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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: Spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and pork belly | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Mixed green salad | Fish cakes | Seaplant salad | Perilla leaf kimchi | Spicy raw fish soup | Grilled mackerel | Squid soup | Mugwort soup | Cooked radish side dish | Spicy pork BBQ | Rolled omelette sidedish | Collard greens side dishes | 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: Seaweed soup with mussels | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Soybean sprout soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Beef short ribs soup | Clam stew | Mugwort soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy fish soup | Dried pollock soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Fish cake soup | Squid 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 | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi | Young summer radish water 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: Sweet potato rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Fried rice | Beef and vegetable porridge | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Lobster seaweed rice rolls | Sweet pumpkin rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets

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

Vegetarian (79 recipes)

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

Also: White Kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Mixed green salad | Sugar candy | Potato pancakes | Black sesame seeds porridge | Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Bok choy seasoned with soybean paste | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Squash pancakes | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Rice cake | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | 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: Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Spicy mixed noodles | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Army Base Stew | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Mixed green salad | Beef short ribs soup | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Seasoned dried anchovies | Ginger tea | Korean ramen | Kimchi stew | 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: Seaplant salad | Vegetable pancake | Soybean sprout soup | Barbecued ribs | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Sweet red bean jelly | Dried pollock soup | Black sesame seeds porridge | Grilled mackerel | Seaweed soup with beef | Potato & mushroom side dish | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Sweet red bean soup | Chestnut cookies | 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: Rice cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Beef short ribs soup | Beef and radish soup | Dumplings | Korean beef BBQ | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Grilled beef | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Fried rice | Ox-bone soup | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Braised beef short ribs | 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: Green chili pepper pancake | Braised chicken with vegetables | Chicken and rice porridge | Mapa tofu | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Ginseng chicken soup | 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: Pork cutlet | Kimchi soup | Spicy pork BBQ | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy soft tofu stew with kimchi and pork belly | Army Base Stew | Sweet and sour pork (or beef) | Doenjang pork skewers | Dumplings | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns

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: Braised mackerel with radish | Seaweed soup with mussels | Stir-fried squid | Abalone and rice porridge | Pollock pancake | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seaplant salad | Spicy raw fish soup | Fish cake soup | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Raw fish platter | Spicy soft tofu stew with seafood | Vegetable pancake | 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: Fish cakes | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Dumpling wrappers | Toasted sesame seeds | Soybean sprouts

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