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The Hot Bean Paste used in my recipes is not to be confused with Sweet Red Bean Paste. Hot Bean Paste is a Korean product made with fermented soybeans and powdered chilies. It is extremely hot for many people. Adding a little to your dish and then checking for seasoning is a must. This recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon per serving and is a mild heat. Adding more paste 1/4 teaspoon at a time will certainly increase the heat.
You can use almost any hot chili paste here - harissa is a good choice. Other Asian Chili Bean Pastes will vary in flavor and texture and should be added carefully to check for spiciness.