Around the New Year holidays, the popularity of pork dishes around the world increases. That is because people in many countries believe pigs bring good fortune. Banh chung in Vietnam, schweinshaxe in Germany, cotechino con lenticchie in Italy are just some of the examples. In Korea, there is also a pork dish believed to bring good fortune. That is bossam, the hero of this article.
Bossam is a boiled pork dish that does not have a pork smell. Slices of pork are wrapped in cabbage along with spicy radish or pickled shrimp. This symbolizes wrapping and consuming good luck which the pig is symbolic of.
The dish is particularly popular as a late night meal, perhaps because it is low in calories and it is not greasy.
Bossam on TV
The Wanna One band members appeared on KBS TV program Happy Together Season 3 and played several games with the hosts, where the prizes were various night snacks including bossam, tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake), and ramyeon (instant noodles). They competed especially hard to get bossam. Watching the Wanna One have the dish, hosts commented, “You eat it so deliciously, a bossam company may cast you for a commercial.”
Main ingredients: 600g pork neck, 700g cabbage, 600g radish, 100g pear, 15g pickled shrimp, 1/2 tsp. sesame oil, 1 tsp. sesame seeds, salt to taste, 14g green onion, 6 cloves of garlic, 1 root of ginger, 1 tsp. peppercorns, 14g soybean paste, 1/3 cup of rice wine
Sauce ingredients: 336g rep pepper powder, 10g chopped garlic, 14g chopped spring onion, 13g sugar, 21g oligosaccharide, 7g ginger juice
How to Make Bossam
1. Cut the pork neck into 3 parts.
2. Put the soybean paste in 10 cups of water; add the green onion, ginger, garlic, peppercorns, and meat and boil for about 50 minutes.
3. Cut radish into large strings.
4. Slice the onion and pear.
5. Mix the cut vegetables with the sauce ingredients in a bowl.
6. Chop the pickled shrimp and mix with sesame seeds and oil.
7. Slice the boiled meat about 4mm thin.
8. Serve the meat on a plate along with the radish salad, pickled shrimp, and cabbage leaves.
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