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Side dishes "Banchan" (88 recipes)

Banchan are side dishes served at a Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they're considered to be the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Fried Gochujang | Raw fish platter | Tuna pancake | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Radish salad | Cucumber pickles | Ramp pancakes | White Kimchi | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Beef and radish soup | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Lamb's Quarters side dish | Emergency kimchi | Seaplant salad | See all banchan 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 | Spicy radish and beef soup | Young summer radish water kimchi | Fish cake soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Squid soup | Mugwort soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Rice cake soup | Beef short ribs soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | See all soup recipes

Stews (9 recipes)

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

Also: Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Soft tofu stew | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy fish soup | Braised saury | Ground-soybeans stew

Types of Kimchi (17 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: Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Kimchi pancake | White Kimchi | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Kimchi stew | Napa cabbage kimchi | Kimchi soup | Kimchi fried rice | Kimchi hot dog | Young summer radish water kimchi | Radish water kimchiSee all kimchi recipes

Noodles (14 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 | Korean ramen | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Braised chicken with vegetables | Hand-torn noodle soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Homestyle chicken noodle soup

Pancakes (13 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancakes," 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: Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Squash pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Ramp pancakes | Potato pancakes | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake | Kale Pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers

Porridges (5 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 porridge | Black 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: Easy Korean beef BBQ | Kimchi hot dog | Doenjang pork skewers | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok 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: Rainbow rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rice cake | Rice cake | Rice cake soup | Mugwort rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (19 recipes)

Dosirak (also "dosirak") 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: Pollock pancake | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Tuna pancake | Green chili pepper pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seaweed rice rolls | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Roasted seaweed sheets | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Steamed shishito peppers | 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 (26 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: Rice cake | Rice cake | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Ginger cookies | Candied sweet potato | Steamed pear | Ginger tea | Rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Black sesame seeds porridge | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Sweet red bean soup | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (36 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: Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Hot and spicy rice cake | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Pollock pancake | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Radish water kimchi | Fried squid | Broccoli pickles | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Ramp pancakes | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Kimchi pancake | Seasoned raw beef | Dumplings | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (57 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: Braised beef short ribs | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Grilled pork belly | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Spicy raw fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Grilled beef | Beef short ribs soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Hand-torn noodle soup | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | See all main dish recipes

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

Korean cuisine consists of many vegetarian or vegetable-centric recipes that use seasonal, locally sourced vegetables, often foraged.

Also: Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Ginger cookies | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Roasted seaweed sheets | Lamb's Quarters side dish | Rainbow rice cake | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Aster scaber side dish | Korean beef BBQ | Sweet potato rice | Short grain rice flour | Ginseng jujube tea | Soybean side dish | Cucumber pickles | See all vegetarian recipes

Spicy Recipes (64 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: Fried Gochujang | Seasoned acorn jelly | Easy-to-make kimchi | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Kimchi soup | Emergency kimchi | Squid soup | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Ponytail kimchi | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Hand-torn noodle soup | Kimchi hot dog | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (110 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: Seaweed rice rolls | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Rice cake | Grilled mackerel | Grilled beef | Mugwort soup | Perilla leaves in soy sauce | Cooked radish side dish | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Barbecued ribs | Beef short ribs soup | Salty beef side dish | Dried pollock soup | Broccoli salad | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (22 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: Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Grilled beef | Beef and radish soup | Salty beef side dish | Beef short ribs soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy radish and beef soup | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Korean beef BBQ | Rice cake soup | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Ox-bone soup | See all beef recipes

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: Dumplings | Kimchi stew | Doenjang pork skewers | Ground-soybeans stew | Steamed pork buns | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Spicy pork BBQ

Seafood dishes (41 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: Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Seasoned dried anchovies | Soft tofu stew | Braised mackerel with radish | Seasoned seaweed | Spicy whelks with noodles | Fish cakes | Vegetable pancake | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Pollock pancake | Spicy fish soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Sautéed sea plant | Fermented soybean paste stew | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (5 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: Fish cakes | Soybean sprouts
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