[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

This version of a popular Korean dish is delicious and bright, with simple, easy to prepare ingredients. There are many different versions of ssam: grilled meat or fish might be wrapped around cabbage and lettuce, or meat may be the wrapper itself. Ssam are a great food to serve as part of a lively brunch—your guests can pick and choose the ingredients they want to wrap in their lettuce cup. If you're feeling inspired, there are many other additions that can really liven up a simple ssam. A personal favorite of mine are quickly pickled carrots or cucumbers.

When putting together the marinade for the shrimp, tailor it to your tastes. No matter how you serve it, crisp beer is the perfect accompaniment.

About the author: Sydney Oland lives in Somerville, Mass.  Find more information at sydneyoland.com (or read eatingnosetotail.com)

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