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Hello,
I wanted to buy some duk bo sam - looked all over HK Market and didn't find any... Am I blind or can someone tell me where to buy it?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Do you know a general translation in English or at least the Chinese characters?

    1. No I don't. They're the spare rice wraps served w/ korean bbq...

      1. they're sold in folded huge sheets in a clear package with vietnamese writing (blue and red writing I think). the package might just say "rice noodle." u have to cut them yourself and if the market refrigerates them, nuke them in the microwave. u can usually find them near the tofu section in korean markets.

        1. check the market across from beverly soon tofu on olympic just west of vermont. Ask them - it's a korean market, I'msure they'll sell it.

          1. I've been told from my Korean friends that duk bo sam is hard to come by in markets as they don't keep too well. That's why most Koreans just end up going out to the BBQ restaurants that make them daily and are known for them.

            As far as I know, the Vietnamese variety is a bit different in texture and taste. The Korean type is not only much smaller (in diameter) but also thicker and not translucent like the Vietnamese spring roll wrappers. The Korean variety is white in hue and almost mochi-like in consistency, if you will. Also, the Vietnamese wrappers need to be activated with a quick hot water bath while the Korean wraps are good to go.

            Nonetheless, if anyone knows where to purchase these, I'd like to know as well.

            1. Thanks for the info StivKaye - that's exactly what I was talking about. I've seen the translucent Vietnamese type but not the Korean variety... IMHO my marinade is getting pretty good but it would sure be nice to have some duk bo sam to wrap it in.

              1. the rice NOODLE (not paper) I'm talking about is vietnamese but its NOT the spring roll paper. they are literally folded SHEETS and u can cut them into squares. its mochi-like in consistency and is the same stuff they serve at korean restaurants. almost all korean markets have them. if the market stores them at room temperature, they should be fine but sometimes they keep them in the cold section (where the tofu is) and u need to microwave them for a little bit.

                1. I've seen them in almost every korean market - at the Hannam market on Olympic and Vermont, they were near the hot foods section the last time I noticed them. As olivexjina mentioned above, they come in sheets in a big square package with blue and red writing. Just cut them into quarters and you're good to go. Best thing would be to ask a worker for "dduk bo ssam" and I'm sure they'll direct you to the right aisle.

                  1. Cool. Thanks for the clarification. I'll check the Hannam and California Markets on Garden Grove Blvd.

                    1. Hey MeowMixx,
                      Question for you - I just checked Hannam nvear Vermont and Olympic w/ no luck. I looked in the refridgerated section near the hot foods but didnt see them... I asked and they didnt know what I was talking about - directed me to ramen style rice noodles. Are they in the refridgerated section? Or dry - what does the bag look like? How big is it?

                      1. I'm sorry you were unable to find them there :( The last time I saw them, they were piled up on a shelf RIGHT between the hot and cold section. They're flat packages maybe a bit smaller than a standard piece of paper, clear plastic with blue and red writing (sorry - I never actually read the writing but I think it was in vietnamese). They're not stocked in the refrigerated section - they're typically stocked at room temp. Sorry I can't be of more help - if I head out that way tomorrow, I'll scope out Hannam Chain and post again :)

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                        1. re: MeowMixx

                          Found it at HK Market in Glendale off Pacific Ave and they had heaps of it for about $2 a pack. They are larger sheets that can easily be cut into 4.

                          1. re: origin3000

                            I found these also at the Galleria Market on Western & Olympic, as well as AR Market on Garden Grove Blvd. I bought 2 packages, brought them home, put them in the fridge and got ready for bbq the next day. I was almost ready to start grilling some Korean BBQ but when I opened the package to start preparing the rice paper, I was surprised to see that the rice paper was not as elastic as its supposed to be, It would break in half if u bent a single square. The color, thickness and overall look was a perfect match to the ones I usually see in the restaurants. So I cut the large piece into 4 square blocks and I figured I would let it sit out on the table in room temperature, perhaps to thaw it out a bit. After a few hours, the consistency didn't change. Is there a special way to prepare these? Or did I end up buying the wrong thing? Please help!

                            1. re: TeK521

                              Again, dduk bo ssam is not rice paper. What you bought was probably a square version of the usual wrapping for Vietnamese salad rolls (goi cuon).

                              Dduk bo ssam are thick rice noodle squares. They look like this when cut down to size: http://tinyurl.com/m8meks (sorry I couldn't find a picture with the whole thing).

                              A suggestion: next time corner one of the employees and ask them for dduk bo ssam (if you pronounce it "duck bo sahm" you'll get close enough for success).

                              1. re: TeK521

                                you have to stick it in a bowl, add some water, and then nuke it briefly. the steam will soften it up very nicely. i have run into this same situation before and yes, i got the right kind- after steaming it tasted just like the restaurant stuff. just be sure you have the right item first- it should already be kind of moist and spongy ... kind of like a gigantic chow fun noodle- but yes, it may be slightly brittle when you first open the package.

                          2. I saw some at H-Mart in the Diamond Jamboree Plaza in Irvine. It was right near the register near the korean rice balls and dessert type stuff. In a plastic sleeve, 8x8 sheets with more of Vietnamese syle writing, but they were there! This stuff as a stand along item is more common in Viet/Chinese markets but Korean places are now carrying it for dduk bok ssam (which is a more "modern" way of eat KBBQ anyway) purposes.