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Vegan Banchan

Banchan is South Korea’s version of Spanish tapas. A collection of small side dishes, a mix of hot and cold, served alongside rice and usually a main dish such as bulgogi. All served in the centre of the table and meant to be shared. It creates a wonderful social eating experience. Here we have various Vegan Banchan recipes.

Banchan is perfect for vegans as many of the traditional recipes are already plant-based. However, make sure the gochujang paste and kimchi are vegan. Kimchi, a traditional Korean dish of fermented cabbage, may contain fish sauce, so make sure to look at all the ingredients.

For my banchan meal, I served a main dish of bulgogi. A classic Korean BBQ dish traditionally made with thin strips of meat. I substituted in pressed mushrooms to maintain the meaty texture and not lose any of the flavours. Sliced thinly and served in a delicious sauce made with soy sauce, pear, gochujang, agave syrup, ginger and garlic.

Vegan Mushroom Bulgogi

For a typical Korean meal, you could serve a plate of bulgogi with enough rice for everyone together with the following banchan. It is also traditional to serve kimchi as a banchan.

Vegan Mushroom Bulgogi
Pressed portobello mushrooms for a meaty texture in a delicious korean sauce.
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Vegan Banchan

Korean Braised Potatoes (Gamja Jorim)

Potato Vegan Banchan
Potatoes braised in a sweet and savoury sauce. These are perfect as a banchan, eaten hot or cold. They also keep for a couple of days in the fridge.
Gamja Jorim (Korean Braised Potatoes)
A popular Korean side dish, potatoes braised in a sweet soy sauce.
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Spicy Tofu (Dubu-gangjeong)

Spicy Tofu Vegan Banchan
Crispy tofu in a sweet and spicy Korean tomato sauce. Cooking the tofu in the oven creates a wonderful meaty texture that’s also amazing as a dish on its own served with rice.
Vegan Spicy Korean Tofu
Crispy tofu in a spicy tomato sauce.
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Seasoned Mung Bean Sprouts (Sukju Namul)

Bean Sprout Vegan Banchan
Mung bean sprouts flavoured in a sesame oil and garlic dressing.
Sukju Namul (Korean Mung Bean Sprouts)
A quick and simple korean banchan. Mung bean sprouts in a toasted sesame oil dressing.
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Cucumber (Oi Muchim)

Cucumber Vegan Banchan
Sliced cucumbers in a sweet and spicy Korean dressing.
Korean Cucumber Banchan
Sliced cucumbers in a sweet and spicy Korean dressing. Perfect as an easy banchan.
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Broccoli Banchan

Broccoli Vegan Banchan
Steamed tenderstem broccoli in a spicy Korean dressing.
Korean Broccoli Banchan
A quick and easy vegan Korean banchan. Steamed broccoli in a spicy Korean dressing.
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