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Friday, November 11, 2011

Momofuku: Ssäm Lettuce Wraps

I was excited to try a Momofuku recipe at home. It was a test to gauge whether or not I should buy the Momofuku cookbook. Chef David Chang really brought out the essence of Asian fusion. This recipe actually comes from Ssäm bar, one of world's 50 best restaurants, and not Momofuku Ko, the famous two-michelin starred restaurant. It is easy and definitely worth making.

Ssäm Lettuce Wraps
If you know of great Momofuku recipes, please share with me. I think I am ready for another!

Individual Lettuce Wraps

Ssäm Bar Lettuce Wraps
from Serious Eats
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 thinly sliced yellow onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1.5lb hangar, skirt or flank steak
  • 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil
  • 3/4 tsp of sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 2 large heads of bibb lettuce, leaves separated and washed
  • 3 cups of cooked white rice
  1. In a freezer bag, combine the apple juice, 1/2 cup soy sauce, onion, garlic, and sesame oil. Add the steak and turn to coat. Marinate for 40 minutes at room temperature (or up to a 24 hours refrigerated).
  2. Combine the scallions, ginger, oil, sherry vinegar, and salt to taste in a bowl. Stir well to combine.
  3. In a small food processor, process the kimchi into a puree.
  4. Prepare a grill or heat a grill pan on high. Remove the steak from the marinade and grill to medium rare, 5-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the cut. For the first few minutes, baste with the marinade to infuse more flavor and glaze the exterior.
  5. Remove the steak to a platter and allow it to rest for a full five minutes. Slice against the grain on a 30 degree angle into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
  6. Serve the steak with the kimchi puree, ginger-scallion sauce, rice, and lettuce leaves for wrapping.


  1. Too tempting and too delicious to not bookmarking this recipe. A must make list :)

  2. i never really heard of this dish but i like lettuce wrap specially with meat inside.

  3. These pictures are gorgeous and this is a refreshing change from the flavors abounding right now. I'm in the mood for Asian flavors and this has to get book marked.

  4. I haven't tried any Momofuka recipes yet, but I can easily see this one being my first! It looks incredible!

  5. i love making ssam lettuce wraps. i grew up eating this (in my omnivore days)!

  6. Oh I want to eat this right away! It looks so fresh and flavourful :)

  7. I have Momofuku cookbook, I must say it is very good.
    These wraps look delicious...
    I can email you some recipe's of Momofuku if you want to try.

  8. Oh wow this does look delicious! I'm bookmarking now and will ask my husband to prepare the meat! It's right before lunch time and my stomach is very honest to what food looks good... it's making noise!

  9. These look so great with the mix of colors! I didn't get a copy of that book when it first came out, and I've been thinking lately I should have.

  10. This is a gorgeous recipe for sure...and I am with Lisa on the beautiful colors! Sounds like a fantastic book :)

  11. These look like the perfect bites. Wish I had more time during my NY trip to check out the Momofuku establishments.