Light Soupy Dinner at Ssambap Korean BBQ Restaurant, Penang
One of my favorite meals is a light soupy dinner at Ssambap Korean BBQ Restaurant with FREE small complimentary dishes that are served with every meal. I have been to Korea twice on holidays in the past decade and love the fresh vegetables in every meal.
Kimchi is a condiment that Koreans must have at meals. It’s like sambal belacan to the Malaysians. This is a fermented cabbage (sometimes Korean radish, or cucumber) fermented in a brine of garlic, ginger, green onion, and chili pepper.
Kimchi is usually served as a side dish. It can be cooked into soups and rice dishes.
The complexity in the taste of kimchi is the formation time and by people in different regions of Korea. Korea makes Kimchi in different ways with different kinds of ingredients.
Pride of place in every home, every homemaker has a secret recipe that calls for making it more salty, or sour.
In Korea seaside towns, the recipe for kimchi may include some raw seafood. Squids, oysters and other raw seafood is used.
Kimchi is often cited for its health benefits. It has been included in Health magazine’s “World’s Healthiest Foods”.
Most of my dinner outings to a Korean restaurant are for Bulgogi불고기. This literally “fire meat”, the BBQ/ grilled thin, marinated slices of beef or pork dishes.
Sometimes we have the Samgyetang (삼계탕) a chicken soup made with a small, whole chicken stuffed with a little gluttonous rice and ginseng.
This is a beloved iconic summer dish in Korea.
Tonight we wanted something light for a late dinner.
We ordered the red “fiery” looking Kimchi-jjigae. This stew is a jjigae, or stew-like Korean dish, made with kimchi.
We order two sets. One with Tufo and the other seafood. The other ingredients in the stew include scallions, onions, and mushrooms. It is one of the most common jjigae in Korea.
The delish stew is served in a ttukbaegi, Korean earthenware bowls, and pots used to cook many Korean dishes and keep the temperature boiling hot! Warning! The pot is very hot!. You can only lift it with a Korean Clay pot tong.
I really like this Korean Stone Bowl made with premium ceramic is retains the heat for sizzling hot pot for Bibimbap and soups.
The taste is perfect, full-bodied soup and most delicious way of eating kimchi broth.
What we love is “Banchan”. This is the small dishes of food served along with cooked rice in Korean cuisine.
The verdict. Heart-warming and filling without feeling bloated. This is one of the best dinner meals I enjoyed.
Lots of Free Side Dishes
Behold nine types of healthy Korean vegetable side dishes (banchan, 반찬) served. There is almost no oil used in cooking and food preparation. We could taste the freshness and sweetness of the vegetables.
We returned the cockles and fish cakes and took all the vegan dishes.
Our favorites are the Kimchi and Oi Muchim (Spicy Cucumber Salad)
Saver’s Tip: The dishes are refillable and complimentary. (FREE)
Ssambap Korean Restaurant @ All Seasons Place | Lot 6G-1-11
Telephone: 04-637 0693
Business Hours: 11AM–3PM, 5–10PM