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Pain is Good Gochujang Hot Sauce

May 07, 2019

   This Korean-inspired hot sauce by Spicin’ Foods is a unique product that is also highly addictive! Gochujang is a classic element of Korean cuisine. It is typically served alongside a variety of dishes such as ramen, tempura shrimp or veggies, fried chicken, and more.  The rich, savoury and sweet flavour of this sauce comes with a mild heat that should be tolerable for most. If you want to learn more about this amazing brand and some of the other products from their line that we offer here at Chilly Chiles, check out my other reviews of Pain is Good Fire Roasted Green Srirach-AH Hot Sauce and Pain is Good Harissa Hot Sauce!

   This one is made with simple, purposeful ingredients. No chemical additives or bizarre stuff! Water keeps the sauce’s consistency, flavour balance, and acidity in check while the cane sugar adds a decent level of sweetness. It’s a sweet sauce which, I find, makes it very enjoyable on all kinds of dishes that could use a sweet kick. Fermented soybeans, which comprise of water, soybeans, rice, salt, and alcohol, bring an earthy flavour. The rice vinegar, with its mild and sweet taste, preserves the sauce while also complementing the soybeans. Dried red chile peppers and Gochugaru chile powder bring the heat. Gochugaru peppers are Korean peppers which have a complex flavor profile. They are mildly hot but also have sweet, and slightly smoky notes. You can imagine now why this chile was a great pick considering the other flavours present. Garlic powder completes the sauce. What would an Asian-inspired sauce be without garlic? There’s just enough that this Gochujang has the zingy quality many of us love!

   With regards to heat, I’d give this one a 2 out of 10. It’s a rather mild sauce in which its unique, satisfying flavour is its main strength. There’s a very light lingering heat that you will notice upon tasting, but nothing that would burn you much at all. Everyone can enjoy this one, as long as you’re not allergic to soy of course and are intrigued by the sauce’s flavour profile. If you’re a fan of Korean food, or any Asian food for that matter, this one is a MUST TRY for you! This is among my favourite Asian-inspired hot sauces available at Chilly Chiles!

   Enjoy this sauce with not only Korean dishes such as bibimbap, but also in stews, salads, soups, and marinated meat or seafood dishes. I’ve enjoyed it very much with eggs, sandwiches, fried rice, dumplings, spring rolls, various noodle dishes, and more. Go wild with it. It’s got very little heat so don’t worry about putting lots of it on your plate! I’m warning you though, once you finish the bottle you’re going to be coming back for more, and more!

Come by one of our store locations and give Pain is Good Gochujang Hot Sauce a try!

As always, Stay on the spicy side of life!


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