The 10 Best Banchan Korean Side Dishes

When you sit down at a Korean restaurant, the first thing you notice are the small dishes on the table in front of you. 

1. Geotjeori 겉절이 - Fresh Kimchi.

When it comes to the best Korean side dish, nothing beats a bowl of the omnipresent kimchi. 

2: Jangjorim (Soy-Braised Beef)

Jangjorim, one of Korea's most popular side dishes, consists of beef, shisito peppers, garlic, and eggs in soy sauce. 

3: Ganjang Gejang 간장게장 - Soymarinated Crabs

Ganjang gejang is a fermented side dish created by marinating fresh raw crabs (ge) in a sauce.

4: Pa Kimchi (Spring Onion Kimchi)

The second kimchi side dish on this banchan list is pa kimchi, which translates to spring onion or scallion kimchi. 

5: Dubu Jorim (Braised Tofu)

Dubu jorim is a quick and easy braised tofu side dish that is suitable for children and vegans. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. 

6: Gosari Namul (Marinated Fernbrake)

Gosari namul is a Korean side dish made of wild fernbrake or bracken and seasoned with minced garlic, sesame oil, and soy sauce.

7: Kongnamul Muchim (Marinated Beansprouts).

Kongnamul muchim is a refreshing side dish made from marinated beansprouts that is best served in the summer or as a complement to hot winter stews and soup. 

8: Baek Kimchi (White Kimchi)

Baek kimchi, also known as white kimchi, is a type of kimchi that has a clean, refreshing flavor and is cooked without the fiery chilli pepper powder that gives ordinary kimchi its distinctive kick.

9: Gyeran Jjim 계란찜 (Steamed Eggs)

Gyeran jjim is a delicate, fluffy Korean side dish made of steamed eggs that can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a quick snack.

10: Hobak Jeon 호박전 (Zucchini Fritters)

Hobak jeon is a popular Korean side dish that can be made quickly and served alongside any home-cooked dinner.

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