Something You Should Eat: Banchan

August 16, 2010

Steve Dolinsky is on vacation this week. We are re-publishing some of his past posts to keep you company! Steve will return on August 24th.


Banchan assortment at San Soo Gap San (photo by Steve Dolinsky)

Attention vegetarians: you can still find peace with your meat-eating brethren. ‚ Just head to any Korean BBQ restaurant, and have your bovine-eating friends snag the grilled short ribs, because you're in store for a serious veggie attack. Banchan is the series of tiny vegetable side dishes that traditionally accompany a meal of stone rice bowls or marinated and grilled short ribs (kalbi). ‚ One of the best examples of banchan variety is at San Soo Gap San, on the city's North Side. ‚ You'll no doubt see a few dishes of kimchi - Korea's national dish of spicy, fermented napa cabbage - but you'll also spot plenty of bean sprouts, daikon radish (in several forms), plus fish cakes, lotus root and one of my favorites: potato salad!