Thom's Recipe File
Of course when someone hears the words, "Korean Foods" they immediately
think of "Kimchi". Kimchi is in fact served with almost every meal in
Korea. However, Korean Foods are more than kimchi as this is merely a side
dish with their meal. Their foods are highly spiced and very tasty.
When I think of Korean food, I think of many small dishes of food or side
dishes. Korean food stands out from other cuisines with the many side
dishes (banchan) that are served during meals. The number of side dishes can
range anywhere from 2 to 12, but everyday meals feature at least a few. So
when you eat at a Korean restaurant, your various side dishes will come to
you before your meal in small bowls, and can be anything from vegetables to
meat to seafood prepared in any number of ways. Korean dishes are all served
at the same time, so there are no separate courses like in Western
Another thing I think of with Korean Foods is Barbecue
or "pulgoki". Korean barbecue is not only popular in Korea it is
also popular with many Americans.
Broiled beef rib ("sokalbigui")
is also one of the popular dishes in Korea. This meat dish is very
close to that of the barbequed beef. However the taste is quite
different. Just try it and I know you will like it.
Rice is the backbone of almost every
Korean meal. On rare occasions, noodles will replace the rice, but the vast
majority of the time, every person eats a bowl of rice with their meal.
Typically, each person will also have their own bowl of soup or stew.
The side dishes and main dish or dishes, which can be meat, seafood, or tofu
are all be served family-style in the middle of the table.