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Homemade Ssamjang is usually eaten with a ssam of grilled meat. One typically puts a leaf of lettuce or perilla on an open hand, places the main components of the meal (grilled meat such as galbi or samgyeopsal, kimchi and other banchan, rice if desired) in bite-size pieces in the center, tops it off with ssamjang, wraps the leaf around the entire contents, and then eats the wrapped ssam. It is also served as a dip with peppers.
Doenjang, gochujang, sesame oil, onion, garlic, green onions, sugar.
Net weight: 300g
Great Taste 2023 Review
This product has a lovely rich, natural appearance and an appealing aroma. The flavours are clearly discernible - with onion and garlic notes popping, clear umami flavour and a well-balanced warm kick. It has an enjoyable consistency and the flavour is long on the palate. An enjoyable product.
A thick, dense paste, dark ochre in tone and with quite a coarse texture. We enjoyed the complex, fermented flavour profile of this paste, and could imagine it opening up beautifully on the palate and offering multiple applications. The chilli heat is pretty subtle, but does offer a zing, and the onion element provides welcome savoury notes. It is very salty to taste on its own, but we know this is not how it's intended to be eaten.
The judges really enjoyed this paste and can think of numerous uses for it in their kitchens. It would work as a condiment and also as the basis for a tasty drink. They would buy it.
A deeply aromatic paste suggestive of long ferment and great complexity - and the palate delivers this with ample textural contrasts, yet nothing jarring. Savoury with quite a kick but nothing in the least raw or aggressive - all the ingredients are judiciously incorporated and the whole speaks of skilful fermentation. A great culinary ingredient and condiment.