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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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Emergency kimchi | Spicy fish soup | Braised beef short ribs | Seasoned seaweed | Broccoli pickles | Steamed egg side dish | Fermented soybean paste stew | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Tuna pancake | Cucumber pickles | Seasoned dried anchovies | Vegetable pancake | 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: Young summer radish water kimchi | Kimchi soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Soybean sprout soup | Spicy fish soup | Beef short ribs soup | Dried pollock soup | Mugwort soup | Fish cake soup | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Squid 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: Spicy fish soup | Soft tofu stew | Ground-soybeans stew | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Braised saury | 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: White Kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Radish water 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 noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Hand-torn noodle soup | Korean ramen | Dumpling wrappers | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Braised chicken with vegetables | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodlesSee 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: Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Potato pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Ramp pancakes | Squash pancakes | Vegetable pancake | Kale Pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Green onion pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers

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

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 | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake | Rice cake soup | Rainbow 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: Tuna pancake | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Roasted seaweed sheets | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Seaweed rice rolls | Steamed shishito peppers | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Broccoli pickles | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Potato salad | Green chili pepper pancake | See all dosirak recipes

Snacks (61 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: Squash pancakes | Ginseng jujube tea | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Sweet red bean soup | Green onion pancake | Mugwort rice cake | Rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rice cake | Pine nut porridge | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Kimchi hot dog | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Candied sweet potato | 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 (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: Rice cake | Rice cake | Ginseng jujube tea | Rice cake | Candied sweet potato | Butternut squash porridge | Sugar candy | White steamed rice cake | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Black sesame seeds porridge | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Sweet red bean jelly | Chestnut cookies | 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: Fish cakes | Green onion pancake | Squash pancakes | Seasoned raw beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Hot and spicy rice cake | Butternut squash porridge | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Breaded cod fillets | Broccoli salad | Potato pancakes | Dumplings | Broccoli pickles | Tuna pancake | 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: Fried rice | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Soy milk noodle soup | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Sweet potato rice | Seaweed rice rolls | Spicy Braised Chicken | Abalone and rice porridge | Braised chicken with vegetables | King-size kimchi dumplings | Maangchi's fried chicken | Cold spicy mixed noodles | 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: Soft tofu stew | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Soybean sprout side dish | Soybean sprout soup | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Braised saury | Kimchi soup | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Korean ramen | Mapa tofu | Beef short ribs soup | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Steamed egg side dish | 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: Noodles with blackbean sauce | Rice cake | Rice cake | Potato salad | Green chili pepper pancake | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Ginger cookies | Hand-torn noodle soup | Cooked radish side dish | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Breaded cod fillets | Barbecued ribs | Sweet red bean jelly | 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: Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Dumplings | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Ground-soybeans stew | King-size kimchi dumplings | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Steamed pork buns | Kimchi 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: Breaded cod fillets | Fish cake soup | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Braised mackerel with radish | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Spicy whelks with noodles | Vegetable pancake | Fermented squid side dish | Soft tofu stew | Stir-fried squid | Fermented soybean paste stew | Sautéed sea plant | 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: Dumpling wrappers | Fish cakes | Soybean sprouts