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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: Cold cucumber soup side dish | Soybean side dish | Seaweed soup with beef | Eggplant sidedish | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Mapa tofu | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Napa cabbage kimchi | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Beef short ribs soup | Soft tofu stew | Radish water kimchi | Potato salad | Spicy Braised Chicken | 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: Rice cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Kimchi soup | Cold eggplant side dish | Spicy raw fish soup | Fish cake soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Beef and radish soup | Spicy fish soup | Soybean sprout soup | Mugwort soup | Dried pollock 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: Mapa tofu | Soft tofu stew | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Spicy fish soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Barbecued beef stew | Braised saury | Spicy Braised Chicken | Army Base Stew | 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: Napa cabbage kimchi | White Kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber 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 potato rice | Fried rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sweet pumpkin rice | Soybean sprouts bibimbap

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 | Tofu pickles | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Fried Gochujang | Roasted seaweed sheets | Soybean side dish | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Perilla leaf pickles | Radish salad | Green chili pepper pickles | Broccoli pickles | Fermented squid side dish | 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: Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Dumpling wrappers | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy raw fish soup | Korean ramen | Hand-torn noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchiSee 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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Squash pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Kale Pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ramp pancakes | Green onion pancake | Pollock pancake | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Potato pancakes | Breaded cod fillets | Vegetable pancakeSee 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: Black sesame seeds porridgeAbalone and rice 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 | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Grilled pork belly | Doenjang pork skewers | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy pork BBQ

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: Rainbow rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rice cake | Rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Long, cylinder-shaped 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: Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Fried Gochujang | Tuna pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned dried anchovies | Roasted seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Fried rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seaweed rice rolls | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Rolled omelette sidedish | Kimchi pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | See all dosirak recipes

Snacks (65 recipes)

Need something delicious to keep you going in between meals? These can be prepared and eaten in a hurry, on the street, in a pub, or on the go.

Also: Steamed pear | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | Seaweed rice rolls | Baked sweet pastry | Seasoned raw beef | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Pollock pancake | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet red bean soup | Shaved ice with sweet red beans and fruit | See all snack 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: White steamed rice cake | Rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Sweet red bean soup | Steamed pear | Sugar candy | Rice cake | Sesame peanut candy | Rice cake | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Mugwort rice cake | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Ginger cookies | Chestnut cookies | 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: Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Pollock pancake | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Green onion pancake | Kale Pancakes | Squash pancakes | Breaded cod fillets | Fish cakes | Roasted seaweed sheets | Seasoned dried anchovies | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Ramp pancakes | 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: Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Fried rice | Barbecued beef stew | Sweet potato rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sweet pumpkin rice | Soft tofu stew | Black sesame seeds porridge | Maangchi's fried chicken | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Spicy fish soup | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | 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: Green chili pepper pickles | Hot pepper paste | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Ponytail kimchi | White Kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Easy-to-make kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Cubed radish kimchi

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Soybean side dish | Broccoli pickles | Spinach side dish | Toasted sesame seeds | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Rainbow rice cake | Squash pancakes | Mugwort rice cake | Ginseng jujube tea | Rice cake | Radish salad | Rice cake | Black sesame seeds porridge | See all vegetarian recipes

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: Beef short ribs soup | Soft tofu stew | Young summer radish water kimchi | Steamed shishito peppers | Napa cabbage kimchi | Kimchi soup | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Emergency kimchi | Radish salad | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy Braised Chicken | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Braised mackerel with radish | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | 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: Seaweed soup with beef | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Soybean sprouts | Dumpling wrappers | Tuna pancake | Fried squid | Seaweed soup with mussels | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | White Kimchi | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Ground-soybeans stew | Rice dessert drink | Grilled beef | 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: King-size kimchi dumplings | Fried rice | Fried Gochujang | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Grilled beef | Beef short ribs soup | Salty beef side dish | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Seaweed soup with beef | Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Soft tofu stew | Rice cake soup | Beef and radish 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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Chicken and rice porridge | Mapa tofu | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Green chili pepper pancake | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Ginseng chicken soup | 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: Steamed pork buns | Kimchi soup | Dumplings | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy pork BBQ | 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: Fermented squid side dish | Dried pollock soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Mugwort soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Raw fish platter | Seasoned dried anchovies | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Vegetable pancake | Fish cake soup | Roasted seaweed sheets | Fish cakes | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Abalone and rice porridge | 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: Toasted sesame seeds | Fish cakes | Dumpling wrappers | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Soybean sprouts

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