The Korean dinner table is a mosaic of complimentary dishes and flavors. A bubbling bowl of jjigae neighbors a plate of sticky and sweet beef short ribs. A steaming stone bowl of short grain rice waits to be smothered with spoonfuls of bulgogi. Any inch of open space left on the table is filled with little side dishes called banchann. Garlic, ginger, sesame, and chiles are used generously in almost all of these dishes.
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