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Side dishes "Banchan" (93 recipes)

Banchan are side dishes served at a Korean meal. They are not just decoration or appetizers: they're considered to be the meal, along with soup and rice.

Also: Radish water kimchi | Roasted seaweed sheets | Braised mackerel with radish | Barbecued beef stew | Cooked radish side dish | Tuna pancake | Perilla leaves in soy sauce | Perilla leaf pickles | Ponytail kimchi | Eggplant sidedish | Seaweed soup with beef | Vegetable pancake | Soybean sprout soup | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | See all banchan recipes

Soups (25 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: Dried pollock soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Soybean sprout soup | Beef and radish soup | Squid soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Kimchi soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy raw fish soup | Young summer radish water kimchi | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Fish cake soup | See all soup recipes

Stews (9 recipes)

A thick stew, or jjigae, served communally, piping hot, and in an earthenware bowl, is for many the epitome of comfort food.

Also: Barbecued beef stew | Braised saury | Soft tofu stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Spicy fish soup | 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: Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Radish water kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi

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: Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Dumpling wrappers | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Korean ramen | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Braised chicken with vegetables | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Soy milk noodle soupSee all noodle recipes

Pancakes (13 recipes)

The Korean word "jeon" is often translated as "pancakes," 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 | Potato pancakes | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Vegetable pancake | Kale Pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Squash pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling

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: Abalone and rice porridge | Black sesame seeds porridge

BBQ (10 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 | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Doenjang pork skewers | Grilled pork belly | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi hot dog | Barbecued beef stew

Rice cakes (11 recipes)

Rice cake, called tteok 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 | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake soup | Korean-style mochi rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (19 recipes)

Dosirak (also "dosirak") 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: Broccoli pickles | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Tuna pancake | Roasted seaweed sheets | Green chili pepper pancake | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Steamed shishito peppers | Fried rice | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Seaweed rice rolls | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | See all dosirak recipes

Snacks (60 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 and crispy fried chicken | Green onion pancake | Chestnut cookies | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Fried squid | Rice dessert drink | Seaweed rice rolls | Strawberry jam | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Rice cake | Fish cake soup | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Candied sweet potato | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | 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 (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: Ginseng jujube tea | Sweet red bean jelly | Black sesame seeds porridge | Sweet red bean soup | White steamed rice cake | Ginger tea | Rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Rice cake | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Steamed pear | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ginger cookies | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (36 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: Vegetable pancake | Black sesame seeds porridge | Kale Pancakes | Fish cakes | Hot and spicy rice cake | Squash pancakes | Pollock pancake | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Seasoned acorn jelly | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Broccoli pickles | Kimchi pancake | Seasoned raw beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (57 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 | Sweet pumpkin rice | Maangchi's fried chicken | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Grilled beef | Barbecued beef stew | Braised saury | Doenjang pork skewers | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Fried rice | Korean beef BBQ | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Seaweed rice rolls | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | See all main dish recipes

Vegetarian (77 recipes)

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

Also: Seasoned seaweed | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Cucumber pickles | Mugwort rice cake | Cooked radish side dish | Roasted seaweed sheets | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Potato & mushroom side dish | Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Korean beef BBQ | Green onion pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Potato pancakes | See all vegetarian recipes

Spicy Recipes (65 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: Easy-to-make kimchi | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Braised mackerel with radish | Emergency kimchi | Cubed radish kimchi | Kimchi hot dog | Kimchi soup | Stir-fried squid | Fried rice | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Soybean sprout soup | Radish salad | Green chili pepper pancake | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (112 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: Sautéed sea plant | Breaded cod fillets | Barbecued beef stew | Spinach side dish | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Pine nut porridge | Seasoned raw beef | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Potato salad | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Green onion pancake | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (23 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: Seaweed soup with beef | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Fried Gochujang | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Beef and radish soup | Grilled beef | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Salty beef side dish | Beef short ribs soup | Braised beef short ribs | Rice cake soup | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Ox-bone soup | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | See all beef recipes

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: Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Dumplings | Doenjang pork skewers | Ground-soybeans stew

Seafood dishes (41 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: Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Raw fish platter | Vegetable pancake | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Fried squid | Seaweed rice rolls | Soft tofu stew | Seaplant salad | Dried pollock soup | Seasoned seaweed | Braised mackerel with radish | Braised saury | Tuna pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (6 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 | Soybean sprouts | Dumpling wrappers

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