Ssamjang, which is emerging as a Korean food that foreigners like these days, is not a food, but a traditional Korean sauce.

Ssamjang is a seasoning sauce eaten with ssam, and is made by mixing soybean paste, red pepper paste, garlic, sesame seeds, and sesame oil.

In Korean, ssam means eating lettuce, perilla leaves, or cabbage leaves with meat or other things. The sauce used to eat these wraps is ssamjang.

Since ancient times, Koreans have enjoyed soy sauce, and soy sauce is an indispensable food in the Korean diet. Types include soybean paste, red pepper paste, soy sauce, cheonggukjang, and ssamjang. Ssamjang refers to the sauce that you eat with the ssam. It is a type of other sauce that adds ingredients such as red pepper paste, garlic, ginger, pepper, starch syrup, and sesame oil to makjang or conventional soybean paste.

Ssamjang adds flavor to vegetable ssam, one of the foods that symbolizes Korean taste. Ssamjang is usually mixed with red pepper paste, and the unique spicy taste of red pepper paste is added to the soybean paste to create a harmonious taste.

There are various types of ssamjang as well as various spices mixed with soybean paste and red pepper paste. There are a variety of things that can be used as ssamjang, such as spicy and stir-fried soybean paste, soybean paste with sesame oil and sesame salt, soybean paste with rice water, shiitake, and green pepper, and soybean paste with ground raw potatoes and green pepper.

To make ssamjang simple, you can prepare soybean paste and red pepper paste in a ratio of 2:1, and add a little bit of minced garlic, sesame oil, and green onion. To add more sweetness, you can add sweet seasonings such as starch syrup and sugar.

However, in the case of ssamjang made in this way, it is better to manufacture as much as you can because sesame oil oxidizes over time and it is easy to form a group. If you want a spicy taste, you can enjoy sweet and spicy ssamjang if you chop Cheongyang red pepper. If you don't have any ingredients and you don't have to treat others, you can just add 2 doenjang + 1 gochujang and mix it.

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