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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: Steamed egg side dish | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Perilla leaf kimchi | White Kimchi | Braised mackerel with radish | Ox-bone soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Doenjang pork skewers | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Sautéed sea plant | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Eggplant sidedish | 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: Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Kimchi soup | Beef and radish soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Soybean sprout soup | Mugwort soup | Rice cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Fish cake soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | 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: Army Base Stew | Spicy Braised Chicken | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy fish soup | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Soft tofu stew | Mapa tofu | Ground-soybeans stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Braised saury

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

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

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 | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Mugwort rice cake | Rice cake | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Korean-style mochi 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: Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Tuna pancake | Green chili pepper pancake | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Seaweed rice rolls | Broccoli pickles | Fried rice | Fried Gochujang | Potato salad | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Kimchi pancake | 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: 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: Chestnut cookies | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ginger cookies | Sugar candy | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Sesame peanut candy | Ginseng jujube tea | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Rice cake | 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: Green onion pancake | Kimchi pancake | Fish cakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Ramp pancakes | Potato pancakes | Roasted seaweed sheets | Potato salad | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Seasoned acorn jelly | Breaded cod fillets | Kale Pancakes | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Pollock pancake | 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: Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy Braised Chicken | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Fried rice | Spicy stir-fried pork | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Fish cake soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Cold noodles in chilled broth | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | 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 | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Green chili pepper pickles | Ponytail kimchi | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Rice dessert drink

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Pine nut porridge | Mung bean sprout side dish | Aster scaber side dish | Sweet pumpkin rice | Ginseng jujube tea | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Spinach side dish | Tofu pickles | Rice cake | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Sugar candy | Rice cake | 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: Kimchi pancake | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Perilla leaf kimchi | Salty beef side dish | Beef short ribs soup | Ponytail kimchi | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Kimchi stew | Radish salad | Ginger tea | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Seasoned dried anchovies | Squid 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: Rice cake | Butternut squash porridge | Seaweed rice rolls | Black sesame seeds porridge | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Sweet red bean jelly | Chicken and rice porridge | Steamed pear | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | King-size kimchi dumplings | Braised beef short ribs | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Sautéed sea plant | 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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Grilled beef | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Salty beef side dish | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Seaweed soup with beef | King-size kimchi dumplings | Korean beef BBQ | Fried rice | Soft tofu stew | Dumplings | Easy Korean beef BBQ | 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 | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Mapa tofu | Ginseng chicken soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Chicken and rice porridge

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: Army Base Stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Kimchi soup | Steamed pork buns | Spicy pork BBQ | Dumplings | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi 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 raw fish soup | Tuna pancake | Sautéed sea plant | Fermented squid side dish | Breaded cod fillets | Fried squid | Soft tofu stew | Dried pollock soup | Raw fish platter | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Seasoned dried anchovies | Braised saury | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | 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 | Soybean sprouts | Dumpling wrappers | Fish cakes | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake

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