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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 stir-fried fish cakes | Roasted seaweed sheets | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Salty beef side dish | Soybean side dish | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Perilla leaf pickles | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Kale Pancakes | Soybean sprout soup | Mixed green salad | Pollock pancake | 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: Beef and radish soup | Fish cake soup | Squid soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Cold eggplant side dish | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy fish soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Dried pollock soup | Mugwort soup | 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 | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Mapa tofu | Spicy fish soup | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Braised saury | Army Base Stew | Barbecued beef stew | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Spicy Braised Chicken | 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: Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Sweet pumpkin rice | Sweet potato rice | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Fried rice | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Soybean sprouts bibimbap

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: Tofu pickles | Green chili pepper pickles | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Broccoli pickles | Fermented squid side dish | Seasoned seaweed | Roasted seaweed sheets | Napa cabbage kimchi | Soybean side dish | Radish salad | 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: Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Dumpling wrappers | Korean ramen | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle 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: Potato pancakes | Breaded cod fillets | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Green onion pancake | Ramp pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Squash pancakes | Pollock pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Vegetable pancake | Kale Pancakes | 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: 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: Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork BBQ | Grilled pork belly | 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: Mugwort rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | 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: Green chili pepper pancake | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Fried Gochujang | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Roasted seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Seasoned dried anchovies | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Pollock pancake | Fried rice | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | 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: Sweet red bean jelly | Seasoned acorn jelly | Seasoned raw beef | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Black sesame seeds porridge | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | King-size kimchi dumplings | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Pollock pancake | Kimchi pancake | Fried Gochujang | Hot and spicy rice cake | Potato pancakes | Korean ramen | 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: 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: Rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Candied sweet potato | Baked sweet pastry | Rice cake | Ginger cookies | Rice cake | Fish-shaped bread with sweet red bean filling | Sesame peanut candy | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | White steamed 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: Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Roasted seaweed sheets | Kale Pancakes | Squash pancakes | Potato salad | Fish cakes | Potato pancakes | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Steamed shishito peppers | Ramp pancakes | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Green onion pancake | Breaded cod fillets | 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 | Spicy whelks with noodles | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Spicy mixed noodles | Steamed pork buns | Seasoned raw beef | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Braised beef short ribs | Ox-bone soup | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | 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: Ponytail kimchi | Easy-to-make kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Green chili pepper pickles | Cubed radish kimchi | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Korean spicy dipping sauce | White Kimchi | Rice dessert drink | Hot pepper paste

Vegetarian (75 recipes)

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

Also: Cucumber pickles | Ginger cookies | Potato & soy sauce side dish | Sugar candy | Green onion pancake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Perilla leaf pickles | Rice cake | Butternut squash porridge | Tofu pickles | White steamed rice cake | Rice cake | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | 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: Ginger tea | Cold eggplant side dish | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Salty beef side dish | Emergency kimchi | Spicy pork BBQ | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Soft tofu stew | Radish salad | Hot and spicy rice cake | Napa cabbage kimchi | Spicy stir-fried pork | Soybean sprout soup | 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: Ground-soybeans stew | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Ginger cookies | Seaplant salad | Steamed egg side dish | Tuna pancake | Candied sweet potato | Soybean sprout side dish | Cooked radish side dish | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Cucumber pickles | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Fish cake soup | 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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Grilled beef | Beef and radish soup | Rice cake soup | Ox-bone soup | Fried rice | Braised beef short ribs | Fried Gochujang | Beef short ribs | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy radish and beef soup | Soft tofu stew | 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: Chicken and rice porridge | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Ginseng chicken soup | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Green chili pepper pancake | Mapa tofu | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Homestyle chicken noodle 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 stew | Kimchi soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Steamed pork buns | Doenjang pork skewers | King-size kimchi dumplings | Dumplings | Army Base 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: Fish cakes | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Fried squid | Spicy whelks with noodles | Fermented squid side dish | Seaplant salad | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Spicy raw fish soup | Seasoned dried anchovies | Braised saury | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Pollock pancake | Sautéed sea plant | Braised mackerel with radish | 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 | 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: Steamed chicken rice | Broccoli salad | Bread rolls | Tuna Sandwich | Strawberry jam | Strawberry Milkshake | Kimchi hot dog | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Fish head Mee Hoon
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