Ssam is a traditional Korean dish that involves wrapping meat, vegetables, and other fillings in lettuce or other leafy greens. The practice of eating ssam dates back hundreds of years in Korean history, with records of it being enjoyed by the aristocracy during the Joseon Dynasty.
The word "ssam" itself means "wrapped" in Korean, and the dish has evolved over time to include a wide variety of different ingredients and preparations. Some popular ssam fillings include grilled Korean BBQ, kimchi, and various herbs and vegetables.
In recent years, ssam has become a popular dish among those following a ketogenic or low-carb diet, as it can be easily adapted to fit these dietary restrictions. For example, instead of using traditional rice or noodle fillings, keto-friendly ssam might incorporate cauliflower rice or enjoy it simply without the carbs.
Try Oppa's Korean BBQ, lettuce and your favourite toppings to enjoy traditional Korean Ssam.
Estimated Cooking time : 10 min
Oppa's Korean BBQ
Cooked rice (optional)
Ssamjang sauce (optional)
Wash the lettuce leaves and pat them dry. Separate the leaves and arrange them on a plate.
Cook the rice according to the package instructions or your preference. Keep it warm.
Grill or cook Oppa's Korean BBQ meat until it is cooked through.
To serve, take a lettuce leaf and place a spoonful of rice on it.
Add a few pieces of Oppa's Korean BBQ meat and some kimchi on top of the rice.
Drizzle some of Ssamjang sauce over the filling.
Wrap the lettuce leaf around the filling and enjoy!
Repeat the process until you have made as many Oppa ssam wraps as you desire. The combination of the tender meat, the crunchy lettuce, and the flavorful sauce will make for a delicious and satisfying meal.
Recipe for Korean Ssam Jang Sauce
1/2 cup doenjang (Korean soybean paste)
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean chili paste)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
In a mixing bowl, combine doenjang, gochujang, rice vinegar, honey, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Mix well until the ingredients are fully incorporated.
Add the green onions and toasted sesame seeds to the mixture. Stir well.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more honey or rice vinegar to adjust the sweetness or sourness, respectively.
Serve the ssam jang sauce as a dipping sauce for Oppa's Korean BBQ and vegetables.