Koreans love their barbecue, but even better they love the side dishes that accompany it. For that reason, I love pajori (green onion/scallion salad) because it is the best side dish when eating any type of BBQ dish at home. Most, if not all, Korean barbecue restaurants will carry this side dish and other lettuce varieties for a real satisfying meal. I still remember my favorite barbecue restaurant named Nongohl-jip, which is a chain throughout Seoul, and I would always go to the same location time and time again just for its awesome pajori. I’m not sure what they put in theirs, but I usually ended up eating 5 or 6 servings of it (to the dislike of the ajummas/waitresses working there). Well anyways, it’s pretty darn good to eat alone or with lettuce wraps, so make sure to give it a try when you are eating any type of BBQ.
- 2 tbsp Korean crushed red pepper (gochugaru)
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1/4 cup rice vinegar (Mirin)
- 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
- 12 ounces small scallions or green onions, thinly sliced
- Slice the scallions into 3-inch thin strips; the longer, the better.
- Place scallions into a large mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
- Taste a sample and incorporate either more sugar (for sweetness) or rice vinegar (for sour/acidic taste).
*This salad is best eaten at one sitting so make portions accordingly. Also, adding other green varieties will work in combination with the scallions.