Korean Lettuce wrap, Sangchu Ssam (상추쌈)

Thank you Min-Hee Choe Hill, Min-Hee Gardens for this wonderful recipe.As we learn more about Korean cuisine, the more we like it!    Min-Hee and Damon grow the Korean red lettuce which is prefect for wraps — large, sturdy leaves that are still tender and tasty.

Korean Lettuce wrap, Sangchu Ssam (상추쌈)

With Beef Bulgogi, Ssamjang and Rice


Bulgoki Recipe


  1. 3 lb. tri-tip, Slice ¼ inch thick and tenderize with knife.
  2. ½  cup rice wine (Jung-Jong)
  3. ¼ cup soy sauce
  4. 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  5. 2 tsp sesame seed, toasted and ground
  6. 3 Tbsp Rice Syrup
  7. 2 Pear, juiced or substitute for 1 Tbsp sugar
  8. 1 onion, thinly sliced
  9. 8 clove garlic,  Mashed then large pieces minced

In a large bowl combine ingredients 2-8 mix well

Add sliced beef and mix well with hand.

Marinate in the refrigerator overnight.

Grill lightly brown.


Ssam Jang is the special sauce that is used for Ssam Bap translates to ‘wrapped rice’ and the wrap can be anything from lettuce leaves to cabbage. But Ssam bap is most commonly eaten as some sort of protein (beef, chicken, pork) wrapped with rice and ssam jang (wrap sauce) in lettuce leaves. You can also dip in pepper or Garlic.  Everyone has their own ideas about this condiment, so there’s a lot of variation. I like mine to be thick enough so it does not drip. If you prefer earthier flavors and less spice, then you can also reverse the amount of kochujang and daenjang in the recipe.

SsamJang condiment recipe

1/4 cup gochujang (red pepper paste)

1 cup daenjang (soybean paste)

8 cloves garlic, Mashed then large pieces minced

6 green onions, Thinly sliced

1 Tbsp sugar

1 Tbsp sesame oil

2 tsp sesame seed, toasted and ground

Mix all Ingredients well until texture is smooth.

Marinate over night.

Refrigerate for storage.



Hector’s Honey is a Sonoma County treasure.  That’s what his customers think

Wednesday and Saturday markets year round.   2794 Fulton Rd Fulton CA 95439. 707.579.9416  or 707.328.1813

Besides honey, Hector and his wife Sandra grow a variety of produce and sell year round at the Santa Rosa Original Certified Farmers Market.  They attend both the Wednesday and Saturday Markets.

The gallery of photos feature some from Hector’s farm as well as his stand at the market.  You can see Armenian cucumbers on the vine.  Hector frequently has nopales at his stand as well.   Hector has a flock of Araucuna chickens which lay pastel eggs.

Hector has tomatillos but not just any tomatillos.   From Chowhound

“Here’s my old post on coming across tomatillo milpero for the first time at a farmstand in Salinas. It has a photo so you can see the size difference with regular tomatillos.
The ones from Hector’s were a little larger than those, almost an inch in diameter. The flavor is more concentrated, and since I pan roast them on the stove top, I think the increased surface to volume ratio picks up more smoky notes too. They taste riper and fuller to me with an acidity that is less biting.”

Hector’s seasonal produce and fruit are grown less than three miles from the market — now that’s eating local.


From Sonoma Picnics

Notes and Quotes from Sonoma County Beekeepers:

An Interview with Hector Alvarez

by Jack Burton

Hector’s Apiaries Services

Pollination – Honey – Beeswax – Candles – Pollen

707-579-9416 Santa Rosa

Hector in the spring is busy checking on all his hives. He feels the weight of each hive, judging how much honey the bees still have left from the last season. If a hive seems light, he will feed that hive’s bees with honey to give them a good start for the coming months’ work.

In early spring, the hives are placed in almond, prune and apple orchards to pollinate the trees in bloom.

By April, they go to the flower garden that will produce the distinctive honeys Hector and his family sell throughout the county. The Healdsburg Farmers Market is a good place to find them Saturday mornings and Tuesday afternoons throughout the long market season.

April is also the time for splitting the hives, and Hector raises all his own queen bees to regenerate new colonies from healthy, active, seasoned ones.

The health of his bees is foremost on Hector’s mind when he plans the seasonal placements of his hives. He only chooses places free of pesticide and chemical spraying.

It is good to know that your honey and bee products are coming from bees happy this spring in their wildflowers, blackberries and star thistle.



Sage and Honey Citrus Syrup

Chef Jack Burton

Gently boil for one minute:

1 C Sage honey

1/4 C Lemon juice

6 Fresh sage leaves

Remove from the heat and steep.

Strain and use as a condiment with fruit,

cakes, cheeses, breads, what-have-you.