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Ganjang (Korean: 간장) is a kind of Korean soy sauce made from fermented soybeans.[1][2] Ganjang is a uniquely Korean condiment.[2][3]

Choganjang, a sauce made from ganjang

Traditionally, Koreans start processing soybeans around the 10th month of the lunar calendar. They soak soybeans overnight and then boil them. They then pound the soybeans into a powder and compress that into a meju, a block about 15 by 20 centimetres (5.9 by 7.9 in), which is then dried for about one week.[2][4] The mejus are then tied with straw in front of homeyard for about 40 days. After the mejus have dried, they put them into crockery in which they start to ferment. In the crock, salt water is mixed in. As they ferment, a dark liquid separates out. The liquid is called ganjang (soy sauce or soya sauce). The remaining material is called doenjang (soybean paste or bean paste).


  1. ^ (English) koreanrestaurantguide, koreanrestaurantguide.Accessed on April 28, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Ahn Hong-beum (Spring 2004). "Ganjang and Doenjang: Traditional Fermented Seasonings" (PDF). Koreana. 18 (1): 62–67. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ (Korean) '간장' 깊고 오묘한 맛을 뽐내다, chosun. Accessed on May 5, 2010.
  4. ^ (Korean) 원산지 한국, 콩은 왜 몸에 좋은가?, iffe. Accessed on May 5, 2010.