On my husband's birthday, I cook Bossam as main dish for his birthday meal since we both love this dish. Bossam is a Korean boiled pork dish where the meat is eaten with veggie wrap (ssam). The boiled pork belly is called 수육 suyuk or 돼지고기 수육 dweji-goji suyuk in Korean. While the ssam normally consist of lettuce, perilla leaves, salted napa cabbage, mulsaengchae, saewujeot (salted fermented shrimp), raw oyster or anything that up to your preference. Below are the ingredients for the ssam (wrap) that I prepared for that day:-
Slices onions, garlics, chilli peppers & ssamjang.Greens ~ Lettuce & perilla leaves.
Mulsaengchae (Radish Salad). Cut Kimchi
The wraps are easy to prepare without needed any recipe, except ssamjang, cut kimchi and Mulsaengchae. You may click on the title of these 3 items later for the recipe. Meanwhile I will share how to cook the suyuk (boiled pork belly) at below:
Ingredients (For Suyuk):
Pork belly in whole & wide cut - 1kg
Yellow onion - 1/2 pc
Green onion white parts - 2 stalks
Garlic cloves - 8 pcs
Ginger slice - 2 pcs
Black peppers - few dash
Dwenjang - 1-1/2 tablespoon
*Brewed coffee - 1/2 cup
Water - 8 to 10 cups
* Brewed coffee can be substitute with 1 teaspoon of instant coffee powder
How to cook:
Step 1. In a pot, put in all the ingredients (except pork belly), let it boil over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
Step 2. Add the whole pork belly, continue to let it boil for 20 minutes without cover under medium high heat.
Step 3. After 20 mins, reduce the heat to medium low, continue to let it boil with cover this time for another 20 to 30 mins. Boil until the meat is very tender then it is done.
Tips: If you are not going to consume the boiled pork belly so soon, leave it soak in the broth to keep the meat moist and warm.
Simple, isn't it? This is my first attempt cooking suyuk for bossam and it is success in one try! Give a try if you like Bossam tooo. Happy cooking Everyone!