6 Easy Halal Korean Side Dish Recipes You Can Make To Elevate Your Meal


Ili •  Mar 08, 2021

Ever wondered how to switch things up and take your everyday meals to the next level? Look no further than this list of easy halal Korean side dish recipes! Also known as banchan (or bansang) in Korean, these side dishes are jam-packed with flavours and most importantly, simple to make at home. Dive right into the recipes and get ready to impress everyone at home ?

1. Spicy cucumber salad

Crunchy and spicy with a hint of sweet and tang - that's what you'll get with spicy cucumber salad (called oi muchim in Korean). It's the perfect side dish during the hot and humid days. Adding a kick of freshness to your meal, check out Korean Bapsang's easy Korean cucumber salad to get started.

2. Egg roll

Gyeran-mari is a Korean rolled omelette, similar to tamagoyaki (Japanese rolled a omelette). This savoury side dish is both quick and easy to make, plus it makes for a healthy choice of protein that pairs well with pretty much any dish. This simple egg roll recipe from Kimchi Mari includes handy tips, tricks and variations of the dish you can try out.

3. Kimchi

Kimchi is a staple of Korean cuisine that's loved not just in Korea but around the world too! This spicy dish of fermented vegetables is used both as a side dish or in cooking delicious Korean recipes like kimchi fried rice and kimchi stew. While it's pretty easy to find halal kimchi in supermarkets, why not try and make it yourself? Not only is it easy, but you also get to adjust the seasonings to your preference! We'll show you just how to make kimchi with our easy halal kimchi recipe.

4. Korean seasoned spinach

Wondering how to use up your greens in the fridge? Sigumchi namul (Korean seasoned spinach) is the answer! It's a side dish that's often enjoyed in most Korean households and served for just about every meal. It takes less than 20 minutes to prepare - so while you've got your rice cooking on the side, whip it up using Korean Bapsang's recipe and you'll have it ready in time for a nice, warm meal.

5. Pan-fried zucchini 

Add some crunch to your meal by making pan-fried zucchini. Otherwise known as hobak jon, you can easily pair it with almost any other dish or just eat it on its own because it's just that delicious. Using basic ingredients like zucchini, flour, egg and some salt, this pancake-like side dish is a no-brainer to make so if you're a beginner in the kitchen, this is the one for you to make! Go ahead and check out the recipe from My Korean Kitchen.

6. Tteokbokki

While typically eaten as a snack, ttekbokki (Korean spicy rice cakes) is super versatile and can be enjoyed as a side dish as well. It's one of the most popular Korean street foods around and it’s not hard to see why it’s so well-loved. Rich with umami and perfectly comforting, we’re already drooling at the thought of having some spicy rice cakes ourselves. Don't waste another second and check out out this halal tteokbokki recipe!

With these side dishes, prepare to take your meals from okay to amazing! ? For more simple recipes, check these out: