Tuesday, February 26, 2008


쌈장 [Ssam-Jang]

Ssam literally means a wrap and Jang means a sauce. If you ever wondered why the names of many Korean sauces end with 'Jang' (e.g.Gochuhang or Ganjang), you know it now. It means a sauce. Ssam and Jang, together makes a dipping sauce for grilled meat which is often served in a lettuce wrap. Click on How to eat Samgyupsal to see what I mean.

Ssamjang is made in a mixture of soybean paste, chili paste, minced garlic and sesame oil. I just buy ready-to-eat Ssamjang in Korean market. If you prefer home-made, you can easily make it by mixing the following ingredients:

soybean paste (2 tbl)
chili paste (1 tbl)
sesame oil (1 tbl)
honey (1/2 tbl)
scallion (1 stalk, finely chopped)
garlic (3 cloves, minced)
sesame seeds (2 tsp)

Related posts:
How to eat Samgyupsal
How to make Ssamjang


Anonymous said...

oh this sounds so good! I´m going to make it at home.

Migi said...

Good luck! Homemade ssamjang beats all!

Jenn said...

my korean dramas make me SO hungry for this stuff. thanks much for the recipe!

Migi said...

@Jenn: You are very welcome. Also check out my "How to make Ssamjang" post at http://www.koreanhomecooking.com/2010/05/how-to-make-ssamjang.html

Anonymous said...

I find when you add rice vinegar to it - it's even better. Especially on this dish.