5 must-try side dishes for your next BBQ feast
Banchan or the Korea’s version of side dishes is eaten in almost every Korean meal. You might have noticed these complimentary sides the last time you ate in a Korean restaurant. The awesome thing about these banchans is that they are savoury on their own that it just perfectly starts the awesome Korean meal that is about to happen.
We understand that identifying or even remembering the names of each Korean side dish can be quite a challenge at first on your part because there are hundreds of them. So in addition to your usual kimchi, we at Korean BBQ Online share our list below of 5 tasty banchans that you should look out for the next time:
1. Myulchi Bokkeum (fried anchovies)
This is one popular ba nchan that can be quite addicting due to its crunchiness and perfect combination of saltiness and sweetness. You can also experiment with the taste by adding some honey or sesame seed oil on the anchovies.
2. Sukjunamul (mung bean sprouts)
This is one of the easiest banchans to make because it is just a combination of mung bean sprouts, garlic, sesame oil, and a dash of salt. You can also try adding some cucumbers into the mix for more variety. This crunchy side dish just tastes so clean and fresh you’ll be tempted to order more.
3. Japchae (glass noodles)
These are noodles made from sweet potatoes and then stir-fried using sesame oil. People often put some vegetables and meat into this dish which makes it a great main dish as well. This is definitely one of the healthier Korean noodles that you’ll ever get to taste!
4. Yeongeun Jorim (candied lotus root)
You’re missing out on a lot if you still haven’t tasted this side dish. The lotus plant is more found in Asia and Australia and has only started to be featured in western dishes. The marinated lotus root has a great combination of saltiness and sweetness which makes it just perfect to munch on before eating a full-course meal.
5. Ojingeochae Muchim (dried shredded squid)
Here’s another banchan that perfectly executes that salty and sweet taste. Think of this side dish as squid jerky. In fact, this has been a huge hit that shredded squid is now being mass-produced and sold in various stores in the western hemisphere.
We hope we gave you some great ideas on other interesting banchans to serve during your Korean BBQ meals. We at Korean BBQ Online can take care of your sides and sauces. Feel free to contact us today so we can deliver them straight to your doorstep!