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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: Seasoned dried anchovies | Spicy raw fish soup | Beef and radish soup | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Mapa tofu | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Mugwort soup | Tofu pickles | Ox-bone soup | Fried Gochujang | Sautéed sea plant | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | 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: Cold eggplant side dish | Clam stew | Seaweed soup with mussels | Spicy fish soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Kimchi soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Squid soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Soybean sprout soup | Beef and radish soup | Beef short ribs soup | Homestyle chicken noodle 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: Radish water kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Napa cabbage 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: Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Beef and vegetable porridge | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sweet pumpkin rice | Sweet potato rice | Fried rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | 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: Fermented squid side dish | Radish salad | Napa cabbage kimchi | Broccoli pickles | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Perilla leaf pickles | Seasoned seaweed | Soybean side dish | Green chili pepper pickles | Fried Gochujang | Tofu pickles | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Spicy bellflower root 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: Soy milk noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy raw fish soup | Dumpling wrappers | Korean ramen | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Braised chicken with vegetablesSee 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 | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Kale Pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Ramp pancakes | Squash pancakes | Potato pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Pollock pancakeSee 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 | Beef and vegetable 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: Grilled pork belly | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Doenjang pork skewers | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork 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 | White steamed rice cake | Rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rainbow rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | 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: Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Fried Gochujang | Steamed shishito peppers | Potato salad | Roasted seaweed sheets | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pollock pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Broccoli pickles | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Rolled omelette sidedish | Seasoned dried anchovies | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Fried rice | See all dosirak recipes

Snacks (68 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: Potato pancakes | Seasoned raw beef | Hot and spicy rice cake | Pollock pancake | Dumplings | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Sweet red bean soup | Potato salad | Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Korean ramen | Fish cake soup | Chestnut cookies | See all snack 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: Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Pomegranate tea | Ginseng jujube tea

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: Mugwort rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Sugar candy | Sesame peanut candy | Baked sweet pastry | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Rice cake | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | White steamed rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Pomegranate tea | Rice cake | Steamed pear | Ginger cookies | 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: Fish cakes | Ramp pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Steamed shishito peppers | Green onion pancake | Seasoned dried anchovies | Seasoned acorn jelly | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Kimchi pancake | Squash pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Pollock pancake | 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: Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy raw fish soup | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | King-size kimchi dumplings | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Mapa tofu | Spicy pork BBQ | Soy milk noodle soup | Grilled beef | Spicy Braised Chicken | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Spicy grilled squid | Braised saury | 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: Easy-to-make kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | White Kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Cubed radish kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Ponytail kimchi

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: Stir-fried squid | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Spicy grilled squid | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Spicy mixed noodles | Kimchi stew | Spicy stir-fried pork | Braised saury | Emergency kimchi | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Ponytail kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi | Kimchi soup | 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: Candied sweet potato | Seasoned seaweed | Spinach side dish | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Clam stew | Radish water kimchi | Soybean sprout side dish | Fried rice | Perilla leaf pickles | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Seaweed rice rolls | Potato & mushroom side dish | 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: Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Ox-bone soup | Rice cake soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Beef short ribs soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Beef short ribs | Grilled beef | Salty beef side dish | 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: Ginseng chicken soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Chicken and rice porridge | Green chili pepper pancake | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Mapa tofu

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: Kimchi soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Pork cutlet | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | Army Base Stew | Doenjang pork skewers | King-size kimchi dumplings | Dumplings | 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: Seaplant salad | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Fish cake soup | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Pollock pancake | Braised saury | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Vegetable pancake | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Abalone and rice porridge | Sautéed sea plant | Fermented squid side dish | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | 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: Soybean sprouts | Dumpling wrappers | Toasted sesame seeds | 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 | Fish head Mee Hoon | Steamed chicken rice | Kimchi hot dog | Broccoli salad | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Tuna Sandwich | Strawberry Milkshake | Strawberry jam