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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: Kale Pancakes | Seasoned dried anchovies | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Ponytail kimchi | Radish salad | Kimchi stew | Potato pancakes | Green chili pepper pancake | Mapa tofu | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Potato & mushroom side dish | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Braised beef short ribs | 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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Rice cake soup | Squid soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Cold eggplant side dish | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Kimchi soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Dried pollock soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste 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: Spicy Braised Chicken | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Spicy fish soup | Mapa tofu | Soft tofu stew | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Braised saury | Army Base Stew | Barbecued beef stew | Ground-soybeans stew | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl

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: White Kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | 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: Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sweet pumpkin rice | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Sweet potato rice | Fried 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: Roasted seaweed sheets | Green chili pepper pickles | Fried Gochujang | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Napa cabbage kimchi | Fermented squid side dish | Salty beef side dish | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Radish salad | Soybean side dish | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Seasoned seaweed | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Perilla leaf pickles | 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 raw fish soup | Dumpling wrappers | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Braised chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Korean ramen | Hand-torn noodle soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy whelks with noodlesSee 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: Vegetable pancake | Pollock pancake | Potato pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Squash pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Green onion pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Kale Pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewersSee 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 | Doenjang pork skewers | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly | 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: White steamed rice cake | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes

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 | Tuna pancake | Pollock pancake | Rolled omelette sidedish | Broccoli pickles | Fried rice | Potato salad | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Steamed shishito peppers | Fried Gochujang | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Green chili pepper pancake | Seasoned dried anchovies | 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: Rice cake | Ginger cookies | Chestnut cookies | Baked sweet pastry | Mugwort rice cake | Candied sweet potato | Rice cake | Rice cake | Sesame peanut candy | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | White steamed rice cake | Steamed pear | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Crunchy sweet potato fries | 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: Kimchi pancake | Seasoned dried anchovies | Green onion pancake | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Steamed shishito peppers | Ramp pancakes | Black sesame seeds porridge | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Breaded cod fillets | Potato pancakes | Fish cakes | Potato salad | 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: Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Maangchi's fried chicken | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Soft tofu stew | Braised beef short ribs | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Ox-bone soup | Barbecued beef stew | Korean ramen | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seasoned raw beef | Cold noodles in chilled broth | 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: Hot pepper paste | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Ponytail kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Korean spicy dipping sauce | White Kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Easy-to-make kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Korean-style mochi rice cake | Green onion pancake | Tofu pickles | Seasoned acorn jelly | Black sesame seeds porridge | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Pine nut porridge | Rainbow rice cake | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Sesame peanut candy | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Mung bean sprout side dish | 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: Seasoned dried anchovies | Beef short ribs soup | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Kale Pancakes | Hot and spicy rice cake | Raw fish platter | Green chili pepper pancake | Braised mackerel with radish | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Mapa tofu | Steamed shishito peppers | Stir-fried squid | Kimchi pancake | 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: Rice cake | Toasted sesame seeds | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Ginseng jujube tea | Aster scaber side dish | Sweet red bean soup | Seasoned raw beef | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Soybean sprout side dish | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Fried squid | 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: Beef short ribs | King-size kimchi dumplings | Ox-bone soup | Fried Gochujang | Korean beef BBQ | Soft tofu stew | Spicy radish and beef soup | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Salty beef side dish | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Dumplings | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Braised chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Mapa tofu | Ginseng chicken soup | Chicken and rice porridge | 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: Dumplings | King-size kimchi dumplings | Army Base Stew | Kimchi stew | Spicy pork BBQ | Steamed pork buns | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi soup

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: Soft tofu stew | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Tuna pancake | Fermented squid side dish | Braised mackerel with radish | Fried squid | Abalone and rice porridge | Stir-fried squid | Seaplant salad | Vegetable pancake | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Braised saury | Squid 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: Toasted sesame seeds | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Fish cakes | Dumpling wrappers | 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: Broccoli salad | Steamed chicken rice | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Tuna Sandwich | Fish head Mee Hoon | Strawberry jam | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Strawberry Milkshake | Bread rolls | Kimchi hot dog