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Side dishes "Banchan" (90 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: Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Soybean sprout soup | Fermented squid side dish | Sweet, sour, and spicy mushrooms with water dropwort | Sautéed sea plant | Cold eggplant side dish | Soybean side dish | Seasoned acorn jelly | Seaweed soup with beef | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Aster scaber side dish | Spicy Braised Chicken | Easy-to-make kimchi | See all banchan 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: Soy milk noodle soup | Mugwort soup | Seaweed soup with mussels | Squid soup | Kimchi soup | Seaweed soup with beef | Seaplant salad | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Soybean sprout soup | Spicy fish soup | Young summer radish water kimchi | Rice cake soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Homestyle chicken noodle 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 | Spicy fish soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Soft tofu stew | Ground-soybeans stew | Braised saury

Types of Kimchi (17 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: Kimchi stew | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Young summer radish water kimchi | Kimchi fried rice | Radish water kimchi | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Kimchi pancake | White Kimchi | Kimchi hot dog | Napa cabbage kimchi | Kimchi soupSee all kimchi recipes

Noodles (14 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: Braised chicken with vegetables | Hand-torn noodle soup | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy mixed noodles | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Soy milk noodle soup | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Korean ramen | Spicy raw fish soup

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: Vegetable pancake | Potato pancakes | Ramp pancakes | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Squash pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Kale Pancakes | Green onion 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: Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Spicy pork BBQ | Doenjang pork skewers | Grilled pork belly | Kimchi hot dog | Easy Korean beef BBQ | 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: Mugwort rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Rice cake soup | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake | 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: Fried rice | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Steamed shishito peppers | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Green chili pepper pancake | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Pollock pancake | Roasted seaweed sheets | Tuna pancake | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Broccoli pickles | 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: Black sesame seeds porridge | Sweet red bean soup | Sweet red bean jelly | White steamed rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Sugar candy | Rice cake | Chestnut cookies | Crunchy sweet potato fries | Candied sweet potato | Mugwort rice cake | Butternut squash porridge | Steamed pear | Rice cake | 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: Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Kale Pancakes | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Green onion pancake | Seasoned raw beef | Vegetable pancake with Asian chives | Spicy whelks with noodles | Dumplings | Potato salad | Fish cakes | 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: Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Beef short ribs soup | Grilled beef | Spicy fish soup | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Doenjang pork skewers | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Fried rice | Hand-torn noodle soup | Barbecued beef stew | Braised saury | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Butternut squash porridge | See all main dish recipes

Vegetarian (76 recipes)

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

Also: Soybean side dish | Walnuts wrapped in persimmons | Soy milk noodle soup | Ginger cookies | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Broccoli pickles | Ginseng jujube tea | Rice cake | Short grain rice flour | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | White steamed rice cake | Cold eggplant side dish | Korean-style mochi rice cake | Perilla leaves in soy sauce | 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: Cold spicy mixed noodles | Ponytail kimchi | Beef short ribs soup | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Soybean sprouts bibimbap | Squid soup | Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Kimchi stew | Korean spicy dipping sauce | Seasoned dried anchovies | Spicy raw fish soup | Hot and spicy rice cake | Green chili pepper pancake | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (111 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: Minced, seasoned, and grilled beef ribs | Grilled mackerel | Candied sweet potato | Rice cake soup | Steamed pork buns | Steamed egg in an earthenware bowl | Rice cake | Seaweed soup with mussels | Popcorn chicken gizzards | Mung bean sprout side dish | Tofu pickles | Steamed pear | Broccoli salad | Doenjang pork skewers | 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: Beef short ribs | Dumplings | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Seaweed soup with beef | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Fried Gochujang | Beef and radish soup | Braised beef short ribs | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Korean beef BBQ | Rice cake soup | Salty beef side dish | 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: Kimchi stew | Dumplings | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Spicy pork BBQ | Ground-soybeans stew | Steamed pork buns | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Doenjang pork skewers

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: Seaweed rice rolls | Spicy stir-fried fish cakes | Spicy fish soup | Tuna pancake | Braised mackerel with radish | Raw fish with rice and vegetables | Soybean paste based dipping sauce for raw fish | Fermented soybean paste stew | Fish cake soup | Sautéed sea plant | Fish cakes | Spicy raw fish soup | Seasoned dried anchovies | Dried pollock soup | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (5 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