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kbbq dipping sauce?

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This is mainly for those in los angeles, but if you know what sauce I'm referring to chime in...

At korean bbq restaurants, they serve meat with a brownish sauce. Looks kinda like soy meets ponzu meets sugar. Anybody know what's in it? Usually served with jalapenos and garlic in the sauce.

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  1. Most likely it's Ssamjang, a blend of gochujang (red chili pepper paste) and doenjon (soy bean paste). In some places it will be more red than brown (indicates more gochujang), in others more brown than red (indicates more doenjon). You can get small tubs of these at almost any Korean market. Simply mix the two together until you get the "right" taste, then dice or chop some garlic, onion, and jalapeno, and add to the sauce.
    Best when served with some type of large green leaf (lettuce/cabbage/perilla etc).

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    1. re: hannaone

      That's the other sauce it comes with. This is more watery, not pasty at all.

      1. re: ns1

        I think it's basically as you described: soy sauce, a pinch of sugar, xslivered garlic, jalapenos, toasted sesame seeds. I don't think there's any vinegar in it.