I like to make mine from scratch so that I can control the flavors and infuse fresh green onion and garlic, but you can also buy this Korean condiment — called ssamjang — premade online or at many Asian markets or look for the new Bibigo brand at Kroger grocery stores. Eat it in a lettuce wrap with Korean kalbi short ribs, or use it as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables.
From Sara Yoo, YumSugar
2 heaping tablespoons Korean soybean paste (doenjang)
1 heaping tablespoon Korean hot pepper paste (gojuchang)
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon green onions, thinly sliced
- In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients until well combined. Serve as a dipping sauce for meats and vegetables.
Makes about 4 tablespoons.