In a nutshell: Our fruity red Korean pepper flakes are the best you'll ever taste and will kick-start some flavour into your stir-fried vegetables salad dressings, dips and marinades.
Our Korean red pepper flakes are exceptional and a far cry from the usual ground Korean red pepper found in Asian supermarkets. Our Korean red pepper (gochagaru) owes its exceptional aroma to the fresh mountain air of Eastern Korea, where it’s harvested for the Kim family’s Kimchi business. Dissatisfied by the quality of the chillies available, they set out to find the ingredients that could meet the stringent needs of their company. The search took years and resulted in an unparalleled product- the bright red, fruity flavoured pepper flakes they now send Épices de Cru is the highest possible quality, usually reserved for the Japanese market. In Korea, it is a mainstay of many dishes, used in the famous Korean red pepper paste (gochujang) and to flavour Bulgogi, Bibimbap and, of course, all sorts of kimchi. Incredibly adaptable, it can also be used kick-start some flavour into stir-fried vegetables salad dressings, dips and marinades. try adding some to your next pasta sauce, soup or stew and you'll see what we mean about its exceptional quality.
About Épices de Cru
Épices de Cru began in 1982 as a catering partnership between Philippe and Ethné de Vienne. Their mission was a kind of “cooking pot anthropology:” learning the secrets of family cooking around the world and applying these techniques to the needs of hungry Montrealers. The secret, they learned, was spices. Over the last two decades, Philippe and Ethné have searched for the world’s best spices, accompanied by their children, Marika and Arik. The de Viennes believe in direct sourcing spices: visiting growing regions, spending time with growers, and developing personal relationships that last decades. In 2004, they officially opened their first spice shop in Montreal’s fantastic Jean Talon market– it’s since become a mecca for foodies from all over the world. I first visited in 2008 and have been buying and using their spices on a regular basis ever since that first exciting visit. They steadfastly maintain that they do nothing original, only facilitating the exchange of culinary common sense from one place to another. But, what they do is simply quite brilliant - by providing us with the finest quality ingredients, and their superb spice mixes, we can all experiment with unusual spices and recreate delicious recipes from around the world.