20 (Wed) January 2010
A Typical Korean At-Home Meal
-Oksu (Joongang Heights Apts), Seongdong, Seoul, Korea-
A typical Korean meal at home consists of a bowl of steamed rice, a broth, a meat/fish, and a variety of small side dishes consisting of seasoned vegetables/tofu/whatever that are called “banchan” (반찬). Most banchan, especially kimchi, which is the most basic and omnipresent banchan of all, are often prepared in large batches out of convenience for the purpose of eating them through several subsequent meals. The typical meal, therefore, is comprised largely of whatever happens to be on-hand, though the rice and sometimes the soup/stew/meat/fish may be prepared the day of, depending who’s cooking and who’s eating.