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Side dishes "Banchan" (83 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: Raw fish platter | Ground-soybeans stew | Mung bean jelly side dishes | Emergency kimchi | Ponytail kimchi | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Broccoli pickles | Salty beef side dish | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Radish salad | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Radish water kimchi | Beef and radish soup | 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 | Cabbage and soy bean paste soup | Rice cake soup | Spicy raw fish soup | Beef and radish soup | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup | Seaplant soup | Kimchi soup | Mugwort soup | Soybean sprout soup | Spicy fish soup | Fish cake soup | Dried pollock soup | Spicy radish and beef 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: Braised saury | Spicy fish soup | Pork bones stew with potatoes and vegetables | Barbecued beef stew | Ground-soybeans stew | Soft tofu stew

Types of Kimchi (15 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 other Korean dishes.

Also: Kimchi pancake | Young summer radish water kimchi | Kimchi fried rice | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Kimchi soup | Kimchi stew | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | White Kimchi | Radish water kimchiSee 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: Homestyle chicken noodle soup | Hand-torn noodle soup | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Soy milk noodle soup | Korean ramen | Braised chicken with vegetables | Spicy mixed noodles | Spicy raw fish soup | Cold spicy mixed noodles | Spicy whelks with noodles | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup

Pancakes (11 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 with Asian chives | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Green onion pancake | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Vegetable pancake | Squash pancakes | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Potato 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: Black sesame seeds porridge | Abalone and rice porridge

BBQ (8 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: Grilled pork belly | Barbecued beef stew | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Spicy pork BBQ | 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: Mugwort rice cake | Rice cake | Rice cake | Rainbow rice cake | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Rice cake soup | Long, cylinder-shaped rice cake | Korean-style mochi rice cake

Lunchbox items "Dosirak" (18 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: Fish cakes | Pan fried tofu with spicy sauce | Pan fried tofu in soy sauce | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Green chili pepper pancake | Triangle-shaped rice packet wrapped in dried seaweed sheets | Broccoli pickles | Pollock pancake | Roasted seaweed sheets | Seaweed rice rolls | Steamed shishito peppers | Seasoned Dried Radish Strips | Fried rice | Tuna pancake | 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: 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: Black sesame seeds porridge | Pan-Fried Sweet Rice Cakes with Edible Flowers | Mugwort rice cake | Baked sweet pastry | Butternut squash porridge | Ginger tea | Ginger cookies | Rice cake | Sugar candy | Sweet pancakes with brown sugar syrup filling | Chestnut cookies | Steamed pear | Ginseng jujube tea | White steamed rice cake | See all dessert recipes

Appetizers (33 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: Breaded cod fillets | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Pollock pancake | Squash pancakes | Dumplings | Sweet and crispy fried chicken | Spicy whelks with noodles | Broccoli salad | Mugwort rice cake | Kimchi pancake | Hot and spicy rice cake | Fried squid | Tuna pancake | Mung bean jelly side dishes | 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: Crispy and crunchy fried chicken | Soy milk noodle soup | Cold salad with spicy mustard sauce | Stir fried noodles with vegetables | Doenjang pork skewers | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Beef short ribs soup | Beef short ribs | Braised beef short ribs | Spicy mixed noodles | Rice, scorched rice, and scorched rice tea | Grilled pork belly | Seaweed rice rolls | Homestyle chicken noodle soup | See all main dish recipes

Vegetarian (74 recipes)

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

Also: Korean-style mochi rice cake | Spicy bellflower root side dish | Soju Watermelon Cocktail | Sautéed sea plant | Steamed pear | Hot pepper paste | Rice dessert drink | Rainbow rice cake | Roasted seaweed sheets | Potato pancakes | Radish salad | Ginger cookies | Squash pancakes | Green onion pancake | See all vegetarian recipes

Spicy Recipes (62 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: Spicy stir-fried chicken with vegetables | Steamed shishito peppers | Cold noodle soup with radish water kimchi | Spicy radish and beef soup | Spicy stuffed cucumber kimchi | Hot and spicy rice cake | Soybean sprout side dish | Spicy Braised Chicken | Radish salad | Napa cabbage kimchi and radish kimchi | Spicy whelks with noodles | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Ox-bone soup | Stir-fried squid | See all spicy recipes

Nonspicy Recipes (108 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: Seasoned tofu pockets stuffed with rice | Seaweed rice rolls | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Beef short ribs soup | Seaweed rice rolls with tuna | Beef and radish soup | Royal Korean court stir fried rice cakes | Perilla leaf pickles | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Green chili pepper pancake | Rice cake | Cucumber pickles | Cold cucumber soup side dish | Pine nut porridge | See all non spicy recipes

Beef dishes (22 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: Seaplant soup | Sweet and sour beef (or pork) | Braised beef short ribs | Fried Gochujang | Spicy beef and vegetable soup | Easy Korean beef BBQ | Rice mixed with meat, vegetables, an egg, and chili pepper paste | Dumplings | Beef and radish soup | Spicy radish and beef soup | Skewered pancakes with vegetables and beef | Grilled beef | Beef short ribs | Rice cake 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: Dumplings | Ground-soybeans stew | Doenjang pork skewers | Spicy pork BBQ | Noodles with blackbean sauce | Kimchi stew | Steamed pork buns | Mixed-up noodles, meat, seafood, and vegetables soup

Seafood dishes (40 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: Seaplant soup | Seaplant salad | Braised mackerel with radish | Fermented soybean paste stew | Fish cake soup | Spicy fish soup | Seasoned dried anchovies | Spicy raw fish soup | Soybean paste based dipping sauce for raw fish | Pollock pancake | Tuna pancake | Squid soup | Korean style fried snapper with seasoning sauce | Fish cakes | See all seafood recipes

Staple ingredients (4 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

Non-Korean recipes (12 recipes)

These delicious recipes are not natively or traditionally Korean. They're ethic recipes taught to Maangchi by some of her readers, or Korean fusion experiments.

Also: Filipino stewed chicken in coconut cream and vinegar | Avocado appetizer and ginkgo nut skewers | Broccoli salad | Collard greens side dishes | Tuna Sandwich | Strawberry Milkshake | Fish head Mee Hoon | Paua fritters, taro chips, and soft tofu dill cream sauce | Steamed chicken rice