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Jan 6, 2012 06:34 PM

Ssambap-what can I expect?

What can I expect at a restaurant specializing in ssambap and what is the protocol.

I think I may have eaten ssambap or ssambap style before in that I have had Korean BBQ plenty of times and wrapped the meat in lettuce leaves along with other veggies, sesame-fermented bean paste sauce, and sesame oil-soy sauce dip. That counts as ssambap, right? Bap means rice, I think. What is the ssam part?

There is a restaurant nearby that just opened that specializes in ssambap, and I want to know more about this style of dining so that I can be in the know about what to expect when I go check the place out.

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  1. Ssam translates to "wrap." So the restaurant is a place that does rice wraps, like the ones you mention making at BBQ joints.

    I've never actually been to a ssam restaurant...I don't think we have any of those in this area. I'm curious to know how these places operate!