When you go to a Korean Restaurant where they have table side grilling, lettuce is served along with the meats. In addition to Galbi (Korean Barbecue Beef Short Ribs) and Bulgogi (Korean Barbecue Beef), pork belly is another popular meat choice. Accompanying the lettuce is SamJang and thinly sliced green onions. The meat is wrapped in a leaf of lettuce topped with green onions and a dollop of the sauce. The best way to eat is to prepare the wrap at table side using the cooked meat right off the grill.
Pick up a rotisserie chicken. Make Rice. While the rice is cooking, debone the chicken, wash the lettuce and make the SamJang. Arrange the meat, lettuce, sauce on one serving platter.
Red and/or Green leaf lettuce
Green Onion Condiment
2 teaspoons rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coarse korean hot pepper powder, optional
pinch of kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Julienne green onions into 2 inch long thin strips. Soak in ice water and set aside for 10-15 minutes. Drain in a colander. Place the green onions on a dish cloth or paper towel and dry. Transfer to a bowl.
Add the vinegar, red pepper powder, salt and black pepper.
My Very Special SamJang | Korean Lettuce Wrap Sauce
1/2 cup Japanese red miso, low sodium without msg preferred*
4 stalks chopped green onions, about 1 cup
1/4 cup sesame seed oil
1 tablespoon orange juice, freshly squeezed preferred
1 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
1 tablespoon pine nuts, rough chop
Juice of half a lime, optional
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Keep in the refrigerator.
Makes about 1 1/4 cup.
*Available in Korean or Asian markets. Can use Korean bean paste (DaenJang) if you prefer the stronger pungent taste.
Optional Side Vegetables
Wash the lettuce and dry. Wash and cut the vegetables where necessary.
In a large serving platter, arrange the lettuce, vegetables and green onion condiment. Spoon SamJang in a pretty bowl.
Serve with grilled beef, pork or chicken. For vegetarians, use grilled mushrooms instead of meats.