Korean Chile Threads
Korean red pepper chile threads are 2-3 inches long and reddish brown when dried. They’re similar in heat level to our Aleppo crushed red pepper measuring about a 3 on a heat scale of 1-10. These threads have a smoky, fresh, grassy flavor.
The threads can be served “as is”, soften, toasted or both. Lightly toasting the threads brings out a fuller flavor and makes them more palatable. Toast only for a minute or so over medium heat and keep them moving to avoid burning. Soaking the threads in water for 10-15 minutes will soften them and give a feathery appearance. Traditionally, chile threads are used in kimchi and as a garnish. They also can be added to soups, vinegars, and meat dishes.