A selection banchan ( side dishes)
Banchan or bansang is a Korean term for a selection of side dishes that are served together with rice as part of a meal. The side dishes are typically placed in the centre of the table for all to share. A basic bansang ( side dish meal ) setting will consist of rice, soup, gochujang ( Korean red chilli paste), soya sauce, Jjigae ( a spicy Korean stew) or Bulgogi ( Korean grilled meat ) and Kimchi ( fermented cabbage). Many other banchan ( sides) may be added for special occasions
In addition to the above, the following are a selection of these side dishes with Chillies if you wanted to make your own bansang
Chamchijeon – Spicy tuna pancakes
Sssamjang – a spicy dipping sauce for vegetables and meat
Oi Muchim – Spicy cucumber salad
Myulchi Bokkeum – Fried anchovies and nuts with chillies
Dubu Jorim - Spicy braised Tofu
While all of the above are spicy in some form or the other, dishes like Sukju namul ( seasoned beansprouts), Hobak Bokkeum ( fried zucchini), Gyeranjjim ( steamed eggs ) and a host of other non-spicy banchan can be served
A bansang can consist of anything up to 12 dishes . In Korea, the number of banchan served at sitting is denoted by a serving name. Six banchan would, for example, be a 6 cheop bansang and a twelve dish meal would be a 12 cheop etc.
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