn't have time to run out there before making the meal I was planning. Thanks for the offer, though!

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nutcakes
added over 6 years ago

Care to share what you're making? I'm into Korean food lately but have only made premarinated meats and Kimchi and pork belly jjigae (soup).

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Kristen W.
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added over 6 years ago

I'm a total novice with Korean food and was trying bulgogi for the first time with flat steak. I came across kochukaru when I was researching sides to go with it and found a scallion salad that called for it. Since I didn't get the response to my query in time (my fault since I didn't mark it "urgent"), I just went with some quick-pickled radish and cucumber with lettuce leaves and rice (next time I'll plan ahead in time to make kimchi).

Dunno how authentic my meal was, but I thought it was tasty!

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BoulderGalinTokyo
added over 6 years ago

And isn't all that really matters, you made it well and it was tasty.

taxidog
added over 5 years ago

You could try Japanese togarashi.

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