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Side dishes "Banchan" (93 recipes)

Banchan are side dishes served at a Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they're considered to be the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Korean spicy dipping sauce | Potato salad | Steamed egg side dish | Emergency kimchi | Fermented soybean paste stew | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Kimchi stew | Eggplant sidedish | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Seaplant salad | Beef short ribs | Braised beef short ribs | Raw fish platter | Tuna pancake | See all banchan recipes

Soups (25 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: Young summer radish water kimchi | Squid soup | Beef short ribs soup | Beef and radish soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Rice cake soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Mugwort soup | Soybean sprout soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Dried pollock soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | See all soup recipes

Stews (9 recipes)

A thick stew, or jjigae, served communally, piping hot, and in an earthenware bowl, is for many the epitome of comfort food.

Also: Soft tofu stew | Barbecued beef stew | Braised saury | Spicy fish soup | Ground-soybeans stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables

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 | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi

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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Korean ramen | Spicy whelks with noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Dumpling wrappers | Hand-torn noodle soupSee all noodle recipes

Pancakes (13 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancakes," 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: Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Ramp pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Kale Pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Squash pancakes | Potato pancakes

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 porridge

BBQ (10 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 | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi hot dog

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok 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: Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rice cake soup | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (19 recipes)

Dosirak (also "dosirak") 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: Pollock pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Potato salad | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Fried rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Roasted seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seaweed rice rolls | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Tuna pancake | Steamed shishito peppers | 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 (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: Steamed pear | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Mugwort rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Candied sweet potato | Butternut squash porridge | Black sesame seeds porridge | Sugar candy | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Chestnut cookies | Rice cake | Ginseng jujube tea | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Ginger tea | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (36 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: Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Black sesame seeds porridge | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Squash pancakes | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Broccoli salad | Mugwort rice cake | Potato pancakes | Seasoned raw beef | Butternut squash porridge | Kale Pancakes | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (58 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: Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Spicy mixed noodles | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Sweet pumpkin rice | Butternut squash porridge | Sweet potato rice | Fried rice | Steamed pork buns | Korean beef BBQ | Hand-torn noodle soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy fish soup | Barbecued beef stew | See all main dish recipes

Spicy Recipes (65 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 | Soybean sprout side dish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Soft tofu stew | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Ox-bone soup | Fried rice | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Kimchi stew | Steamed egg side dish | Steamed shishito peppers | Napa cabbage kimchi | Broccoli salad | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (113 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: Roasted seaweed sheets | Green chili pepper pancake | Potato pancakes | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Potato salad | Seaweed soup with beef | Tuna pancake | Vegetable pancake | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Pollock pancake | Baked sweet pastry | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Doenjang pork skewers | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | See all non spicy recipes

Pork & porkbones dishes (12 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: Ground-soybeans stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Steamed pork buns | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi stew | Dumplings | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Doenjang pork skewers

Seafood dishes (41 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: Braised saury | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Stir-fried squid | Soybean sprout soup | Seaweed rice rolls | Braised mackerel with radish | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Fermented soybean paste stew | Seaweed soup with beef | Vegetable pancake | Seasoned dried anchovies | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (6 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: Soybean sprouts | Dumpling wrappers | Fish cakes