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Ssamjang is a thick, spicy paste used with food wrapped in a
leaf in Korean cuisine. The sauce is made of doenjang
(a traditional Korean fermented soybean paste),
(Korean chili paste), sesame oil,
onion, garlic, green onions, and optionally brown sugar.
Ssam means "wrapped" and jang means "paste" or "thick sauce."
Together as ssamjang they mean "wrapping sauce."
One typically puts a leaf of sangchu (Red leaf lettuce) or
perilla on an open hand, then places in the middle of the leaf, a bite-sized
blob of rice, a blob of ssamjang, and a piece of meat (such as
kimchi, then wraps the leaf around the contents, puts the whole
wrapped ball of food in one's mouth, and eats it. One learns not to make the
ball too big for the leaf to wrap around, or to fit in one's mouth.