In addition to serving yangnyeomjang as a dipping sauce for Korean pancakes and dumplings, we spoon it over simple fried tofu or steamed vegetables (it's especially good with broccoli), toss it with soba and all kinds of Asian noodles, and use it as a marinade for meat, tofu, and tempeh. I can't tell you how many times this sauce has come to the rescue when we're too busy, lazy, or low on main ingredients to cook something complicated!
Yangnyeomjang - Korean Seasoning Sauce
Makes 1/4 cup
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
2 teaspoons gochugaru
2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, crushed or whole
1/2 teaspoon sugar or honey
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 scallion, chopped
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Taste and adjust quantities, if desired.
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