Thursday, March 11, 2010

Korean Side Dishes

Our tour guide said that every Korean meal includes anywhere from 2 to 12 side dishes (banchan). The most important and well-known is kimchi, of which there are 100+ varieties. Pretty interesting!
Anyhow, here are some Korean side dishes served to us during our visit to South Korea. The only side dish I like is Kimchi. I actually bought a jar of kimchi when we were there. And now it's all gone. I might need to look around in the grocery store to see if they sell kimchi.
The dried seaweed (black color)called “GimJaban” has very similar taste with the seaweed that is used for kimbap or sushi.

Wikipedia says, Kimchi (orange color), also spelled gimchi or kimchee, is a traditional Korean fermented dish made of vegetables with varied seasonings, most commonly referring to the spicy baechu variety. Kimchi is the most common banchan, or side dish in Korea. Kimchi is also a common ingredient and combined with other ingredients to make dishes such as kimchi stew (kimchi jjigae) and kimchi fried rice (kimchi bokkeumbap).

The Korean bean sprout side-dish (white), KongNaMul MuChim, is a very common and popular side-dish. It is a non-spicy side-dish, but you can add some hot pepper powder to give a little kick if you like spicy food.

The green color side dish is called steam seaweed.





12 diner's comment:

nice A said...

Oh, my & hubby's favorite kimchi! I used to make my own kimchi but now I can't find that red powder to ferment it. My Korean student used to give me a lot of it every time he got back from Korea. I also like that sprouted mung beans and the fresh and dried seaweeds. Our Korean friends introduced them to us.
Thanks for the visit, Dhemz:)

Mrs. Kolca said...

opppss.. no kimchi for me.. i don't like seaweed too.. i can only eat the mongo sprout.. mapili eh.. haha!

Eden said...

Kalami ana.. dugay na ko wala katilaw ug Korean foods.. gigutom jud ko nagtan aw sa mga pagkaon..hehehe

analou said...

If i am not mistaken dhemz, ang gibayang sa airplane dadtong last ko nagvisit sa philippines is kimchi too. I like it. Asiana airline man gud to among gisakyan.......Kalame pud dani nga pagkaon oi... sa picture palang lame na. I guess sa tinoond pod. Have a nice day my friend.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Ang pinaka famous nga na side dish sa Korea eh kimchi. Para yun yung achara natin. Lahat yata nang Korean dish eh me kimchi as side dish. Thanks for the post. God bless you all always.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

WOW! That looks super-delicious!!

Bhavesh

 

Anne said...

interesting ang fuddy nila sis D. Nice sad naka visit kana sa Korea. Where man next destination.. :-)

chubskulit said...

pinapamiss mo talaga ako sa korean dish sis hahaha.. our fave kimchi is the cabbage one, buminbili nga kami dito eh yung nasa jar..

woodsman said...

THat's what great about Korean cuising all the banchan

Cecile said...

sarap nitong Korean foods mo, dhemz; kadtong usa ka adlaw kaon mi didto, gusto unta nako ug tikaw kanang bibimbap, kaso wa man sila wahhhh, unsa man nga restoran to , walang bibimbap? amon gikaon ang broiled mackerek and beef soup...

Cecile said...

oops, mackerel diay :-)

CaptainRunner said...

Does Kimchi tastes sweet?