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Korean Dishes for Beginners

Korean food is highly regarded as one of the top-ranking cultural cuisines, and because of the kinds of ingredients that are mainly present in these dishes, it is also one the healthiest.

Maybe you began your journey enjoying a delicious bowl of kimchi in a Korean restaurant and are now looking to prepare some for yourself or continue exploring the wonderful world of Korean cooking? Well, look no further! We’ve put together five incredible dishes that can be made in an instant.

We can promise that these dishes will get you looking for a Korean supermarket for authentic ingredients and tasty treats in no time!

Vegetables and Egg

Bibimbap

Bibimbap Ingredients:

  • Beef
  • Egg
  • Rice
  • Assortment of vegetables

This incredibly healthy dish offers a great mixture of spicy and savoury flavours by positioning vegetables and steak on boiled rice to create an explosion of colour and taste.

With only a few ingredients, this is a perfect start for beginners.

Haejangguk (Korean Hangover Soup)

Haejangguk Ingredients

  • Beef broth
  • Napa cabbage
  • Assorted vegetables.

This famous dish is known for being perfect after those late nights. However, you can cook this under any circumstances. By infusing these ingredients under low heat, you can create a simple soup that is bursting with flavour.

Beer and Chicken

Chimaek

Chimaek Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Beer

This pairing is well-known for being a delicious treat and the perfect end to a long day.

The Korean beer complements the fried chicken nicely, softening the crunchy chicken for a mouthwatering bite. This dish is perfect for those familiar with the craft of fried chicken and even better for those who love beer.

Sushi rolls

Kimbap

Kimbap Ingredients:

  • Seaweed sheets,
  • Crab
  • Ham
  • Radish

This adoption of the Japanese sushi roll blends tasty fish and meat with nutritious vegetables to create a Korean fusion. An initial lesson in sushi rolling should provide enough guidance to make this delicious dish, gather the Korean ingredients and create a delightful light bite for family and close friends.

Beef burger with onion

Hotteok

Hotteok Ingredients

  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Dry yeast
  • And more

Perfect for a sweet treat on either a sunny morning or a stormy night, have a crack at the Korean sweet pancake filled with tasty syrup. Surprise yourself and your guests by adding other ingredients to the batter. How about including walnuts or other delicious substitutes?

Tteokgalbi (Korean Beef Patties)

Tteokgalbi Ingredients

  • Beef mince
  • Pork mince
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Black pepper

This dish is usually served on holidays, so instead of spending hours roasting that same chicken, how about letting yourself relax by cooking Korean beef patties instead! With a small amount of prep and an effortless cooking method, this enchanting treat will feed the family and allow you to spend your time with your loved ones rather than in the kitchen.

Vegetables on a chopping board

Soondubu JJigae (Korean Soft Tofu Stew)

Soondubu JJigae Ingredients:

  • Tofu
  • Banana prawns
  • Clams
  • And more

This stew brings warmth and comfort with every spoonful, and although there are quite a few ingredients, the process is surprisingly easy. With this dish being one of the most identifiable stews in Korean cuisine, there are plenty of guides, tips and tricks to convert you into a Soondubu Jjigae master.

It’s time to get your cooking utensils out, and head down to your closet Korean supermarket.

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