About Da-Hae West | Gareth West

Da-Hae West | Gareth West

Da-Hae West and Gareth West are the wife-and-husband founders of Busan BBQ in London and the authors of K-Food: Korean Home Cooking and Street Food. Da-Hae, who was born in Korea and raised in England, grew up on her mother’s Korean cooking, which relied on McGyvering together substitutions for authentic Korean cooking. The couple decided to open an eatery hawking American diner classics emboldened with Korean ingredients while eating a bulgogi burger at McDonald’s during their honeymoon in Korea. @dahaewest @busanbbq

A small white dish of gochujang, a Korean chile past with a spoon, jar, and bowl beside it.

Cheater’s Gochujang

Got gochujang? If not, you need to make this simple cheater’s version that’s a quick stand-in for when you don’t have time to make the authentic Korean chile paste with a sweet heat and some serious umami.