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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: Lamb's Quarters side dish | Braised mackerel with radish | Dumpling wrappers | Mung bean sprout side dish | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Sautéed sea plant | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Seasoned seaweed | Squash pancakes | Eggplant sidedish | Vegetable pancake | Kimchi stew | Broccoli pickles | 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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Dried pollock soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Mugwort soup | Fish cake soup | Squid soup | Kimchi soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Rice cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Beef short ribs soup | Soybean sprout soup | Spicy fish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables 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: Soft tofu stew | Braised saury | Ground-soybeans stew | Barbecued beef stew | Spicy fish soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables

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 | White Kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Napa cabbage kimchi | Radish water 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: Soy milk noodle soup | Korean ramen | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Dumpling wrappers | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Braised chicken with vegetables | Homestyle chicken 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: Potato pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Kale Pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Green onion pancake | Squash pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Vegetable pancake

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: Black sesame seeds porridge | Abalone and rice 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: Kimchi hot dog | Barbecued beef stew | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork BBQ | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Doenjang pork skewers | Grilled pork belly

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 soup | Rainbow rice cake | Rice cake | Mugwort rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | 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: Steamed shishito peppers | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Fried rice | Roasted seaweed sheets | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pollock pancake | Seaweed rice rolls | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Potato salad | Tuna pancake | Broccoli pickles | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | 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: Roasted seaweed sheets | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Fish cakes | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Potato salad | Sweet red bean jelly | Kale Pancakes | Kimchi hot dog | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Candied sweet potato | Korean ramen | Strawberry jam | 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: Crunchy sweet potato fries | Rice cake | Ginger cookies | Ginseng jujube tea | Butternut squash porridge | Rice cake | Black sesame seeds porridge | Chestnut cookies | Sugar candy | Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Rice cake | Steamed pear | Baked sweet pastry | 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: Seasoned acorn jelly | Pollock pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Tuna pancake | Breaded cod fillets | Kimchi pancake | Mugwort rice cake | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Fish cakes | Broccoli pickles | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Vegetable pancake | 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: Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Mapa tofu | Spicy mixed noodles | Spicy pork BBQ | Ox-bone soup | Korean ramen | Beef short ribs | Cold noodles in chilled broth | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Spicy Braised Chicken | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Braised saury | Seaweed rice rolls | See all main dish 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: Kimchi hot dog | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Spicy radish and beef soup | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Seasoned dried shredded squid | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Stirfried dried anchovy side dish | Emergency kimchi | Beef short ribs soup | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Cubed radish kimchi | Braised mackerel with radish | Braised chicken with vegetables | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | 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: Doenjang pork skewers | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Ginger cookies | White Kimchi | Sweet red bean soup | Potato pancakes | Broccoli pickles | Beef and radish soup | Grilled beef | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Rainbow rice cake | Soybean sprout side dish | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | 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: Easy Korean beef BBQ | Beef short ribs | Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Seaweed soup with beef | Salty beef side dish | Fried Gochujang | Beef and radish soup | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Korean beef BBQ | Grilled beef | Ox-bone soup | Rice cake soup | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Braised beef short ribs | 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: Noodles with blackbean sauce | Spicy pork BBQ | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | Dumplings | Doenjang pork skewers | Ground-soybeans stew | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup

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: Breaded cod fillets | Squid soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Tuna pancake | Braised saury | Fermented soybean paste stew | Seaplant salad | Abalone and rice porridge | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Fried squid | Seasoned seaweed | Fish cakes | Seaweed rice rolls | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | 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: Soybean sprouts | Fish cakes | Dumpling wrappers
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