Octopus Banchan
Octopus Banchan

This Octopus Banchan is quite similar to the Korean dish, Nakji Bokkeum, in that both involve octopus cooked in a spicy, and somewhat sweet sauce made with the condiment known as Gochujang. The latter, however, is generally served hot as a main dish, often over rice or noodles, while the former, being a ‘banchan’ is served, generally cold, as a side dish.

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A Container of Gochujang
A Container of Gochujang

Gochujang is a chili paste made with red chili powder, glutinous rice flour, fermented soybeans (often in powdered form), and some sort of sweetener such as sugar, honey, or malted barley powder. It is an essential ingredient in Korean cuisine.

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