Momofukus Ssam Sauce
Momofuku's Ssam Sauce - To go with Momofuku's Bo Ssam, but great on any lettuce wrap

When I made Momofuku’s Bo Ssam, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find the ingredients for the Ssam sauce.

Momofukus Ssam Sauce
Momofukus Ssam Sauce

I had already started looking online at Amazon but it turned out the ingredients were right in the local grocery store.

I also happened to drop by a specialty shop later in the week – and they had Ssam sauce by Momofuku already made. I was tempted to buy it but since it takes about half a minute to stir up, made my own.

After tasting, it seemed a bit oily to me, so I ended up doubling all the other ingredients and adding a touch of sugar, too.

Momofukus Ssam Sauce
Momofukus Ssam Sauce

Momofuku's Ssam Sauce

  • Servings: 3/4 cup
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 tablespoons fermented bean-and-chili paste (ssamjang, available in many Asian markets, and online)
  • 1 tablespoon chili paste (kochujang, available in many Asian markets, and online)
  • ½ cup sherry vinegar
  • ½ cup neutral oil (like grapeseed)

In a medium bowl, combine the chili pastes with the vinegar and oil, and mix well.

from the kitchen of, original recipe from David Chang, appearing in the New York Times


You know I’ll be bringing this to our Throwback Thursday #26 Link Party, hosted by Quinn of Dad What’s for Dinner, Meaghan of 4 Sons are Us, Alli of Tornadough, Carlee from Cooking with Carlee and Moi! That’s right – me!

Click over to our Throwback Thursday post for links to their blogs and social media, rules and more info or just click on the blue leapfrog, below, to view all the Throwback Thursday Posts or enter your own!

I will also be bringing these over to Angie’s Link Party, Fiesta Friday # 107, Hosted this week, by Margi from LaPetiteCasserole and Sue from Sue’s Healthy Living! It should be another great party!!


11 Comments on “Momofuku’s Ssam sauce

  1. What a super easy sauce! It sounds delicious with chilli bean paste and sherry. The addition of sugar by you was very appropriate I think. You were right in not buying it at the store! Thanks for bringing it to FF!

    • Thanks, Suchrita, and thanks for hosting for us at FF this week. With all the vinegar it just seemed like it needed a bit of balance; I’m no expert on Korean sauces, that’s for sure, but it was a condiment.

  2. Oh, wow! Next time I make some Korean food I’m including this! Ssamjang is one of my favourites 🙂

    • I kind of wish I would have bought the Momofuku Ssam sauce just to compare it to this…I’m really not familiar with Ssamjang per se…I may have had it before and not realized that was what it was called, lol!

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