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David Chang's Bo SSam recipe: anyone make it yet?

teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 08:36 AM

Going to make this for Super Bowl, along with a variety of Moroccan salads. I try never to make something for the first time for a party, so I'm wondering if anyone has made it and found it works as advertised? Ideas for sides? Thanks.

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  1. splatgirl RE: teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 09:48 AM


    It's delicious. Make two. I served mine with the traditional accompaniments of oysters, seaweed salad and kimchi, which, as expected, my guests really didn't embrace. Of course the rice and lettuce cups were a-ok.

    ETA that it's really not the most mind blowing pork shoulder I've ever made or eaten. It's pretty hard to go wrong with melty, crispy pork in any genre.

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    1. re: splatgirl
      C. Hamster RE: splatgirl Jan 17, 2013 02:43 PM

      Next time invite me! I like the oysters, kimchi and seaweed salad better!

      Just kidding... I'll eat the whole menu.

    2. MVNYC RE: teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 11:09 AM

      I made it for the super bowl once as well. Follow the directions to a tee. I tasted a piece while cooking and was worried it would be too salty but it turned out great. Make those sauces too, the ginger scallion one is especially good.

      1. c oliver RE: teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 11:27 AM

        A friend of mine has made it a couple of times and raves about it. It's on my work-in-process menu for when our kids (and their babies) are here in a couple of weeks.

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          LUV_TO_EAT RE: teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 11:57 AM

          Massive thread on the subject here:


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          1. re: LUV_TO_EAT
            teezeetoo RE: LUV_TO_EAT Jan 17, 2013 01:57 PM

            thanks so much for the link! excited to try it.

          2. C. Hamster RE: teezeetoo Jan 17, 2013 02:46 PM

            Has anyone tried mixing the goguchang based sauce back into the meat before serving?

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            1. re: C. Hamster
              splatgirl RE: C. Hamster Jan 17, 2013 04:25 PM

              I think part of the allure is the textural differences of the meat when left in a big chunk vs. it being pre-pulled or shredded as you are implying. So I wouldn't do this, but I do think the sauce is delicious. I used up the leftovers on whatever I could find to grill.

            2. skinnybacon RE: teezeetoo Jan 21, 2013 12:38 PM

              My bo ssam is actually in the oven right now! Instead of rubbing the pork with half salt/half sugar like the recipe suggests, I'd recommend 1 part salt to 2 parts sugar.

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