Hot pepper oil (gochu gireum=고추기름) is a condiment made from vegetable oil that has been infused with dried chili peppers and sometimes also additional ingredients. It is also employed in the Korean Chinese noodle soup dish jjamppong. Chili oil is typically red in color. It is made from vegetable oil, often soybean oil or sesame oil, although olive oil or other oils may be used. Other spices may be included such as Sichuan pepper, garlic, or paprika. The spices are soaked in oil. Commercial preparations may include other kinds of oil, water, dried garlic, soy sauce, and sugar. Recipes targeted to Western cooks also suggest other popular oils such as canola, peanut, grapeseed, olive, and any dried or fresh chili peppers. Chili oil is commercially available in glass jars, although it may also be made from scratch at home.
Keep in the cabinet.
Short Korean Lesson
- GoChu (고추) = Hot Pepper or Chilly Pepper
- GiReum (기름) = Oil