Korean Banchan

Spice up any meal with Korean side dishes.

Spice up any meal with Korean side dishes.

In this issue, I share with you some lovely Korean side dishes. Traditional Korean cuisine will typically have several of these ‘banchan’ to complete a meal. These tasty side dishes will spice up any barbecued meat, but they work just as well with some rice as a vegetarian lunch.

Soy and honey glazed potato

2 tbsp vegetable oil

2 cups cubed potato

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 cup water

1 tbsp honey

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 in. cube ginger, grated

2 spring onions, sliced

black sesame seeds

Heat a nonstick frying pan up and add the vegetable oil. Add the potatoes and fry for about 7 minutes or until browned slightly and halfway cooked. Add water, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger, and cover with a lid. Cook on medium heat for 5 minutes, then remove the lid and add the spring onions. Reduce the sauce for another 5 minutes or until the potatoes are browned and the sauce is sticky. Add sesame seeds to serve.

Spicy spinach

1 bunch spinach

1 tbsp sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, grated

2 in. piece ginger, grated

1 tbsp spicy fermented chili bean paste

Wash and blanch the spinach quickly. Rinse with cold water and squeeze out excess moisture. In a bowl, mix other ingredients well, then add spinach and toss thoroughly. Serve at room temperature.