What is ssamjang and how to use it.
Ssamjang (쌈장, Korean spicy dipping sauce) is a thick and spicy paste used as a dipping sauce when you make a wrap, which typically involves grilled Korean BBQ meat in a lettuce, perilla or steamed cabbage leaf etc.
You simply paste a small amount of sauce on to a lettuce leaf or meat with chopsticks or you can simply dive the meat into the sauce.
Typical ingredients for Korean Ssamjang include, Korean soybean paste (DoenJang, 된장), Korean chili paste (Gochujang, 고추장), minced garlic, minced onion, chopped green onion and sesame oil. However, you can make an even fancier version, using my recipe here, Korean BBQ dipping sauce.
I don’t normally buy a big container for this, because I only use a small amount of it each time. Below are some pictures of Korean Ssamjang varieties available at a Korean grocery store.