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 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! 🌱

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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.
  • 🌱 Yeonnip-bap 연잎밥: Rice steamed 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.
  • 🌱/⚠️ Deulkkae-kalguksu 들깨칼국수: Wheat noodles in soup with perilla seeds. Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ 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, topping includes egg🥚.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Bibim-myeon 비빔면: Cold wheat noodles mixed with spicy sauce and toppings, including egg🥚. Toppings or sauce may contain animal products🐟.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Bibim-guksu 비빔국수: Cold wheat noodles mixed with spicy sauce and toppings, including egg🥚. Toppings or sauce may contain animal products🐟.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Mak-guksu 막국수: Buckwheat noodles in cold broth, topping includes egg🥚. Soup may be based on animal products🐓.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Yeolmuguksu 열무국수: Wheat noodles in cold Kimchi broth, topped includes egg🥚. Kimchi and sauce may contain animal products🐟.
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Bibim-yeolmuguksu 비빔열무국수: Cold wheat noodles mixed with spicy sauce, topped includes egg🥚 and Kimchi. Kimchi and sauce may contain animal products🐟.
  • 🌱/⚠️ Deulkkae-sujebi 들깨수제비: Hand-made noodles in soup with perilla seeds. Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
  • Savory pancakes 부침개
    • 🥚 Hobak-jeon 호박전: Fried Korean squash coated in egg batter.
  • Porridges / congee 죽
  • Stews 찌개
    • 🌱/⚠️ Doenjang jjigae 된장찌개: Tofu stew seasoned with doenjang (된장). Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
    • 🌱/⚠️ Cheonggukjang jjigae 청국장찌개: Tofu stew seasoned with cheonggukjang (청국장). Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
    • 🥚/⚠️ Sundubu jjigae 순두부찌개: Soft tofu stew, often spicy. Normally fresh egg🥚 as topping. Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.
    • 🌱/⚠️ Deulkkae sundubu jjigae 들깨순두부찌개: Soft tofu stew with perilla seeds. Soup may be based on animal products🐟🦐.

🥗 Side dishes (banchan 반찬) 🍆

  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Namul banchan 나물반찬: Various vegetable side dishes. May contain animal products, e.g. eggs🥚 or anchovy🐟.
  • 🌱/⚠️ Kong-jorim 콩조림 / Kong-jaban 콩자반: Beans braised in soy sauce. Sometimes small dried anchovies🐟 are added.
  • ⚠️ Kimchi 김치: Fermented vegetables. Often seasoned with animal products🐟🦐. 🚫🌾

🍡 Sweet treats / dessert (husik 후식) 🍧

  • 🌱/🥚 Tteok: Korean rice cakes.
    • 🌱 Mosi-tteok 모시떡: Tteok flavored with ramie leaves. 🚫🌾
  • 🥛 Bori-tteok 보리떡 / Bori-ppang 보리빵: Steamed buns or bread with barley.
  • 🥛 Jjinppang 찐빵: Steamed buns filled with sweet red bean paste.
  • 🥛 Oksusu sul-ppang 옥수수술빵: Steamed corn bread without filling.
  • 🥛 Sul-ppang 술빵: Sweet steamed bread without filling.
  • 🌱 (Yeot-)Gangjeong (엿)강정: Crunchy bars consisting of puffed grains (ppeong-twigi 뻥튀기), caramelized nuts or seeds.
  • 🌱 Yugwa 유과: Deep-fried rice crackers coated in rice puffs or other grains.
  • 🌱/🍯 Yakgwa 약과: Deep-fried confectionery, soaked in syrup that sometimes contains honey.
  • 🍯 Dasik 다식: Confectionery from powdered grains or nuts mixed with honey. 🚫🌾
  • 🍯 Dan-patjuk 단팥죽: Sweet red bean porridge. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Sikhye 식혜: Korean rice drink, fermented with malt and sugar.
  • 🥛/🥚 Bingsu 빙수: Shaved ice with sweet toppings.

🌽 Snacks (gansik 간식) / street food 🥡

  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Kimbap 김밥: Rice, vegetables and egg -normally also ham🐖 and fishcake🐟- wrapped in sea laver. 🚫🌾 (⚠️우엉 marinated in soy sauce may contain traces of gluten)
  • 🌱 Mayak-kimbap 마약김밥: Small wraps of rice and vegetables, served with a dipping sauce. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Yakbap 약밥 / Yaksik 약식: Sticky rice mixed with seasonings, beans and nuts.
  • 🌱/🥛 Jjinppang 찐빵: Steamed buns filled with sweet red bean paste.
  • 🌱 Dalgona 달고나: Crunchy honeycomb toffee candy. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Garae-tteok gu-i 가래떡구이: Roasted plain rice cakes. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Tteok-gochi 떡꼬치: Plain rice cakes on a skewer and deep-fried, served with spicy sauce. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Twigim 튀김: Diverse deep-fried foods, including pumpkin, potatoes, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole eggs🥚 or gim-wrapped noodles(김말이). Dough may contain egg🥚. Cross-contamination because it is fried in the same oil alongside other foods. 🦐🦑
  • 🌱 Ppeong-twigi 뻥튀기: Puffed grains (corn, rice, barley etc) or larger grain-based products such as plain rice cakes, macaroni or flat disks.
  • 🌱 Corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chestnuts (steamed, roasted or boiled) and ginkgo seeds 🚫🌾

🍻 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. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱 Gamja-jeon 감자전: Potato pancakes. 🚫🌾
    • 🌱/🥚 Buchu-jeon 부추전: Pancakes with garlic chives.
    • 🌱/🥚/⚠️ Pa-jeon : Pancakes with scallions. Seafood🦑 may be added.
    • 🥚 Hobak-jeon 호박전: Pancakes made from young pumpkin.
  • 🌱/🥛 Hwachae 화채: Sweet non-alcoholic drink with chunks of fruit (aka “fruit punch”), occasionally made with milk or dairy soda.
  • 🌱 Hwangdo 황도: Peaches in sweet brine. 🚫🌾
  • 🌱 Ppeong-twigi 뻥튀기: Puffed grains (corn, rice, barley etc) or larger grain-based products such as plain rice cakes, macaroni or flat disks.

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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