Earlier this week, I scooped Jin up from work in my Leaf and we had a lovely lunch date at Ssam Burger. While we did not have an opportunity to visit when the original owners were flipping the Asian patties, we are happy to report the restaurant is doing well under new management (as of March 2014).
Many menu items remain the same, and we went with the ever popular Seoul and Saigon burgers with fried sweet potato and lotus chips. Each complete little meal was under $10.
As I was commenting that the Saigon Burger was a tad spicy, Jin raised a neat little eyebrow and decisively said it was not. “Well, why is my tongue on fire then, I ask you?” as the heat began to intensify. I investigated and discovered raw jalepeno slices, and Jin scoffed at my lack of Asian spice fortitude as I picked them out (and she picked them up).
[Silent contemplation and moment of epiphany]
Saigon = Bánh mì. Though many a foodie would have been able to recognize this fact by mere instinct, I had to have a giant bite of jalapeño to bring me to my senses. Raw jalapeño eating is not in the Korean people handbook. I feel as if I should get a pass on this one. Me eat Kimchi, no raw jalapeño.
Motherly instinct finally kicked in, and Jin insisted that I drink my Thai bubble tea. Which brings me to why we raced over to Ssam Burger in the lunch rush traffic–free bubble tea via scoutmob!
Over all, we felt like the hand formed ground beef patties (Seoul Burger meat had a hint of soy sauce marinade), H & F buns, and great sauces (red pepper paste, sesame oil/seed base for Seoul Burger, lemon grass in Saigon) made for well balanced Asian burgers, which we would gladly come back for if ever in the area!
Do you ever have a hankering for Asian American fusion?
I personally prefer my burgers the standard American way, but was not disappointed by this culinary adventure!
2072 Defoors Ferry Rd NW
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm