Kisoondo’s Jinjang is a dark, thick, soy sauce with exceptional depth and umami. Aged for a minimum of five years, this is the most mature, complex, and inkiest sauce in Kisoondo’s catalog. Compared to more commonplace soy sauces, Jinjang contributes tremendously more presence to a recipe, with such a potent balance of both meaty and sweet flavors that it can be utilized in a vast range of circumstances. Wonderful as a dipping condiment, it will also impart a stunningly bold and layered richness when used to braise meat or vegetables.
Based in Damyang, South Korea, the Kisoondo family has been making traditional jangs (Korean sauces and pastes) for almost four hundred years. Master Ki Soon-do, the matriarch of the family, helms their operations today. Every aspect of her process is done traditionally and meticulously, using nothing but soybeans, bamboo salt, and spring water. The only other ingredients are time and onggi, the earthenware jugs where the sauces spend years fermenting. In southern Korea, ongii are stout and rounded, whereas northern climates tend to utilize taller, narrow urns that respond more effectively to the cold. Their material is porous enough to regulate moisture and temperature throughout the years, as the large blocks of soybean paste separate, forming both doenjang (soybean paste) and sauces like this one. While the five-year mark represents the minimum age for Kisoondo’s oldest commercially available jang, some ongii carry sauces for much longer, set aside solely for ceremonial circumstances. With such deeply entrenched reverence for the process and the unmatched results it yields, any dish incorporating Master Ki’s jinjang feels ceremonious in its own way.
Damyang, South Korea
250ml glass bottle