Most comprehensive 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 🍜

🥗 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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