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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: Eggplant sidedish | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Braised saury | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Potato & mushroom side dish | Kimchi stew | Beef short ribs | Sautéed sea plant | Potato pancakes | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Beef short ribs soup | Tofu pickles | Aster scaber side dish | 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: Fish cake soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Rice cake soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Dried pollock soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy fish soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Beef and radish soup | Mugwort soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Cold eggplant side dish | Seaweed soup with beef | 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: Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Spicy fish soup | Soft tofu stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Braised saury | Barbecued beef stew | Army Base Stew | Spicy Braised Chicken | Mapa tofu | Ground-soybeans stew

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: Napa cabbage kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | White 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: Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Fried rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Sweet potato rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Sweet pumpkin rice | 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: Broccoli pickles | Fermented squid side dish | Tofu pickles | Roasted seaweed sheets | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Fried Gochujang | Radish salad | Salty beef side dish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Soybean side dish | Green chili pepper pickles | Seasoned seaweed | Korean spicy dipping sauce | 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: Spicy raw fish soup | Korean ramen | Spicy whelks with noodles | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Braised chicken with vegetables | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Hand-torn noodle soup | Dumpling wrappers | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Soy milk noodle 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: Kale Pancakes | Potato pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Green onion pancake | Squash pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Breaded cod fillets | Pollock pancake | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Vegetable pancake | 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: 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Spicy pork BBQ | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Doenjang pork skewers | Grilled pork belly

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

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: Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Fried rice | Broccoli pickles | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Seasoned dried anchovies | Green chili pepper pancake | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Potato salad | Tuna pancake | Rolled omelette sidedish | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Roasted seaweed sheets | Kimchi pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | 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: Fried squid | Black sesame seeds porridge | Roasted seaweed sheets | Fish cakes | Ginseng jujube tea | Pollock pancake | Ramp pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Sugar candy | Sweet red bean jelly | Seasoned raw beef | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | 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: Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Ginseng jujube tea

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: Sesame peanut candy | White steamed rice cake | Sugar candy | Chestnut cookies | Mugwort rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Ginseng jujube tea | Rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Rice cake | Sweet red bean jelly | Steamed pear | 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: Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Seasoned acorn jelly | Pollock pancake | Potato salad | Butternut squash porridge | Green onion pancake | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Roasted seaweed sheets | Kale Pancakes | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Squash pancakes | Fish cakes | 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: Soy milk noodle soup | Sweet potato rice | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Seasoned raw beef | Steamed pork buns | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Braised beef short ribs | Beef short ribs soup | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | 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: Cubed radish kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Rice dessert drink | Hot pepper paste | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Ponytail kimchi

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Cucumber pickles | Ramp pancakes | Sugar candy | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Kale Pancakes | Mugwort rice cake | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Soybean side dish | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Potato pancakes | Soybean sprouts | Short grain rice flour | 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 (71 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: Spicy bellflower root side dish | Hot and spicy rice cake | Stir-fried squid | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Steamed shishito peppers | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Cubed radish kimchi | Seasoned acorn jelly | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Fried Gochujang | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Radish salad | Ginger tea | Korean spicy dipping sauce | See all spicy recipes

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: Popcorn chicken gizzards | Hand-torn noodle soup | Soybean side dish | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Ginseng jujube tea | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Mung bean sprout side dish | Steamed egg side dish | Vegetable pancake | Mugwort soup | Sesame peanut candy | Roasted seaweed sheets | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Spinach side dish | 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: Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Fried rice | Rice cake soup | Beef short ribs | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Spicy radish and beef soup | Ox-bone soup | Grilled beef | Beef short ribs soup | Braised beef short ribs | Fried Gochujang | Soft tofu stew | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | 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: Mapa tofu | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Chicken and rice porridge | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Green chili pepper pancake | Ginseng chicken soup | Braised chicken with vegetables

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: Kimchi soup | King-size kimchi dumplings | Kimchi stew | Doenjang pork skewers | Steamed pork buns | Spicy pork BBQ | Army Base Stew | 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: Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Braised mackerel with radish | Abalone and rice porridge | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Raw fish platter | Spicy fish soup | Fish cake soup | Sautéed sea plant | Seaplant salad | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Seaweed soup with mussels | Fried squid | 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 | Soybean sprouts | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Toasted sesame seeds | 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: Steamed chicken rice | Kimchi hot dog | Strawberry jam | Strawberry Milkshake | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Broccoli salad | Fish head Mee Hoon | Bread rolls | Tuna Sandwich
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