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Taste Test: Momofuku Ssäm Sauce

Ssäm Sauce from New York’s Momofuku restaurants is available for nationwide shipping at store.momofuku.com.
Ssäm Sauce from New York’s Momofuku restaurants is available for nationwide shipping at store.momofuku.com.

▪ THE PRODUCT: Momofuku Ssäm Sauce.

▪ THE STORY: Since 2004, Ssäm Sauce has been a tried-and-true condiment on various dishes at chef David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants in New York: steamed buns, fried chicken and slow-roasted pork shoulder, to name a few. Now, it’s available for nationwide shipping, so home cooks can experiment with its spicy, sweet flavor from a base of Korean gochujang chile paste spiked with soy sauce, sake, miso and rice vinegar.

▪ THE TASTE TEST: Sayonara, Sriracha. Ssäm Sauce is the new must-try addition for any dish that cries out for a little pep. The flavor is something like sweet hoisin plus hot sauce plus ketchup, full of umami and sweet, slow-building heat. There’s no need to limit it to Asian foods, although a glob added to stir-fried rice was the best thing to come out of my kitchen in recent days. It brings a new flavor dimension to pizza, burgers, grilled chicken, baked potatoes, braised meats, pasta sauces and more. If you like Sriracha, you’ll love Ssäm Sauce.

▪ THE PRICE: 11-ounce bottles from $7.50.

▪ WHERE: Available at store.momofuku.com.

Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: 305-376-4624, @EvanBenn

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