Ssam Jang (쌈장)

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Ssamjang

Ssamjang is a condiment used to add the final flavor punch to the Korean Ssam which is rice, a kind of protein(bulgogi, grilled pork belly, kkongchi jorim and more) wrapped in lettuce or any vegetable leaf that is big enough to make a wrap.

Here’s what you need:

 

Ingredients

  • 2 T Korean soybean paste (된장 Dwenjang)
  • 1 T Korean chili bean paste (고추장 Gochoojang)
  • 1 tsp fresh chopped garlic (garlic powder is OK)
  • 1 T fresh chopped green onion
  • 1 T roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 T mayonnaise (this is to lessen the saltiness and also add a creamier taste but is not a traditional ingredient. you can also add some crushed up firm tofu instead if you want a more lighter taste)
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Directions

Mix all of the above ingredients together in a bowl.

Ssamjang ingredients

Ssamjang ingredients

Ssamjang mixed

Ssamjang mixed

Ssamjang can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks due to the high salt content of the bean pastes. And since usually only a small amount is consumed each time, store the remaining sauce and use it later.

Other ideas – just cut up some fresh carrots, cucumbers and even green chili peppers and serve with ssamjang. It can be a great side dish to any meat dish.

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