5 Korean Side Dishes You Need To Try

By Stephanie Lemus

Side dishes aren’t made just to sit on the edge of the table while you eat the main course. They are a part of the meal, part of the experience. In Korean cuisine, Banchan (반찬) are side dishes that are usually served with rice. Banchan can come in any form, from soup to pickled bean sprouts; There are hundreds of banchan out there but here are just a few that can introduce your taste buds to an entirely new world of flavor.

The classic soybean paste stew, Doenjang-jjigae (된장찌개), is one of the most popular stews in Korea. It’s made of vegetables, seafood or pork and doenjang (된장) which is fermented soybean paste. Doenjang-jjigae can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s nothing better than Doenjang-jjigae on a cold day, it’s comforting and delicious; this stew gives you a piece of Korea, you can enjoy from anywhere. It’s usually a homemade dish, so for those of you who want to try making it, Mangchi has the recipe here on her blog. This savory stew is worth all the work.

If soup isn’t your kind of side dish, then there’s Gamja-jorim (감자조림), which is potatoes braised in soy sauce. All you need for this side dish are potatoes, soy sauce, dry sea kelp, and green onions. There’s no need to worry if your not an expert cook and you’re afraid about messing it up. This is one of the easier dishes to make, Holly from Beyond Kimchee explains the process in more depth here.

For those of you who liked pickled side dishes like kimchi, try Mumallaengi-muchim (무말랭이무침). These seasoned dried radish strips are slightly crunchy and taste great with just about any other dishes. You can get radish strips at any Korean grocery store and  Mumallaengi-muchim can be found at some Korean restaurants. Mangchi, queen of cooking, also has a video on how to make it if you want to give it a try.

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Do you want an eggcellent banchan? How about Gyeran-mari (계란말이)? This rolled up omelet is perfect for a lunchbox and it’s also a popular drinking food in Korea. You can put anything in them if you want to, things like green onions and carrots if you want something simple. Gim (김) or seaweed is another ingredient you can add to this side dish. They’re bite-sized and packed with flavor. Hyosun from Korean Bapsang has got you covered with her recipe.

For those vegetable lovers who just can’t get enough, there’s Kongnamul Muchim (콩나물 무침), also known as seasoned bean sprouts. This dish is quite common and can be found in most Korean restaurants. It can also be easily made at home with easy to follow steps. Crazy Korean Cooking can help you out on your cooking adventure with their recipe. It can be made spicy or non-spicy, it’s all up to you and your preferences.

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With so many side dishes, the possibilities are endless. Do yourself a favor and try them out; make them, buy them or try them at a restaurant. Whatever you choose you won’t be disappointed.  

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