Ultimate list of veggie-friendly Korean food

This section introduces Korean dishes that are either traditionally vegan / vegetarian by default or are available in veggie-friendly versions. Behind each link, you will find more information about the dish, how to best enjoy it, where to find it and how to order it in Korean according to your needs!

This overview on Korean food is subdivided into main dishes, side dishes, sweets, snacks and anju.

➡️ If you click on the link of a listed food item, you will be redirected to a new page with more information about it! ⬅️

For easy reference, each item is marked with symbols indicating potentially critical ingredients. While some dishes are vegan or vegetarian by default, others will need to be ⚠️customized⚠️.

  • 🌱 – vegan basis
  • 🥛 – dairy
  • 🥚 – egg
  • 🍯 – honey
  • 🚫🌾 – gluten free
  • ⚠️ – double-check or customize!

🌱 Even if the basic recipe may not be vegan,
it may be possible to veganize it or find vegan versions! 🌱


List of vegan and vegetarian Korean food

🍚 Main dishes 🍜

  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Bibimbap 비빔밥: Rice with toppings and sauce. Toppings may include meat🐄. Occasionally, sauce contains meat🐄. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Dolsot-Bibimbap 돌솥비빔밥: Bibimbap served inside a hot stone bowl. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/⚠️ Gang-Doenjang-Bibimbap 강된장비빔밥: Bibimbap served with thick doenjang stew as sauce. Sauce may contain anchovy🐟 or seafood🦐. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/🥚 Sanchae-Bibimbap 산채비빔밥: Bibimbap topped with Korean vegetables and wild herbs. Topping may include egg🥚. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/🥚 Saengyachae-Bibimbap 생야채비빔밥: Bibimbap topped with raw vegetables. Topping may include egg🥚. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/🥚 Saessak-Bibimbap 새싹비빔밥: Bibimbap topped with fresh sprouts, served with mustard sauce. Topping may include egg🥚. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱/⚠️ Gondeurebap 곤드레밥: Rice cooked with dried gondre (Cirsium setidens), served with soy sauce. 🚫🌾 – rarely fish sauce🐟 may be mixed into seasoning sauce.
  • 🌱 Yeonipbap 연잎밥: Rice cooked inside lotus leaf. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Ogokbap 오곡밥: Rice mixed with at least five different kinds of beans and other grains. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱/🥚 Kong-guksu 콩국수: Wheat noodles in chilled soy bean broth and occasionally egg topping.
  • 🌱 Pat-kalguksu 팥칼국수: Wheat noodles in red bean soup.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Japchae 잡채: Glass noodles with stir-fried vegetables, mushrooms and egg – occasionally fish🐟 and meat🐄.
  • 🌱/🥚 Jjolmyeon 쫄면: Cold, chewy wheat noodles with toppings and spicy sauce.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Bibim-myeon 비빔면: Cold wheat noodles mixed with spicy sauce and toppings. Toppings or sauce may contain animal products🐟.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Mak-guksu 막국수: Buckwheat noodles in cold broth. Soup may be based on animal products🐓.
  • 🌱/⚠️ Deulkkae-sujebi 들깨수제비: Hand-made noodles in soup with perilla seeds. Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
  • Savory pancakes 부침개
  • Porridges / congee 죽

🥗 Side dishes (banchan 반찬) 🍆

  • ⚠️ Kimchi 김치: Fermented vegetables. Often seasoned with animal products🐟🦐. 🚫🌾

🍡 Sweet treats / dessert (husik 후식) 🍧

  • 🌱/🥚 Tteok: Korean rice cakes.
    • 🌱 Gamja-tteok 감자떡: Potato-based Tteok. 🚫🌾
  • 🥛 Jjinppang 찐빵: Steamed buns filled with sweet red bean paste.
  • 🌱 Gangjeong 강정: Crunchy bars of caramelized nuts and seeds.
  • 🌱 Yugwa 유과: Deep-fried rice crackers coated in rice puffs.
  • 🍯 Yakgwa 약과: Deep-fried confectionery, normally soaked in honey.
  • 🍯 Dasik 다식: Confectionery from e.g. nuts mixed with honey. 🚫🌾
  • 🍯 Dan-Patjuk 단팥죽: Sweet red bean porridge. 🚫🌾
  • 🥛/🥚 Bingsu 빙수: Shaved ice with sweet toppings.

🌽 Snacks (gansik 간식) / street food 🥡

🍻 Anju 안주 🍶

  • 🥚/🥛/⚠️ Gyeran-mari 계란말이: Rolled omelette with various toppings and fillings – occasionally fish roe🐟 or pieces of ham🐖. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Dubu-buchim 두부부침: Pan-fried slices of tofu. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Dotori-muk muchim 도토리묵무침: Acorn jelly salad.
  • Savory pancakes 부침개
    • 🌱/⚠️ Bindae-tteok 빈대떡: Pancakes made from mung beans. Fish🐟 or meat🐖 may be added. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱/🥛 Hwachae 화채: sweet non-alcoholic drink with chunks of fruit (aka “fruit punch”), occasionally made with milk or soda.

Dubu Buchim (두부부침) and side dishes at restaurant ‘Maetdolloman’ (맺돌로만), Seoul 2019.

✍️ This list is not complete and will be expanded gradually.
Suggestions are welcome!✍️

Feel free to comment below or send me a message! 🤗

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