Quick, cheap, few-ingredient Korean recipes?

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    Hello Maangchi forum,

    I am a college student. Cost, time, and convenience are a big deal for me. I recently made some kimchi fried rice (leaving out some ingredients I didn’t have on hand) and was amazed by the tastiness/time ratio of the dish. Thus, do any other Korean recipes come to mind which are cheap, quick to prepare, and have few, long-shelf-life ingredients?




    I can think of my kimchiguk recipe. It contains meat, kimchi, and lots of tofu, so it’s pretty much a well balanced diet. You won’t need any other side dishes. But if you want some green stuff, chew a small cucumber. : )

    Make rice and eat it with kimchiguk. You can replace pork with beef, too. https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/kimchiguk



    Hi Jordango,

    Having kimchi, gochujang and red pepper powder you can make a lot of yummy and fast dishes and they last a long time so it’s great. I like convenient, cheap and fast too so having only those 3 ingredients you can make:

    -ddeokbokki: I buy the rice cakes in the korean shop and put them in the freezer and make whenever. It takes 5 minutes or so to make (I make smaller quantity of maangchi’s recipe).

    – bibimguksu: you’ll need just cucumber and egg, but even without cucumber it tastes great. And you can boil several eggs and keep them on fridge for several days too!

    – Ssambap: If you make rice, make some meat just boiled or fried cut in pieces and buy some veggie like lettuce or perilla leaves you get ssambap. Later you only have to wrap the veggie in a bit of gochujang, the veggie, rice and some garlic or so if you want and that’s it.

    – kimchijjiggae: Only pork and tofu needed.

    – kimchi pajeon: Just eggs needed.

    That’s what I can think of but I’m sure there are more recipes with few ingredients and fast. Just remember not to be careful with the salt intake as both kimchi and gochujang are salty so it wouldn’t be healthy to eat them every day.

    Good luck cooking!



    I was thinking about it and another option is to modify Mangchi’s kimchi fried rice a little bit to make a different dish. In Korea you can find kimchi tuna fried rice (made with canned tuna) (김치참치볶음밥) or bacon fried rice (베이컨에그볶음밥), meat fried rice (소고기볶음밥)… You can modify it freely depending on what you have on your fridge. I can’t give you recipes for those but if you copy the name in hangeul in google and you search in images you can see clearly what ingredients you need to use.

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