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Side dishes "Banchan" (106 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: Grilled mackerel | Radish salad | Beef short ribs | Potato pancakes | Spicy grilled squid | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Mugwort soup | Lamb's Quarters side dish | Seaweed soup with beef | Beef short ribs soup | Braised beef short ribs | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Kale Pancakes | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | 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: Dried pollock soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Soybean sprout soup | Fish cake soup | Cold eggplant side dish | Beef and radish soup | Mugwort soup | Squid soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Kimchi soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Rice cake soup | 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 | Napa cabbage kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Radish water kimchi | White 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: Beef and vegetable porridge | Sweet potato rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Fried rice | Sweet pumpkin rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | 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: Fried Gochujang | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Napa cabbage kimchi | Salty beef side dish | Soybean side dish | Broccoli pickles | Radish salad | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Perilla leaf pickles | Green chili pepper pickles | Tofu 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 whelks with noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Korean ramen | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy raw fish soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | 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: Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Squash pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pollock pancake | Green onion pancake | Potato pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Vegetable pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Ramp pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers See 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: Black sesame seeds porridge | Abalone and rice 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Doenjang pork skewers | Grilled pork belly | Spicy pork BBQ | 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: Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Mugwort rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (24 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: Fried Gochujang | Roasted seaweed sheets | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Broccoli pickles | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Tuna pancake | Kimchi pancake | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Seasoned dried anchovies | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Pollock pancake | Green chili pepper pancake | Seaweed rice rolls | 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: Pomegranate tea | Ginseng jujube tea | Soju Watermelon Cocktail

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: Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Candied sweet potato | Pomegranate tea | Rice cake | Rice cake | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Mugwort rice cake | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Ginseng jujube tea | Steamed pear | Chestnut cookies | Sugar candy | White steamed rice cake | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (28 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 | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Steamed shishito peppers | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Green onion pancake | Seasoned acorn jelly | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Kimchi pancake | Black sesame seeds porridge | Kale Pancakes | Roasted seaweed sheets | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Breaded cod fillets | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (73 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: Noodles with blackbean sauce | Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables | Maangchi's fried chicken | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Raw fish platter | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Ox-bone soup | Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork BBQ | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Barbecued beef stew | 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: Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Ponytail kimchi | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Easy-to-make kimchi | White Kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Hot pepper paste

Vegetarian (79 recipes)

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

Also: Crunchy sweet potato fries | Butternut squash porridge | Soybean sprouts | Squash pancakes | Pomegranate tea | Rainbow rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Steamed pear | Mixed green salad | Rice dessert drink | Sweet pumpkin rice | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Cucumber pickles | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | 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 (74 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: Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Steamed shishito peppers | Mixed green salad | Green chili pepper pancake | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Soybean sprout soup | Young summer radish water kimchi | Mapa tofu | Spicy grilled squid | Squid soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (123 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: Noodles with blackbean sauce | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Raw fish platter | Squash pancakes | Dumpling wrappers | Green onion pancake | Sweet pumpkin rice | Dried pollock soup | Rice cake | Fish cakes | Radish water kimchi | Seasoned seaweed | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Steamed pear | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (27 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: Sweet potato starch noodles stir fried with vegetables | Seaweed soup with beef | Korean beef BBQ | Dumplings | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Grilled beef | Ox-bone soup | Rice cake soup | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Beef short ribs | Spicy radish and beef soup | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Fried rice | 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 | Braised chicken with vegetables | Ginseng chicken soup | Green chili pepper pancake | Mapa tofu | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Chicken and rice porridge | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken

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

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 | Roasted seaweed sheets | Braised mackerel with radish | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy fish soup | Fish cake soup | Seaplant salad | Tuna pancake | Braised saury | Seaweed soup with mussels | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Dried pollock soup | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | 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 | Dumpling wrappers | Soybean sprouts | Fish cakes

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