Cayenne pepper powder has a single flavor note and is incendiary–with a Scoville heat rating of 30,000-190,000.
Korean red pepper powder has a more rounded flavor profile (smoky, woodsy, sweet) and is considerably less hot—between 5,000-10,000 on the Scoville scale.
It comes in coarse and fine grinds. The coarse grind produces small flakes, which look as good as they taste. In Asian markets, you’ll see huge cello bags of Korean red pepper powder (for kimchi lovers), but smaller packets and containers are also available.
You can pay top dollar for this special powder. The more expensive brands are handmade in the traditional way in Korea. The Wang brand that’s in my Asian pantry, however, is modestly priced and made in China. It’s very nice indeed.
But don’t limit your use of this seasoning to Asian dishes. It’s neutral enough to be your go-to ground chile pepper. I almost always choose it over cayenne powder.
And while we’re at it, let’s look at another pantry staple, Korean red pepper threads. The flavor is similar to the powder, but’s it’s the form that’s so appealing—long, slender red threads. Imagine all the ways you can use these as a garnish.
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Cookin’ with Gas (inspiration from around the web)
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