Bo Ssam Dinner Party Menu

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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!

Bo Ssam Dinner Party Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)


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 Dinner Party Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)

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!

Bo Ssam Dinner Party Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)

Full Menu:

Bo Ssam Dinner Party Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)

Prep Schedule

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:

Bo Ssam Dinner Party Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)
Bo Ssam Dinner Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)
Bo Ssam Dinner Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)
Bo Ssam Dinner Menu from (@whatsgabycookin)

Photos by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson


  1. 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.

  2. 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?

    Thank you!

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

    Thank you!!!!

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