Thursday, April 24, 2014
Here’s a good reason to keep a jar of ssamjang, that kick-ass Korean dipping sauce, handy in the fridge: Meatballs Ssambap! Ssambap is a Korean style of eating in which you wrap your meal—meat, rice, radish, kimchee—in lettuce leaves that are slathered with a sweet-spicy sauce called ssamjang. “Sssam” means wrap; “jang” means mix. Ssambap always includes rice (bap). Bossam on the other hand is a Korean wrap that includes slices of seasoned pork belly and new kimchee. Both are served with a variety of side dishes, or panchan. I love the variety of flavor between each bite. Ssambap is of my favorite casual summer meals; it takes the edge off those hot summer’s evenings.