Ssamjang—Korean Red Soy Paste

Ssamjang—Korean Red Soy Paste


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As salsa is to tacos and mayo sauce to sandwich wraps, ssamjang is an essential element in the Korean equivalent, ssam, a vegetable leaf wrap containing rice, vegetables, and protein. Ssamjang, Korean red soy paste adds a salty, sweet, and even a touch of spicy flavor to ssam, in addition to the rich umami flavor of fermented soy beans.

Ssamjang Recipe from PBS Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen

  • 2 tbsp doenjang
  • 1 tbsp gochujang chilli paste
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • ½ tsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp freshly minced garlic
  • 3 oz silken or soft tofu
  • 1 tbsp chopped green onion
  • 1 tbsp red pepper
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour the contents in a small sauce pan or Korean clay pot and cook in medium low heat
  3. Stir with a wooden spoon
  4. Cover the lid and let it simmer in low heat for 15 minutes
  5. Garnish with chopped green onions and chilli
  6. Serve with steamed rice and a side of leafy green

View recipe on PBS Cathlyn’s Korean Kitchen

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