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5 Essential Korean Side Dishes (Banchan)

Korean side dishes, also known as ‘Banchan’, are an integral part of the Korean meals. They are eaten along with soups or rice. The Banchan adds flavour and an authentic touch to the Korean meals. Take a look at these 5 Korean side dishes will leave you greedy for more!

 

Korean Scallion Pancake (Pajeon)

 Pajeon or the traditional Korean pancake, in Korea makes for a healthy appetizer. It can be paired with many healthy fillings to make it a wholesome meal. You can prepare the pancake using flour, eggs, scallions and serve it with some spicy dipping sauce.

Korean Scallion Pancake - Korean Side Dishes

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Tofu and Meat Patties (Wanja Jun)

The Wanja Jun belongs to the Korean food group called jun-ya, any vegetables, sea food or meat, covered in flour and egg which is then pan-fried. It is easy to prepare, and uses beef, tofu, eggs, and flavours for seasoning.

 

Spicy Korean Coleslaw

If you’re looking for a healthy Asian salad, an easy Korean salad made with cabbage (yang baechu) is just right. It is light and great for those days when you want to avoid a heavy meal.

 

Steamed egg (Gaeran jim)

Eggs are enjoyed in any meal by the Koreans, and make for an easy and delicious side dish. This easy dish uses only eggs and scallions which gives it enough flavour and makes it an excellent banchan.

Steamed egg - Banchan

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Stir Fried Anchovies (Myulchi Bokum)

The Myulchi Bokum is full of crunchy flavours, is easy to prepare and is healthy. This uses dried anchovies, soy sauce, mirin and seasoning and makes for a delectable side dish.

 

Korean Braised Tofu

Like Australians, Korean’s love their tofu, and a meal with tofu makes for a savoury dish. Braised tofu is prepared using tofu, anchovy stock and garnished with sesame seeds, making for a healthy, ‘sweet and spicy’ side meal.

Korean Braised Tofu - Korean Side Dishes

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The next time you think of the Korean banchan, think outside the Kimchi. Korean side dishes complement and provide original flavours to your Asian meals.

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