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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: Spicy bellflower root side dish | Seaplant salad | Braised beef short ribs | Broccoli pickles | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Sweet potato rice | Ponytail kimchi | Spicy stir-fried pork | Spicy pork BBQ | Radish salad | Lamb's Quarters side dish | Grilled mackerel | Spicy radish and beef soup | 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 | Rice cake soup | Fish cake soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Beef short ribs soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy raw fish soup | Dried pollock soup | Beef and radish soup | Spicy fish soup | Soybean sprout 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 | Army Base Stew | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Barbecued beef stew | Soft tofu stew | Braised saury | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Ground-soybeans stew | Spicy fish soup | Mapa tofu

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: Young summer radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage 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: Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Sweet potato rice | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Fried rice | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Sweet pumpkin 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: Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Broccoli pickles | Fermented squid side dish | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Tofu pickles | Perilla leaf pickles | Roasted seaweed sheets | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Salty beef side dish | Napa cabbage kimchi | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Fried Gochujang | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Radish salad | 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: Cold spicy mixed noodles | Dumpling wrappers | Soy milk noodle soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Korean ramen | Spicy whelks with noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy mixed noodles | Spicy raw fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables 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: Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Green onion pancake | Squash pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ramp pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Potato pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Pollock pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | 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: 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: Grilled pork belly | Spicy pork BBQ | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Doenjang pork skewers | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Easy Korean beef 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: Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | 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: Green chili pepper pancake | Broccoli pickles | Kimchi pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Roasted seaweed sheets | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Fried rice | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Rolled omelette sidedish | Tuna pancake | 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: Baked sweet pastry | Seasoned dried anchovies | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Seaweed rice rolls | Seasoned acorn jelly | Mugwort rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Korean ramen | Fried squid | Korean-style mochi rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Pollock pancake | Black sesame seeds porridge | 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: Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Mugwort rice cake | Steamed pear | Baked sweet pastry | Sugar candy | Rice cake | Rice cake | Sesame peanut candy | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Sweet red bean jelly | Ginseng jujube tea | Candied sweet potato | White steamed rice cake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | 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: Squash pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Potato pancakes | Black sesame seeds porridge | Potato salad | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Pollock pancake | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Fish cakes | Seasoned dried anchovies | 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: Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy whelks with noodles | Beef short ribs | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Spicy stir-fried pork | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Grilled pork belly | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Cold noodles in chilled broth | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | 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: Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Rice dessert drink | Hot pepper paste | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Green chili pepper pickles

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

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: Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Vegetable pancake | Soybean sprout side dish | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Braised beef short ribs | Seasoned raw beef | Rice cake soup | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Seaweed rice rolls | King-size kimchi dumplings | Potato pancakes | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | 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 soup | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy radish and beef soup | Salty beef side dish | Beef short ribs | Braised beef short ribs | Grilled beef | King-size kimchi dumplings | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Soft tofu stew | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Ox-bone soup | Fried Gochujang | 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 | Chicken and rice porridge | Ginseng chicken soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Mapa tofu | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards

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: Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy pork BBQ | Army Base Stew | Kimchi soup | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | King-size kimchi dumplings | Dumplings

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: Vegetable pancake | Squid soup | Spicy fish soup | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Fermented squid side dish | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Roasted seaweed sheets | Raw fish platter | Seaplant salad | Dried pollock soup | Tuna pancake | Seaweed soup with mussels | 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: Dumpling wrappers | Fish cakes | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Soybean sprouts | Toasted sesame seeds

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