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Side dishes "Banchan" (102 recipes)

Banchan often translated as "side dishes" are an essential part of any Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they are the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Spicy raw fish soup | Grilled mackerel | Aster scaber side dish | Squid soup | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Beef short ribs | Ramp pancakes | Mung bean sprout side dish | Braised saury | Salty beef side dish | Collard greens side dishes | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | See all side dish recipes

Soups (26 recipes)

Korean soup, or guk is an essential element of Korean food culture. Many Koreans feel that along with rice, kimchi, and banchan, no meal is complete without it.

Also: Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Rice cake soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Fish cake soup | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Cold eggplant side dish | Kimchi soup | Squid soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Soybean sprout soup | Spicy fish soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | See all soup recipes

Stews (14 recipes)

A thick stew, or jjigae, served communally, piping hot, and in an earthenware bowl, is for many the epitome of comfort food.

Also: Mapa tofu | Soft tofu stew | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy fish soup | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Spicy Braised Chicken | Braised saury | Army Base Stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Ground-soybeans stew

Types of Kimchi (11 recipes)

Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish made of seasoned vegetables and salt. Koreans eat it at nearly every meal. It can be fresh, like a salad, or it can be fermented. While the most popular variety is spicy kimchi made of cabbage, there are hundreds of different types of kimchi made of different vegetables, and not all of them spicy. Kimchi is also a main ingredient in many other Korean dishes.

Also: Radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi

Rice (12 recipes)

Rice is at the center of every Korean meal, with very few exceptions. These recipes express the variety and beauty of the most important grain in Korean cuisine.

Also: Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Sweet pumpkin rice | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Fried rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Sweet potato rice

Preserved side dishes "Mitbanchan" (20 recipes)

Korean mitbanchan are essential side dishes that are well-preserved and kept on hand in large batches. The most well-known example is kimchi. With a few of these on hand, you can quickly make a delicious, nutritious meal by serving a few portions on small dishes with fresh rice.

Also: Spicy bellflower root side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Perilla leaf pickles | Tofu pickles | Green chili pepper pickles | Broccoli pickles | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Fermented squid side dish | Napa cabbage kimchi | Fried Gochujang | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Soybean side dish | Radish salad | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | See all mitbanchan recipes

Noodles (15 recipes)

Korea has a long history of noodle making and eating. Korean noodles, called "guksu" or "myeon" are everyday food, but also frequently served on birthdays and weddings. Traditionally a long noodle symbolizes a long life, so serving it to someone on their birthday expresses your desire that they live long and happily.

Also: Cold spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Dumpling wrappers | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy mixed noodles | Korean ramenSee all noodle recipes

Pancakes (16 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancake," but jeon are not just a breakfast food, they're eaten at all meals as side dishes, or as snacks. At their simplest they're food coated in flour and egg and then pan-fried with a bit of oil. Some incorporate vegetables, meat, and fish into a batter which is pan-fried with a bit of oil. Hoddeok is not jeon, but it's closer to the western idea of a pancake.

Also: Potato pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Pollock pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ramp pancakes | Green onion pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Kale Pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Squash pancakesSee all pancake recipes

Porridges (4 recipes)

Korean porridge or juk, is made by slow-boiling rice or some other grain, in water, often with other ingredients as well. Porridge has long been an essential part of the Korean diet, and because it's so easy on the system, it's great for people recovering from illness or surgery.

Also: Abalone and rice porridgeBlack sesame seeds porridge

BBQ (9 recipes)

The Korean method of grilling beef, pork, chicken, or other types of meat, usually usually involves having a grill right on (or sometimes in) the table, where people can talk, cook, and eat at the same time. Usually the meat is in small pieces, and are wrapped into bite-sized lettuce leaf packages (ssam) with garlic, vegetables, seasoning sauce, salt, and/or sesame oil.

Also: Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly | Doenjang pork skewers | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok in Korean, is a much-loved traditional dish with many many variations. No festival day, anniversary, or celebrations is complete without them. They are very chewy, and may be an acquired taste, but once you get hooked you'll crave them all the time.

Also: Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (23 recipes)

Dosirak (also spelled "doshirak") are Korean packed lunchboxes, usually made at home, but sometimes store-bought. They are similar to Japanese bento or Indian tiffin, and are usually made with a few different vegetable and meat side dishes, some kimchi, and a serving of rice.

Also: Broccoli pickles | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Fried rice | Pollock pancake | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Tuna pancake | Fried Gochujang | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Potato salad | Green chili pepper pancake | Rolled omelette sidedish | Steamed shishito peppers | Roasted seaweed sheets | See all dosirak recipes

Drinks (5 recipes)

Koreans have long made punches, teas, and alcoholic beverages at home, using the fruits, grains, and herbs at hand to give them flavor and variety.

Also: Ginseng jujube tea | Soju Watermelon Cocktail

Desserts (25 recipes)

Traditionally, Korean meals don't usually have desserts served at the end. The sweet things in this category are meant to be served on special occasions, by themselves as refreshments, or with tea.

Also: Sweet red bean soup | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Rice cake | Sugar candy | Candied sweet potato | White steamed rice cake | Steamed pear | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Chestnut cookies | Ginseng jujube tea | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (27 recipes)

A Korean meal doesn't usually have an appetizer as Western meals do. Side dishes may come out first, but are considered part of the main meal, not as a prelude. These dishes, however, could be used as appetizers in a Western meal.

Also: Seasoned dried anchovies | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Pollock pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Seasoned acorn jelly | Butternut squash porridge | Potato pancakes | Squash pancakes | Green onion pancake | Fish cakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (68 recipes)

Traditionally the main dish of any Korean meal is rice, which is supported by soup and banchan. However, in Korean restaurants these dishes are often presented to customers as main dishes.

Also: Easy Korean beef BBQ | Fried rice | Spicy whelks with noodles | Grilled beef | Hand-torn noodle soup | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Spicy pork BBQ | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Steamed pork buns | Raw fish platter | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Grilled pork belly | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | See all main dish recipes

Fermented dishes (14 recipes)

Korean cuisine has a long, rich history of fermentation going back thousands of years, and it's part of what makes Korean food distinctly Korean and incredibly delicious. These recipes range from the light and tangy to the deep and complex.

Also: Korean spicy dipping sauce | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Ponytail kimchi | White Kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce

Pickles (4 recipes)

Korean pickles - called jangajji (장아찌) - are usually brined quickly in soy sauce and make a perfect side dish with rice. The keep for a long time and their character changes as they age.

Also: Cucumber pickles

Spicy Recipes (71 recipes)

Chili peppers were first introduced to Korea in the 16th century, and from there there was no looking back: Koreans love a good spicy dish and use chili peppers in a number of dishes, most famously in many kinds of kimchi.

Also: Maangchi's fried chicken | Ponytail kimchi | Braised chicken with vegetables | Cucumber pickles | Seasoned dried anchovies | Soft tofu stew | Army Base Stew | Spicy Braised Chicken | Spicy whelks with noodles | Kimchi soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Green chili pepper pickles | Radish salad | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (117 recipes)

Not all Korean dishes are crazy-hot spicy! Korean cuisine uses a wide range of condiments and seasonings, among them soy sauce, doenjang, sugar, black peppers, vinegar, garlic, and a panapoly of mountain herbs too.

Also: Steamed pork buns | Seaplant salad | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Green onion pancake | Hand-torn noodle soup | Seaweed rice rolls | Mung bean sprout side dish | Sweet red bean soup | Cucumber pickles | King-size kimchi dumplings | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (26 recipes)

Beef has traditionally been expensive in Korea, so beef dishes almost always use the ingredient in moderation, often mixed with (or wrapped in) vegetables.

Also: Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Braised beef short ribs | Dumplings | Rice cake soup | Grilled beef | Seaweed soup with beef | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Beef and radish soup | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Salty beef side dish | Ox-bone soup | See all beef recipes

Chicken dishes (12 recipes)

Korean fried chicken (a. k. a. "KFC") is a popular modern Korean dish with many variations, but traditionally Koreans prepared chicken in porridges, soups, and stews.

Also: Popcorn chicken gizzards | Chicken and rice porridge | Ginseng chicken soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Mapa tofu | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken

Pork & porkbones dishes (11 recipes)

For a long time, eating pork was discouraged in Korea, so most uses of the ingredient are relatively recent. Koreans made up for lost time, however, with some truly delicious and iconic pork dishes.

Also: Spicy pork BBQ | Dumplings | Steamed pork buns | Doenjang pork skewers | King-size kimchi dumplings | Army Base Stew | Kimchi soup | Kimchi stew

Seafood dishes (37 recipes)

Most of Korea is a small peninsula, so Korean cuisine has a wealth of seafood dishes, prepared in many different ways: boiled, braised, roasted, grilled, dried, fermented, and raw.

Also: Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Mugwort soup | Seasoned dried anchovies | Raw fish platter | Fish cakes | Spicy raw fish soup | Tuna pancake | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Spicy fish soup | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Dried pollock soup | Roasted seaweed sheets | Fried squid | Seaweed soup with mussels | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (8 recipes)

Some ingredients used in other recipes are traditionally made at home instead of store bought. The quality of homemade is almost always better.

Also: Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Soybean sprouts | Toasted sesame seeds | Dumpling wrappers | Fish cakes

Non-Korean recipes (13 recipes)

These delicious recipes are not natively or traditionally Korean. They're ethic recipes taught to Maangchi by some of her readers, or Korean fusion experiments.

Also: Tuna Sandwich | Strawberry jam | Steamed chicken rice | Broccoli salad | Bread rolls | Kimchi hot dog | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Fish head Mee Hoon | Strawberry Milkshake
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