wraps with spicy & savory dipping sauces

1 year ago, I went to my good friend’s house & ate the most delicious steamed/boiled pork belly in my entire life. I demanded the recipe recently & she provided. Thank you my love Jin Song! The recipe is so amazing I have made it 3 yes THREE times in the last month. If that doesn’t say enough~ my praise n’ post here def should. If you are needing to provide a hearty yet impressive meal- here is your new go-to!

Bossam (보쌈) is a boiled pork dish. The meat is boiled in a flavorful broth until very moist as served thinly sliced. When ready, every person wraps the meat in salted napa cabbage along with radish salad musaegchae) &  salted shrimp. Salted napa cabbage or fresh Kimchi is traditional, but you can also use lettuce and/or perilla leaves and fresh homemade kimchi to make wraps.

Bossam/보쌈 (serves 2)


1 piece of ginger- thumb size

10 cloves of garlic

half a medium sized onion

2 large pieces of pork single rib belly 생상겹살/수육 (1 ft long, cut if half)

1 tablespoon instant coffee

1-2 heaping tablesoon of soybean paste 뒨장

1 teaspoon of ground pepper

1 large cinnamon stick

Get all these ingredients  (all can be found at your nearest asian or Korean grocer) & put in a deep medium non stick pot.

add 8 cups of water. The water level should blanket the pork completely.

boil for 10 mins on high heat. Reduce the heat to medium heat for 30 mins.

Let the meat cool in the pot. When everything is cooled down, discard everything but the 4 pork chunks. You can save the garlic for wraps.

Cut every piece in about 1 -2 cms thick! (this is the ideal size for optimal flavor!)

fourth green onions and dice the half of the last onion you used into small slivers.

Make your dipping sauces!


5 table spoon 새우젓 (salted shrimp crevette)
1/2 table spoon 깨소금 (crushed sesame seeds)
1.5 table spoon water
1/2  table spoon 고춧가루 (Korean red chili powder)
1 table spoon sugar
Put that in the freezer for al least an hour.


5 table spoon of 된장 (fermented soybean paste)
1 table spoons sugar
2 table spoons mayo
1 teaspoon 깨소금 (crushed sesame seeds)
4 table spoons diced green onion
1 table spoon sesame oil
1/2 table spoon 고춧가루 (Korean red chili powder)

Serve both in small Korean sauce dishes.

It isn’t just about those sauces!

When eating bosaam, FRESH home made kimchi is best. Make it the day of, or the day before. Trust me! It is so flavorful I skip the salted napa cabbage and just wrap directly in kimchi.

My fave thing to do for the best taste- one piece of pork, one piece of white onion, one piece of green onion, one piece of homemade kimchi, dip that all in a little 쌈장- ahhhh perfecto.

Serve with your other fave Korean side dishes and piping hot bowl of rice!