Cucumber with “ssam jang”
I’m not a fan of raw veggies ~ not yet. Sometimes though I have cravings ~ weird ones. Like vegetable cravings!
It’s not officially a Korean snack but there are times when you just want to eat something flavorful but not too fattening. What I do is that I get half a cucumber and slice them into sticks. Put a tablespoonful of “ssam jang” and use it as a dip. Westerners usually dip the cucumber in mayonnaise but the Korean way is healthier.
“Ssam jang” is mainly a sauce (jang) for “ssam” or vegetable leaf wraps, a unique Korean way to eat rice. A spoonful of rice is wrapped in vegetable leaves like lettuce, Chinese cabbage, sesame leaves, fresh seaweeds with the seasoned soybean sauce.
“Ssam jang” can also be used as dips for cucumber, carrots, pepper, celery and other vegetables you can think of. A 500 gram container costs 2,600 KRW ($2.60).