Ken B wrote:Go to Oriental Market and ask for Gochugaru. Most Korean flakes/powder are made without seeds. The heat level varies, and some can be quite mild, but even the hottest has a sweetness behind it that most of your run of the mill crushed red pepper flakes do not. Some brands come in different grades of heat. It's really uncommon to find any Korean flakes or powder with seeds, the kind I get from my mom never has it.
Are you referring to the Oriental Supermarket?
Anyway, I just went there yesterday. I had forgotten about your post, but I looked at their crushed/powdered/etc. red pepper selection and they didn't seem to have to what I was looking for. A lot of what they had was crushed into too fine a powder (instead of flakes), or had seeds. Would the Gochugaru be in another part of their store?
Anyway, I was glad I went there as they had a good selection of rice noodles. I stocked up on Vietnamese rice vermicelli - yum!
(On a side note, they keep the store rather, well, un-heated -- it was like walking into a refrigerator.)