Ssamjang may not be what comes to mind as a snack for most, but I like to put it in this category. Cucumbers, peppers and other veggies dipped in Ssamjang is a fun snack I consume at least 2-3 times per week.
What is Ssamjang? Ssamjang is a spicy Korean dip, marinade, a sauce. It has a thick, rich, paste like consistency which eliminates the dreaded drip that a lot of other sauces has. This one stays put on your food and doesn’t end up on your shirt. The ingredients are doenjang (bean paste), ggochujang (pepper paste), garlic, onions, green onions, sugar and sesame oil. This can be made at home but I honestly just prefer to buy it, for simplicity sake.
Ssamjang is primarily used with lettuce wrap, Korean Barbecue meat. Other uses include using as a dip for veggies, such as cucumbers, carrots and peppers. So let’s take a walk on the wild side and dive in.
Packaging: Simple green tub with lid. Standard packaging.
Texture: Thick, pasty, finely diced garlic and veggies scattered evenly throughout.
Scent: Spicy, rich, flavorful aroma
Price: 3200₩/ $2.75
Taste: Hot, spicy, slightly sweet, salty, peppery, garlic. This is flavor overload. Only a smidge will do you well with each dip and bite.
Rating: 5 out of 5. I cannot think that this could be improved upon, it’s already perfect in my opinion. This is a staple and a weekly repeat buy for me, hence the 5 star rating.