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Korea: Recipes and Cuisine

Dongdaemun Market stall Seoul, South Korea

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Koreans are often called the Irish of Asia, and their cooking has been referred to as "Japanese food with guts." Dishes are hearty and bracing. Garlic, scallions, chilies, soy sauce and sesame are essential flavorings for many dishes. Rice is the main staple, although noodles are popular too. The pickled cabbage called kimchi is a national treasure.

Typical Korean Dishes

A list of typical Korean dishes and foods. Use it to help you plan a Korean-style meal, party or festival.


  • Goon Mandu (Fried dumplings)
  • Pajon (Scallion pancakes)
  • Twigin (Assorted fritters)

Soups and Stews

  • Kimchi Jjigae (Kimchi stew)
  • On Myon (Noodle soup)
  • Soon Tubu Jjigae (Spicy tofu stew)
  • Tubu Kook (Tofu soup)
  • Wanja Tang (Meatball soup)


  • Beuseus Namul (Stir-fried mushrooms)
  • Habak Namul (Zucchini salad)
  • Kaji Namul (Eggplant salad)
  • Muu Namul (Daikon salad)
  • Oee Namul Muchim (Cucumber salad)
  • Ojingau Kyouja Seng Chie (Seafood salad)
  • Sang Meenari Muchim (Watercress salad)
  • Sigumchi Namul (Sesame spinach salad)
  • Sookju Namul (Bean sprout salad)

Pasta and Noodles

  • Jap Chae (Mixed vegetable and noodle stir fry)
  • Naeng Myun (Cold buckwheat noodles in broth)


  • Dak Bulgogi (Barbeque chicken)
  • Dak Jjim (Braised chicken)


  • Bibimbap (Beef and rice with side dishes)
  • Bulgogi (Barbeque beef)
  • Kalbi Jjim (Braised beef short ribs)
  • Sogogi Jang Jolim (Shredded beef in soy sauce)
  • Yuk Sanjook (Grilled beef skewers)

Fish and Seafood

  • Gye Tang (Crab stew)
  • Nagchi Bokeum (Squid in spicy sauce)
  • Ojingau Feu (Squid with dipping sauce)
  • Ojingau Sooday (Stuffed squid)
  • Sen Saen Yang Jung Changkai (Grilled spiced fish)

Vegetables and Beans

  • Da Shima Twigim (Fried kelp)
  • Goguma (Sweet potatoes)
  • Hobakjon (Fried zucchini)
  • Tubu Choerim (Spiced tofu)
  • Tubu Gui (Stuffed tofu)

Rice and Starches

  • Bap (Steamed rice)
  • Bindae Duk (Mung bean pancake)
  • Pajon (Scallion pancakes)


  • Myulchi Boekum (Dried anchovy condiment)
  • Yang Yeum Kaniang (Dipping sauce)

Pickles and Preserves

  • Baechu Kimchi (Cabbage pickle)
  • Kaji Kimchi (Eggplant pickle)
  • Kkakdugi Kimchi (Daikon pickle)


  • Fresh Fruit


  • Bori Cha (Roasted barley tea)
  • Jungjong (Korean sake)
  • Soju (Rice liquor)
  • Soo Jeung Kwa (Persimmon punch)


  • Jat Juk (Pine nut porridge)
  • Kangnamul Kuk Bap (Rice porridge)

Korean Recipes

Try these traditional recipes from Korea.

Jap Chae

Jap chae Korean vegetables and noodles

(Korean mixed vegetable and noodle stir fry)


Seafood pajeon pancake

(Korean scallion pancake)


Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice bowl with toppings)

(Korean mixed rice bowl with toppings)