Saturday, November 27, 2010
Korean dishes are traditional dishes that based in Koreans’ cooking technique and skills. From palace culinary that required high skills of cooking to specific dishes in certain regions, as well as its collaboration with modern dishes, Korean dishes use different way of using the ingredients and how to serve it.
The basic Korean dishes are contains with rice, noodle, tofu, vegetables, and meat. In Korean traditional dishes, it is well known that there are many savory side dishes (banchan) that eat together with rice and soup. In every meal, Korean provides many different side dishes.
There is no specific rule on how to eat it, which one should eat first or something like that. You don’t even need to do a rock, scissor, paper to start enjoying the side dishes. Just start eating from one you like. My favorite is Doo-boo Cho-rim. It is a seasoned and fried tofu. It taste very delicious and the tofu itself is very soft. Others, you can try Hae-mul Pa-jeon (seafood and vegetable pancake), Jap-chae, O-deng (fish cake), kimchi, and lots more.
Side-dishes usually served in small plates. If you go to medium-large Korean family restaurants, they serve each banchan in small plates. However, if you go to eat in small Korean family restaurants, they commonly put the side dishes in a medium plate that has caved portion. It applies also in every cafeteria in Korean schools and university. The tray is separated in several caved portion for rice, soup, spoon and chopsticks, and several small portions for side dishes.
Explore more Korean side dishes because they have so many savory side dishes. And if you are too lazy to cook all those side dishes, you can go to traditional market and go to banchan shop that sells lots of choices of banchan. Enjoy your meal time!
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