Korean Grocery Shopping: Soy sauces, pastes, & spices


(upbeat music) – Soy sauce and fish sauce aisle. There are two kinds of soy
sauce in Korean cuisine. Soup soy sauce and also
just usual soy sauce. This is guk-ganjang it says, I gotta wear my eye glasses
for now, they’re all small letters. Korean soup soy sauce, use
this when you make soup. So here, classic soy sauce. That means traditional soy sauce. This is my all-time favorite jin-ganjang. This jin-ganjang brand name is Sempio. I’ve been using for decades,
but I heard there are other types of jin-ganjang also good. I see the Sinsong, Sinsong jin-ganjang. It says also soy sauce. – So I remember from
your video where you made soup soy sauce that you boil it and I was wondering is the boiling is that necessary because of like bacteria or disinfecting it or why
was that part of the process? – Because I like to stop
fermentation, slow down by boiling. Otherwise, all the time
fermenting and then sooner or later lot of
fungi still keep coming. But you still can use it. Delicious. Just remove the fungi and then use. Last year, I made ganjang again. I had no time to go to
the park to, you know, secretly boiling, so
that’s why just let it go in my earthenware crock and
then now very very busy busy making fungi flowers. But taste really like a kind
of really smells like pungent. If I have time, then I like
to boil this and so that I can slow down. Fish sauce, when you make
kimchi, without fish sauce, I cannot make it. My favorite brand in America
is the Viet Hong fish sauce. Three crab. Taste like real Korean,
really long time, old, pungent soup soy sauce taste. And also Korean product, kkanari
aekjeot, kkanari aekjeot, this is also good quality,
All imported from Korea. This myeolchi aekjeot, “myeolchi” means anchovies. I understand why you guys are so confused because “Oh everything is
in Korean, so confused!” On the back you can see there’s little tiny letters,
it says: “Ingredient: anchovy” Can you find the anchovy? Anchovy fish sauce, you
can use in kimchi also. And this section is tea. Just you you guys remember my yuja cha? Yuja is yellow and
skin is kind of rough. It’s a citrus but the flavor
is unique, really really good. I have a recipe but
problem is not easy to find the fresh yuja here. But in Korea, Koreans love
the yuja tea so they imported and then they display it here
so you can find so easily any grocery store. So yuja cha, look at that, really pretty. Mixed up with sugar and yuja. So when you use this, just
mix with hot, hot water. Boiling water and then enjoy the tea. You can eat it all. When you choose this, always check out the expiration date plus here on the top. Top part is sometimes I
see the really dark kind of some brownish color, never choose that. So it should be all yellow, pretty. – Is yuja the same thing as yuzu? – Same. – Okay. – Yuza the Japanese call this yuzu. And also this is mulyeot, clear. Transparent this syrup. This is usually made with corn. This is I really love it. Because this is made traditional way. Barley malt powder and
rice and then you just boil like lower heat and then
simmer this for a long time. Barley malt powder has some enzyme. The enzyme convert the starch
from rice into sweet, sugar. So that’s why I make like a sweet. We call this jocheong. So how can you find? It says Korean rice syrup, it says Korean rice syrup. it contains all these minerals
and all nutrients here. But in case of this
transparent, it’s refined. When you make or braise something, instead of using sugar, I
use this and then make it shiny and a little sticky looking and sweet. It’s a ssal-oligodang here. It doesn’t endure really
high heat so when you braise really something, you should not use this because it turns into less sweet. Next, black bean paste. When can we use? Jjajangmeyon (laughs) jjajangmyeon, when you make jjajangmyeon you
need this black bean paste. Jjajang! It says black bean
paste fermented, right? So there are two types of
jjajang sauce in Korean grocery store. You saw this? You have to fry this with oil. And another type is that you
don’t have to stir fry with oil because it’s already pre-stir fried with oil. It says bokkeum-jjajang. Bokkeum is stir fried. This is raw, uncooked jjajang. So this is same translation,
“black bean paste fermented.” And also this is also
“black bean paste fermented.” You can’t find the difference. All you can find is there are
two words letters, jjajang. This is jjajang before
there are two more letters, bokkeum, bokkeum. So bokkeum means fried. It sounds like very
convenient but my favorite is raw black bean paste because
I can fry at home easily. That’s bokkeum jjajang, already
roasted black bean paste. – It’s so good. – But this guy is raw, raw
black bean paste, taste. So taste and then what is the difference? – The raw is maybe a little more sour? – Let me check. – Lighter flavor. – Lighter, the other one is
more umami the first one. – Yeah. Pre-fried black bean paste is
they added something there. Added some sugar, or something like that so make it more umami taste. Doenjang is fermented soybean paste. Every day you can make the
Korean bean paste soup. So at least once a week, twice a week, all Korean family making this
doenjang-guk, doenjang stew. Always check the expiration date. All this is good. So Sunchang… jeju-bori-doenjang… – I bought one of these
and it said seasoned on it. And then I noticed the
other one was unseasoned. And I wanted the one that wasn’t seasoned and then I didn’t know the difference. – Good question. When you see the doenjang
you can see, look at that. This product is, it says “pyogo-buseot myeolchi” they added already shitake mushrooms here and also dried anchovies so make more like umami taste. When you choose this, you can see
that on top like this, kind of a black line, it’s not good. The color should be even. This is Sempio, soom-shwi-neun-jaeraesik-doenjang. This is also good quality. I like to taste this with my readers. This is two different kinds of doenjang. So taste this. We are so serious testers. Which one you like better? – [Shawn] I like
the lighter one better. – [Andrew] I like
the darker one better. – I like them both. – [Cora] I like them both for different reasons. – Everybody has a different opinion. – The darker one, really the
taste like stays with you. – [Shawn] Yeah
like a mushroomy flavor. – So let’s see. Two brands I compare so you
guys go to Korean grocery store. So if you like the darker
and also more deeper flavor you can chose this one. Soom-shwi-neun-jaeraesik it’s the traditional way doenjang. This one is a darker. This is a lighter, simple taste, right? And I prefer this. Hot pepper paste, gochujang. You guys can make it at home
but busy people they just buy the gochujang. Gochujang is also many
many different kinds of gochujang. Which gochujang you usually use? I just chose three brands. It says very spicy and mild and regular. And usually I buy huge tub, you know, three kilos, huge tub. Today I like to let my
readers taste this and then compare the taste. So first let’s taste the mild taste. It’s brand name Haechandle,
it says “sunhanmat gochujang.” Sunhanmat means mild. Check out the back. And here, you can see the level one. Means really mild taste. So you can’t tolerate really spicy food, then you can use this one. Sunhanmat mild. Mild. Level one. – Yeah it’s sweet. – But still, still hot eh? – A little bit yeah. – So and then, really
spicy one is Chung Jung One. It says “bul-taneun” fire, on fire, spicy, hot pepper paste. It says… this guy doesn’t have on the back, doesn’t have any level of spiciness but only you can see. You see the fire and also
the dried red pepper here, that means really spicy. Let’s see how spicy it is. – [Shawn] I can
eat pretty hot things and that’s pretty hot. – Yeah. – Good? So this is the Sempio
ssal-gochujang and there is no spice here, it’s just the regular hot pepper paste. Let’s taste. Kind of sweet, isn’t it? Yeah. Mild and spicy and regular. Which color you like better? – [Cora] This is a nice color. – [Maangchi] This is best color everybody. Everybody agree this is
a really beautiful color. So Sempio sumshwineun taeyangpyo ssal-gochujang. When you make Korean kimchi, main ingredient is Korean hot pepper flakes gochugaru, you need that. But when you see this, just
all different products. But like you can pick
inside what it look like. Sometimes you see this, you see like some kind of circle shape and you can see inside. And color should be very bright red, but not orange or some
dark red, I don’t like it. I like bright red. See I like this one, bright red. You know how much it is? It’s 54 dollars! It’s so expensive because
it came from Korea. But you can see that this is
a kind of little bright red. So I like to choose this. It says red pepper powder
but that’s not powder. You can see this is flakes, right? This is powder. It says fine, F-I-N-E. Red pepper powder. I make hot pepper paste, homemade hot pepper
paste, I have to use this. And you still confused? Then just choose more expensive item. (laughs) and this is ssamjang. Ssamjang is a dipping sauce. This color is green color packaging, but this is usually like
you can make it at home so easily but if you
are so busy and you have a barbecue picnic, you can pick it up. So next, sesame oil. Without sesame oil we can’t
talk about Korean cuisine. Sesame oil is always toasted sesame oil, not raw sesame oil. Large size, small size, they all have. And this is Japanese sesame oil Kadoya. So that’s my favorite. This one Korean brand from
Ottogi and sun chamgireum. Sesame seeds, toasted sesame seeds. Roasted sesame seeds. It’s already washed and roasted, toasted. You can add it to your
vegetable side dish. Just sprinkle this and nutty. These are sesame seeds
but it’s not toasted so you need to wash and drain
and then fry without oil to make really crispy sesame seeds. Well did you learn a lot this time? Next is part three: noodles, powder, grains, dried vegetables, and seaweed. See you soon! My website has a really good list of Korean grocery stores worldwide. All the information about
each store was submitted by my readers so all the
information is very correct and reliable. Check it out. If you have Korean grocery
store in your area, whenever I travel to a foreign country, I need Korean cooking, I come to my own website
to see the grocery store and then I go.

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