Red pepper powder (kochukaru / gochugaru)
One of the core ingredients in Korean cuisine is red pepper powder or kochukaru / gochugaru. We wanted to stress that this is an ingredient that you’ll need to buy in an Asian grocery store. Please do not try to use cayenne pepper in these recipes. And do not use crushed red pepper flakes. Apart from the physical pain such choices will cause you, your wallet will also be hurting.
You can buy pepper powder by the pound, so if you plan on making your own banchan, you need to pick up a bag.
Here’s a look at two of the brands we bought recently: