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Ssamjang – Korean Spicy Dipping Condiment

Wondering what kind of a spicy dip you could use for your rolls and wraps? Then try the fiery Korean spicy dipping condiment Ssamjang! Yes, a spicy, delicious Korean dipping condiment made of gochujang, and doenjang, it has the goodness of gut bacteria from both the pastes with a little bit of garlic,rice wine, fresh peppers, and plenty of sesame oil.

Sounds interesting right? The recipe, varies from different households and is a specialty condiment used in a lot of meals. It can be quite hot, especially when it is homemade by a Korean family that loves spicy food.

The word Ssamjang is a combination of two Korean words, Ssam means “wrap” and Jang means “paste” therefore Ssamjang is used as a condiment for leaf wrapped meats.

Ssamjang - Korean Spicy Dipping Condiment

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Ssam has been part of Korean cuisine since ages. Farmers during their field work would enjoy wraps with leafy vegetables. Eating ssam with namul (vegetables side dish) was a tradition on Jeongwal Daeboreum (“Full Moon day in January).

It is believed that opening one’s mouth wide and eating a big wrap was a symbol of luck coming into their household. Even today, some people believe that the big ssam should be eaten in one bite for good luck.

Most Ssamjang sauces are available in Asian grocery stores and are easy to store.

Ssamjang goes extremely well with beef and rice wrapped in Sesame leaves, it can also be used for other veggie and meat wraps for an enticing taste on your taste buds.

Making Ssamjang barely requires any effort as it involves combining the ingredients at hand. Easy isn’t it? Plus its just as good for the chill winter nights.

Ssamjang Korean Spicy Dipping Condiment

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Here’s how you make Ssamjang at home:

This Ssamjang can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week.

What you need?

1 tbsp  doenjang (Korean soybean paste)

1 tbsp gochujang (Korean spicy paste)

1 small onion- chopped

a small bunch of spring onions- finely chopped

1 tbsp sesame oil

2 tsp honey

2 tsp sesame seed

1 clove minced garlic

How to make Ssamjang

  1. Bring together all the ingredients and stir well in a small bowl.

  2. Add small amounts of water if needed to make the paste thinner.

It is generally relished as a thick paste with other delicacies. Enjoy it with a lettuce wrap or any other meaty or veggie delicacies.

Also read about top 5 Gojchujang Delicacies for this winter.

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