Which will you kim-choose to try?

Even though these dishes are called “side dishes”, they’re more than optional dishes you can skip out when enjoying a Korean meal or KBBQ prepared at home. In fact, they’re essential when it comes to enjoying Korean cuisine as some of these dishes are, in a way, even eaten like main dishes with rice and soup.

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If Korean drama made you curious to try out Korean cuisine or you need flavors to contrast your rich and savory homemade KBBQ, here are 8 bachan recipes you can do at home!


A staple in Korea, kimchi is a salty, sour, and spicy banchan that can be made with a variety of vegetables and can be added in a number of other Korean dishes for an extra layer of flavor.

Fun fact: Kimchi recipes differ depending on the region. 

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If you’re in a hurry to enjoy your kimchi or you don’t have napa cabbage, here’s a recipe from Maangchi:

Tip: Have more time on your hands? Try out this Napa Cabbage Kimchi and Radish Kimchi Recipe from Maangchi.


Pajeon is a savory pancake that may be normally served as a snack and as an appetizer but at KBBQ restaurants, it is also served as banchan.

Haemul Pajeon and Dipping Sauce
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Enjoy a savory pancake with seafood and scallions no matter what time of the day by trying out Seonkyoung Longest’s recipe of haemeul pajeon:

Steamed Egg

Like your eggs simple yet delectable, then you’ll definitely enjoy the Korean steamed egg!

Korean Steamed Eggs
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Here’s a simple recipe by Angela Kim that you should try if you like your eggs prepared that way:


Served as an appetizer, a side dish, or a main dish (over a bed of rice), Japchae is a light Korean banchan that’s packed with ingredients and of course, packed with flavor.

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Enjoy your KBBQ with this classic banchan by making your own with the help of Angela Minji Kim‘s recipe:

Korean Fish Cake

Also called eomuk bokkeum or oden bokkeum, this cheap, easy, and quick dish is a must-have at your Korean BBQ spread.

Spicy Stir Fried Fish Cakes
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Make a small batch for lunch (or a huge batch for future home KBBQ parties) with the help of KEEMI’s recipe:

Braised Potatoes

Sticky, sweet, and chewy, braised potatoes are the perfect contrast to the savory and salty flavors of the banchan and the KBBQ meat.

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Need something sweet to balance all the flavors out? Make your own braised potatoes at home with Aeri’s Kitchen‘s recipe:

Braised Tofu

If you like spicy food and tofu, we suggest that you don’t miss out on making Braised Tofu.

Braised Tofu
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Here’s a recipe of this banchan you can try by chaumeinguy:

Stir-Fried Soybean Sprouts

Can’t get enough veggie side dishes? Here’s another to add to the mix: stir-fried soybean sprouts, a slightly spicy and healthy banchan.

Spicy Stir Fried Soybean Sprouts
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Want to make some for yourself at home? Simply follow Ommas Kitchen’s recipes:

Looking for more recipes for you to try? Simply type RECIPE in the Booky Guide to see the different things you can make at home from soju cocktails to famous restaurant dishes like Max’s Sizzling Tofu.