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Side dishes "Banchan" (109 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: Stir-fried squid | Fermented soybean paste stew | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Kimchi stew | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Soybean side dish | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Young summer radish water kimchi | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Rolled omelette sidedish | See all side dish recipes

Soups (27 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: Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Rice cake soup | Soybean sprout soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Soy milk noodle soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Dried pollock soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Mugwort soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Squid soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | See all soup recipes

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

Rice (14 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: 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 | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Sweet pumpkin rice | Sweet potato rice | Fried rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Beef and vegetable porridge

Preserved side dishes "Mitbanchan" (23 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: Soybean side dish | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Broccoli pickles | Salty beef side dish | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Radish salad | Fermented squid side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Tofu pickles | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Perilla leaf pickles | 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: Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Korean ramen | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Dumpling wrappersSee 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 | Vegetable pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Squash pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Green onion pancake | Pollock pancake | Potato pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Kale PancakesSee all pancake recipes

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

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

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (25 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 | Rolled omelette sidedish | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Broccoli pickles | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Kimchi pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Green chili pepper pancake | Tuna pancake | Pollock pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | See all dosirak recipes

Drinks (6 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 | Pomegranate 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 | Sweet red bean soup | Rice cake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Ginger cookies | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Candied sweet potato | Mugwort rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Steamed pear | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Sweet red bean jelly | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (29 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: Breaded cod fillets | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Butternut squash porridge | Eggplant sidedish | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Squash pancakes | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Kimchi pancake | Green onion pancake | Pollock pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (74 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: Fermented soybean paste stew | Barbecued beef stew | Grilled beef | Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Seaweed rice rolls | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Cold noodles in chilled broth | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Beef short ribs | Spicy fish soup | See all main dish recipes

Fermented dishes (15 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: Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Easy-to-make kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | White Kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Yellow Pickled RadishSee all fermented recipes

Pickles (5 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 | Yellow Pickled Radish

Spicy Recipes (75 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: Stir-fried squid | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Hot and spicy rice cake | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Kimchi stew | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Kimchi fried rice | Young summer radish water kimchi | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Eggplant sidedish | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (125 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: Breaded cod fillets | Barbecued beef stew | Grilled beef | Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Vegetable pancake | Seaweed rice rolls | Spinach side dish | Ginseng chicken soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Fried squid | Soybean side dish | Rice cake | See all non spicy recipes

Chicken dishes (13 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: Ginseng chicken soup | Chicken and rice porridge | Green chili pepper pancake | Braised chicken with vegetables | Mapa tofu | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Fire chicken with cheese

Pork & porkbones dishes (14 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: Kimchi stew | Dumplings | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Steamed pork buns | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi soup | Doenjang pork skewers | King-size kimchi dumplings | Army Base Stew | Spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and pork belly | Pork cutlet

Seafood dishes (40 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: Stir-fried squid | Breaded cod fillets | Vegetable pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Fried squid | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Spicy fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Abalone and rice porridge | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sautéed sea plant | Dried pollock soup | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (9 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 | Fish cakes | Dumpling wrappers | Toasted sesame seeds | Yellow Pickled Radish

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