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

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

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: Fried Gochujang | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Seaweed rice rolls | Pollock pancake | Fried rice | Green chili pepper pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Tuna pancake | Potato salad | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Roasted seaweed sheets | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned dried anchovies | 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: Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Ginseng jujube tea | Sweet red bean jelly | Korean ramen | White steamed rice cake | Dumplings | Roasted seaweed sheets | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Potato pancakes | King-size kimchi dumplings | Fish cakes | Maangchi's fried chicken | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Fish cake soup | 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 | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Rice cake | Rice cake | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Chestnut cookies | Candied sweet potato | Sugar candy | Sweet red bean soup | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ginseng jujube tea | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Rice cake | Mugwort 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: Potato salad | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Breaded cod fillets | Butternut squash porridge | Seasoned dried anchovies | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Squash pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Pollock pancake | Kale Pancakes | Fish cakes | Potato pancakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | 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: Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Fried rice | Chicken and rice porridge | Spicy stir-fried pork | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Maangchi's fried chicken | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy pork BBQ | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Fermented soybean paste stew | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Butternut squash porridge | Sweet pumpkin rice | 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: Korean spicy dipping sauce | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Cubed radish kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | White Kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Hot pepper paste | Rice dessert drink

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Short grain rice flour | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Soybean paste based dipping sauce for raw fish | Ginger tea | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Rice cake | Ramp pancakes | Chestnut cookies | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | White Kimchi | Green onion pancake | Tofu pickles | Spinach side dish | 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: Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Maangchi's fried chicken | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned dried anchovies | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Cucumber pickles | Cubed radish kimchi | Kimchi fried rice | Radish salad | Soft tofu stew | Salty beef side dish | 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: Soybean sprouts | Perilla leaf pickles | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Cucumber pickles | Fried squid | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Candied sweet potato | Soybean side dish | Seaplant salad | Steamed pear | Rice cake | Mung bean sprout side dish | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | 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: Fried Gochujang | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Grilled beef | Seaweed soup with beef | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Fried rice | Spicy radish and beef soup | Beef short ribs soup | Dumplings | 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: Mapa tofu | Green chili pepper pancake | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Chicken and rice porridge | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Braised chicken with vegetables | Ginseng chicken soup | 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: Kimchi stew | Army Base Stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Spicy pork BBQ | Dumplings | Kimchi soup | Doenjang pork skewers | Steamed pork buns

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: Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Fried squid | Stir-fried squid | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Spicy whelks with noodles | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Breaded cod fillets | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Abalone and rice porridge | Spicy fish soup | Pollock pancake | Seasoned dried anchovies | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Fermented squid side dish | 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 | Fish cakes | Toasted sesame seeds | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Dumpling wrappers

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