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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: Spicy bellflower root side dish | Dried pollock soup | Steamed egg side dish | Mugwort soup | Radish water kimchi | Braised beef short ribs | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Mapa tofu | Braised saury | Fermented soybean paste stew | Tuna pancake | Fish cakes | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Stirfried dried anchovy 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: Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Rice cake soup | Cold eggplant side dish | Spicy radish and beef soup | Mugwort soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Fish cake soup | Squid soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | 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: Soft tofu stew | Mapa tofu | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Braised saury | Spicy fish soup | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy Braised Chicken | Army Base Stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | 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 | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | White Kimchi | Young summer radish water 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: Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Sweet pumpkin rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Sweet potato rice | Fried rice | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with 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: Seasoned seaweed | Napa cabbage kimchi | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Perilla leaf pickles | Broccoli pickles | Roasted seaweed sheets | Fried Gochujang | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Green chili pepper pickles | Radish salad | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Soybean side dish | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Salty beef 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 | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy whelks with noodles | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Hand-torn noodle soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Dumpling wrappers | 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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Breaded cod fillets | Pollock pancake | Ramp pancakes | Squash pancakes | Kale Pancakes | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Potato pancakes | Vegetable pancakeSee 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: Grilled pork belly | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy pork BBQ | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs

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

Easy recipes (61 recipes)

If you're new to Korean cooking, these simple, delicious Korean recipes are the easiest ones I know.

Also: Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Fried Gochujang | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Pine nut porridge | Mixed green salad | Tofu pickles | Candied sweet potato | Kale Pancakes | Ginseng jujube tea | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Spinach side dish | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Kimchi fried rice | See all easy recipes

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: Rolled omelette sidedish | Potato salad | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Pollock pancake | Green chili pepper pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Broccoli pickles | Fried Gochujang | Fried rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seaweed rice rolls | 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 (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: Chestnut cookies | Steamed pear | Ginseng jujube tea | Candied sweet potato | Rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Ginger cookies | Sesame peanut candy | Sweet red bean soup | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | White steamed rice cake | Sweet red bean jelly | Rice cake | 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: Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seasoned dried anchovies | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Squash pancakes | Black sesame seeds porridge | Kimchi pancake | Fish cakes | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Potato salad | Green onion pancake | Ramp pancakes | Potato pancakes | Breaded cod fillets | Pollock pancake | 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: Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Doenjang pork skewers | Braised beef short ribs | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Spicy mixed noodles | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Chicken and rice porridge | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Beef short ribs soup | Raw fish platter | 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: Hot pepper paste | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Green chili pepper pickles | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | White Kimchi | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Rice dessert drink | Easy-to-make kimchi

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Cooked radish side dish | Sweet red bean jelly | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Soy milk noodle soup | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Seasoned seaweed | Spicy mixed noodles | Fried Gochujang | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Rainbow rice cake | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Aster scaber side dish | Rice cake | 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 Braised Chicken | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi fried rice | Spicy whelks with noodles | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Braised chicken with vegetables | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Beef short ribs soup | Braised mackerel with radish | Steamed shishito peppers | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Squid soup | Emergency kimchi | 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: Sweet red bean soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Mung bean sprout side dish | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Black sesame seeds porridge | Roasted seaweed sheets | Rice cake | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Hand-torn noodle soup | Mugwort rice cake | Ginseng jujube tea | Toasted sesame seeds | Beef short ribs | Soybean sprouts | 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: Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Seaweed soup with beef | Beef short ribs soup | Korean beef BBQ | Spicy radish and beef soup | Grilled beef | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Fried rice | Braised beef short ribs | Beef short ribs | Beef and radish soup | Rice cake soup | Fried Gochujang | 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Braised chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Chicken and rice porridge | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Ginseng chicken soup | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Mapa tofu | Homestyle chicken noodle soup

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: Dumplings | Spicy pork BBQ | King-size kimchi dumplings | Steamed pork buns | Army Base Stew | Doenjang pork skewers | Kimchi soup | Kimchi stew

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: Seasoned dried anchovies | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Spicy whelks with noodles | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Seaplant salad | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Braised mackerel with radish | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Vegetable pancake | Roasted seaweed sheets | Dried pollock soup | Fish cake soup | Stir-fried squid | Tuna pancake | 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 | Toasted sesame seeds | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Dumpling wrappers | 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: Tuna Sandwich | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Broccoli salad | Bread rolls | Fish head Mee Hoon | Strawberry jam | Strawberry Milkshake | Kimchi hot dog | Steamed chicken rice
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