We’re back with another intimate dinner party menu + prep schedule and this time we’re doing my spin on Bo Ssam!! Never heard of it before… prepare to be obsessed and read on!
There are only a handful of people on this planet that I trust implicitly and Matt and Adam are two of them. I’d do just about anything they told me to do unless it involved sheer cliffs and heights – that’s where I draw the line. But when they told me that they were obsessed with this Bo Ssam Dinner Party after reading all about it in the New York Times from none other than David Chang, I hopped right on board!
Bo Ssam at it’s simplest form is a slow-roasted pork shoulder served with lettuce, white rice and a whole bunch of sauces so you can dress it up. (and you all know how much I love a sauce) There are the traditional sauces that David Chang serves and then there is the Matt + Adam + Gaby spin which involves guacamole. Naturally. So buckle up – we threw a killer Bo Ssam Dinner Party a while back! All the recipes are below!
- Drinks: Crisp White Wine
- Dinner: Bo Ssam // Slow Roasted Korean Pork
- Sides and Sauces: Steamed White Rice, Ginger Scallion Sauce, Ssam Sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce, Guacamole + Pico de Gallo
- More Sides: Sesame Noodle Salad and Ginger Soy Herb Salad
Night before (sometime around 8pm)
- Prep the pork butt with the sugar and salt mixture and refrigerate overnight.
Morning of (sometime between 9am – 11am)
- Make the Ginger Scallion Sauce, Ssam Sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce, Guacamole + Pico de Gallo start to finish. Transfer each to a small bowl and top with plastic wrap.
- Chill white wine
- Make the salad dressing for the Ginger Soy Herb Salad and refrigerate
- Start cooking the pork. It will cook for 6 hours before it’s done, so plan on putting it into the oven 6ish hours before your guests arrive.
Afternoon of (sometime between 1pm – 3pm)
- Make the Sesame Noodle Salad dressing and prep all the vegetables. Cook the pasta and rinse with cold water. Transfer everything to the fridge and keep until ready to serve.
Right before guests arrive:
- Pop the white rice in a rice cooker to cook. Don’t open the lid until ready to serve.
- Toss ingredients together for the salad
- Transfer store bought kimchi into a serving vessel.
- Toss the pasta with water to break it up if needed and then drain. Toss with the dressing and vegetables and transfer to a serving platter.
- Remove the pork from the oven and transfer to a serving platter.
Before you sit down for dinner:
- Remove the Ginger Scallion Sauce, Ssam Sauce, Korean BBQ Sauce, Guacamole + Pico de Gallo from the plastic wrap and transfer to table.
- Arrange lettuce cups on a serving platter with charred tortillas
- Dress the salad
- Serve everything and enjoy!!
Photos by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson
What a feast!
What a fresh and tasty spread!
Now this is a great spread!!
This looks like the perfect meal for a weekend of entertaining. And I would love all the leftovers all week long!!
Beautiful spread and the food looks tasty too! 🙂
This looks like the ultimate dinner party!!
What a beautiful spread! This serve wear is to die for. I love how the whole thing just screams summer 🙂
SO delicious!! I want to have a Bo Ssam Party now!
This looks amazing ! Planning this for a Sunday dinner-but I am stumped as to what to serve for dessert-any ideas?
COOKIES!! Or maybe a fruit galette! https://whatsgabycooking.com/mixed-berry-peach-galette/
You can never go wrong with cookies but I love the galette idea-thanks for the response-love your blog and recipes-we tried the Tomato Basil Pasta last week-it was amazing!!
Bring on summer for all these backyard fun ideas!
Thats an incredible menu!
This looks amazing! Could I cook the meat in a smoker? Or should I stick to the oven?
I love the looks of this recipe. We will be traveling and I would love to bring this as one of our dinners. Would I be able to pre cook this and finish it later once I arrive at our destination?
yes! just re-heat and serve 🙂
Love the platters, Marocco trip?!
Williams Sonoma a few years back
Looks amazing! Any appetizer suggestions with this menu?
I usually don’t serve apps with this because its SO MUCH FOOD. But chips / salsa and guac would be my go to
Gaby – This sounds awesome! How many people would this dinner serve? Any suggestions for pre-dinner apps or dessert to go w/ this? Thanks!
6-8 people!! and I dont usually do apps with this one!! Dessert – cookies!
So it will just be two of us for Christmas but I need something to look forward to, so I’m planning on making this and halfing the recipes. Any thoughts on how to alter the cooking time for the pork?
just cook until it is easily shreddable
I think this recipe is fine as it is but it is really spreading misinformation. Bossam is a boiled pork dish from Korea, traditionally pork neck thought pork belly is also widely used. Bossam is never roasted-that’s like steaming beef and calling it “Steak.” Very little Korean cuisine uses ovens.
Looks so good. 2 questions!
1 – Would pork butt method be the same for chuck roast or any mods?
2 – How many people would you say this serves?
serves about 8 people – and I haven’t tested it with chuck roast
Love bo ssam! I’ve tried traditional recipes but never this one – I can’t wait. It’d be nice if you’d mention it’s Korean heritage in your post as well for those who are less familiar.
Do you cover the pork while it’s cooking for 6 hours?
Love the menu ideas. Tha ks