Ssam Inspired Veggie Wraps

May 24, 2021

Ssam (or “wrapped”, in Korean) is a Korean dish that traditionally involves a leafy vegetable wrapped around a meat filling. The essential ingredient here is ssamjang, a spicy bean paste, which is often accompanied with rice, onion, and other cooked veggies. In this version, the central pork belly is swapped for seared tofu and eggplant. 


1 romaine heart, cut off at the shoot

1 Chinese eggplant

1 box firm tofu



Serve with scallions and sesame seeds


  1. Slice tofu and eggplant and tofu into 2-inch by ½-inch strips. 
  2. Heat 1-2 tsp olive oil in a pan over medium heat, and add eggplant. When the eggplant starts to sizzle, add ¼ cup water to steam the eggplant. When the water has fully soaked into the eggplant, add more oil and the tofu. Turn the heat up to high, and sear until brown.
  3. Serve over rice in lettuce cups. Top with ssamjang, scallions, and sesame seeds.

This recipe was created by Local Roots Recipe Contributor Rachel He (@rachelyhe)

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