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Side dishes "Banchan" (94 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: Green chili pepper pickles | Stir-fried squid | Fermented squid side dish | Spicy fish soup | Pollock pancake | Steamed egg side dish | Aster scaber side dish | Beef and radish soup | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Dumpling wrappers | Potato & mushroom side dish | Soybean sprout side dish | Fried Gochujang | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | 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: Squid soup | Beef short ribs soup | Soy milk noodle soup | Fish cake soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Rice cake soup | Dried pollock soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Mugwort soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Beef and radish soup | Spicy fish soup | Kimchi 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 | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Soft tofu stew | 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: White Kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber 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: Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Korean ramen | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Dumpling wrappers | Braised chicken with vegetables | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchiSee 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 | Vegetable pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Ramp pancakes | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Squash pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Green onion pancake | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Kale Pancakes

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

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

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: Roasted seaweed sheets | Tuna pancake | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Potato salad | Green chili pepper pancake | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Pollock pancake | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seaweed rice rolls | Fried rice | Broccoli pickles | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | 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: 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: Sweet red bean jelly | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Ginger cookies | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Baked sweet pastry | Rice cake | White steamed rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Mugwort rice cake | Black sesame seeds porridge | Rice cake | Rice cake | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Sweet red bean soup | 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: Squash pancakes | Green onion pancake | Radish water kimchi | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Ramp pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Breaded cod fillets | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Broccoli salad | Black sesame seeds porridge | Kale Pancakes | Potato salad | See all appetizer recipes

Main dishes (58 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: Easy Korean beef BBQ | Beef short ribs | King-size kimchi dumplings | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Korean beef BBQ | Sweet pumpkin rice | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Hand-torn noodle soup | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Seaweed rice rolls | Abalone and rice porridge | Braised chicken with vegetables | See all main dish recipes

Vegetarian (78 recipes)

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

Also: Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Pine nut porridge | Chestnut cookies | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Radish salad | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Rainbow rice cake | Rice dessert drink | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Mung bean sprout side dish | Soybean side dish | Broccoli pickles | Sugar candy | See all vegetarian recipes

Spicy Recipes (66 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: Soft tofu stew | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Kimchi stew | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Hand-torn noodle soup | Soybean sprout side dish | Hot and spicy rice cake | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Beef short ribs soup | Cubed radish kimchi | Broccoli salad | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (113 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: Steamed pear | Perilla leaf pickles | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Seaplant salad | Steamed egg side dish | Black sesame seeds porridge | Potato pancakes | Butternut squash porridge | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Dessert punch with persimmon, cinnamon, and ginger | Sautéed sea plant | Beef and radish soup | Ginger cookies | See all non spicy recipes

Pork & porkbones dishes (12 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 | Dumplings | Kimchi stew | Ground-soybeans stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Steamed pork buns | Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | 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: Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Fermented squid side dish | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Abalone and rice porridge | Kimchi and mackerel camping stew | Breaded cod fillets | Raw Crabs Marinated in Soy Sauce | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Soft tofu stew | Raw fish platter | Dried pollock soup | Tuna pancake | Spicy whelks with noodles | Seaweed soup with beef | 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