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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: Mung bean sprout side dish | Fermented squid side dish | Cooked radish side dish | Kale Pancakes | Tofu pickles | Beef short ribs | Seaweed soup with beef | Stir-fried squid | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Salty beef side dish | Sweet potato rice | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Seasoned dried anchovies | Soybean sprout side dish | 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: Spicy fish soup | Dried pollock soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Fish cake soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold eggplant side dish | Seaweed soup with beef | Squid soup | Beef and radish soup | Beef short ribs soup | Mugwort soup | 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: Braised saury | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Spicy Braised Chicken | Army Base Stew | Spicy fish soup | Soft tofu stew | Ground-soybeans stew | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Barbecued beef stew | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Mapa tofu

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: Napa cabbage kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | White 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: Sweet pumpkin rice | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Sweet potato rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Fried rice | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Raw fish with rice and vegetables

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: Korean spicy dipping sauce | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Green chili pepper pickles | Radish salad | Broccoli pickles | Fermented squid side dish | Salty beef side dish | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Roasted seaweed sheets | Napa cabbage kimchi | Fried Gochujang | 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: Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Dumpling wrappers | Hand-torn noodle soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Korean ramen | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy raw fish soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soupSee 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: Breaded cod fillets | Kale Pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Potato pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Pollock pancake | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Green onion pancake | Squash pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beefSee 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: Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | 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: Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Mugwort rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | 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: Seaweed rice rolls | Seasoned dried anchovies | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Kimchi pancake | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Fried Gochujang | Broccoli pickles | Fried rice | Green chili pepper pancake | Potato salad | Rolled omelette sidedish | Tuna pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | 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: Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Ginseng jujube tea

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: Ginger cookies | Candied sweet potato | Rice cake | Rice cake | Steamed pear | Chestnut cookies | Sweet red bean jelly | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Sesame peanut candy | Sugar candy | Mugwort rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Baked sweet pastry | 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: Potato salad | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Kimchi pancake | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Green onion pancake | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Fish cakes | Squash pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Pollock pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | 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: Abalone and rice porridge | Seaweed rice rolls | Spicy fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Beef short ribs soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Grilled beef | Spicy pork BBQ | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Korean ramen | Spicy mixed noodles | Spicy whelks with noodles | 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: Ponytail kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Easy-to-make kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | White Kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi

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: Spicy mixed noodles | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Braised chicken with vegetables | Kimchi fried rice | Cold eggplant side dish | Ginger tea | Radish salad | Green chili pepper pickles | Army Base Stew | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Kimchi pancake | Cubed radish kimchi | 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: Ginger cookies | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Sweet red bean soup | Fried squid | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Braised beef short ribs | White steamed rice cake | Squash pancakes | Ground-soybeans stew | Mung bean sprout side dish | Seaplant salad | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Hand-torn 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: Fried rice | King-size kimchi dumplings | Ox-bone soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Beef short ribs soup | Beef and radish soup | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Grilled beef | Dumplings | Salty beef side dish | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | 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 | Green chili pepper pancake | Chicken and rice porridge | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Ginseng chicken soup | Mapa tofu | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Braised chicken with vegetables

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: King-size kimchi dumplings | Kimchi soup | Dumplings | Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | Army Base 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: Spicy fish soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Dried pollock soup | Seasoned dried anchovies | Soft tofu stew | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Roasted seaweed sheets | Squid soup | Abalone and rice porridge | Seaplant salad | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Mugwort soup | 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 | Toasted sesame seeds | Dumpling wrappers | Soybean sprouts | 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: Strawberry jam | Tuna Sandwich | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Strawberry Milkshake | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Bread rolls | Broccoli salad | Fish head Mee Hoon | Kimchi hot dog | Steamed chicken rice
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