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Gochujang Apple Sauce

August 06, 2017
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Gochujang (red chili paste), ganjang (soy sauce) and doenjang (soybean paste) are staples of the Korean diet. Traditionally made in earthen pots outside, year-round, these fermented condiments provide depth of flavour with layers of spicy, savoury and sweet umami. But when Hana Jung and her husband, Iruk Cho, moved to Ottawa from Seoul, Korea, authentic Korean food was hard to find — so they started making the sauces at home, and in 2012, they launched Raon Kitchen. Now the couples' fermented sauces, kimchi and bibimbap have become a staple at area farmers' markets and from their food cart in downtown Ottawa. Raon Kitchen's gochujang is a fermented red chili paste marinade, made with apple, ginger, garlic, plum vinegar and rice wine, sesame and green onion. Use it as a condiment, a marinade for meat and vegetables or load it on top of bibimbap as you practice your chop stick dexterity while navigating the farmers' market.

Raon Kitchen | 613.274.0101

Find it at: 65 Bentley Ave., Ottawa, Ont., Ottawa Farmers' Market (Lansdowne), The Piggy Market

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