[Updated 16 June 2021]
We've said it before and we'll say it again: we love Korean food! Whether it's a hearty bowl of tteokbokki or savoury pot of kimchi jjigae, there are all kinds of amazing dishes to enjoy and it's easy to find one for whichever mealtime you're looking at. With this list of easy halal Korean recipes below, we've got you covered from your morning breakfast all the way to your late-night supper fix ?
As one of the many popular Korean street foods, gyeran-bbang (also known as egg bread) is a simple yet amazingly delicious treat that gives you the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavours. Further elevated by various toppings such as cheese, green herbs and tomato sauce, it's an ideal breakfast if you're not used to a heavy meal first thing in the morning. Can't wait to try it out? Go ahead and check out this halal gyeran-bbang recipe to get your treat sorted for the day.
2. Gilgeori toast
Far from your average sandwich, gilgeori toast (also known as Korean street toast) gives you a delicious blend of sweet and savoury flavours with a load of vegetables packed between buttery toasts. It’s a great meal to have for breakfast or even brunch - and with just one bite, you might've just found your favourite go-to meal to make! Click here to see how you can make yourself a delicious, halal gilgeori toast recipe.
3. Egg Drop sandwich
If we had to include a sandwich in this list, it has to be the Egg Drop sandwich from the widely loved K-drama, Hospital Playlist. Thanks to the show, we've been introduced to this amazingly thick toast that originally comes from a popular Korean chain known as Egg Drop. Anytime one of the characters takes a bite out of this amazing looking sandwich, our stomachs rumble and our mouths water. So if you’re anything like us and are dreaming of a taste of buttery brioche toast and fluffy eggs, this easy Egg Drop recipe will remedy that immediately.
P.S. For more breakfast options, check out our full list here!
1. Kimchi fried rice
Simple, delicious and foolproof - that's the beauty of kimchi fried rice. There are plenty of recipe variations on kimchi fried rice online, but as long as you have the basic ingredients like rice, kimchi and a few key pantry essentials that are important for Korean cuisine (e.g sesame oil, gochujang and gochugaru), you're good to go! Of course, you're more than welcome to add other things that you can find in your kitchen, which is what you'll see in this easy kimchi fried recipe.
P.S. For more fried rice recipes, whip up these 8 delicious fried rice recipes from around the world.
One of the most iconic dishes in Korea is jajangmyeon or jjajangmyeon (black bean sauce noodles). This fascinating combination of Korean-Chinese cuisines is much-loved in both Korea and our part of the world too. While it typically uses yellow or wheat noodles, you can always substitute it with instant ramen noodles because the key ingredient here is actually halal chunjang, the black bean paste that gives the dish its dark colour and flavour. Go ahead and check out how to make jajangmyeon with this easy recipe.
For those who have attempted making their own halal jajangmyeon, it’s time to move onto jjamppong! This seafood noodle soup is also another popular Korean-Chinese dish that’s packed with tons of flavours. Perfect for warming you right up, it's a satisfying and delicious meal to share with your family - get started with this easy halal jjampong recipe.
1. Budae jjigae
If you’re looking for a way to use that jar of kimchi that’s been sitting in your fridge for a while, kimchi jjigae is your answer. Spicy, soothing and superbly delicious, it’s a simple dish to make and perfect to chow down on a chilly night. Traditionally, kimchi jjigae uses pork shoulder or pork belly as one of its main ingredients since it pairs well with the soup. But it’s still possible to make a tasty dish using other meats! With this halal kimchi jjigae recipe, prepare to enjoy a mouthwatering bowl of kimchi stew from the comfort of your own home.
2. Kimchi jjigae
Budae jjiage, also known as Korean Army Stew, is a hearty kimchi stew that you simply have to try. Traditionally, budae jjigae includes pork and processed meats (i.e Spam which is canned cooked ham) but the beauty of this one-pot meal is that you can get creative with the ingredients! So with a little tweaking and swapping around, this simple halal budae jjigae recipe is one that you can easily make at home and indulge for dinner.
3. Sundubu jjigae
If you're a fan of savoury stews like kimchi jjigae and budae jjigae, then it's only right that you treat yourself to a warm bowl of sundubu jjigae. This popular Korean soft tofu stew is made with everything that you can expect in a comforting meal - extra soft tofu, thinly sliced meat, kimchi and an amazingly flavourful broth. Perfect for a rainy night, dive right into this halal sundubu jjigae recipe and whip up a bowl of yummy Korean stew at home.
For those who are fans of both Korean rice cakes and noodles, nothing could be more perfect than a bowl of rabokki (ramen and tteokbokki). Combining the best of both worlds, this dish is super easy to whip up on your own. It makes for a great comfort food and should definitely be your go-to late-night snack. Spicy, savoury and addictive all at once, check out this halal rabokki recipe to get started!
Step into any Korean restaurant and you'll probably see a section of the menu dedicated to savoury pancakes. The most famous among these is pajeon (scallion pancakes), though you'll often find kimchijeon (kimchi pancakes) and haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancakes). These crispy pancakes are usually served with a dipping sauce and they make for a simply delicious side dish! It's also super simple to make halal Korean pancakes at home from scratch, and we'll show you how with this easy halal pajeon recipe!
Tteokbokki is 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. If you’ve been craving this dish just like us, the good news is that you can easily make it by yourself at home! With this halal tteokbokki recipe, prepare to whip up a delicious pot of goodness for your next snack (or even meal!).
P.S. Craving for more? Here's a list 6 Korean snack recipes to enjoy while watching your favourite K-drama!
With this list, you're now ready to enjoy a full day of Korean flavours ? For more recipes, make sure to check these out:
- 6 Easy Halal Korean Bread Recipes You Can Make At Home
- 6 Easy Halal Korean Dessert Recipes To Enjoy For A Sweet Weekend Treat
- 7 Easy Halal Korean Street Food Recipes To Make At Home