The three sauces you must have in a Korean refrigerator are red pepper paste (gochujang 고추장), fermented soybean paste (doenjang 된장), and the blended ssamjang (쌈장). At the market, each comes in a color-coded container.

Recipes using the red stuff and the brown stuff to follow later. Use the green box when fresh lettuce, cucumbers, carrots appear on your table ~ think Korean salad dipping sauce. It’s actually a blend of the red stuff, brown stuff, sesame oil and other flavors.