Discover delicious Korean party food ideas! – 15 Korean Foods That Will Impress Your Party Guests
Are you looking for some Korean party food inspiration? Whether it’s just for a simple dinner gathering or something bigger like Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas lunch, look no further!
Here, I share a collection of my Korean recipes that are suitable for a party and those that will knock your guest’s socks off! 😉
Below, I will cover appetizers, main dishes, rice, side dishes and dessert/drinks. Let the planning begin!
1. Korean Glass Noodle Stir Fry (Japchae, 잡채)
This is probably the most famous Korean noodle dish.
In Korea, it’s commonly served during Korean festive holidays such as Seollal (설날, Korean New Year’s day) or Chuseok (추석, Korean harvest festival day). It’s made with bouncy textured glass noodles and it’s savory and very moreish! (Get the recipe: Japchae)
2. Sweet and Spicy Korean Potsticker Salad (Bibim Mandu, 비빔만두)
This is my favourite way of eating Korean dumplings.
It’s served with fresh salad, so you won’t feel guilty about having fried dumplings (as much). The spicy, tangy and sweet dressing is quite addictive and it will invigorate anyone’s appetite. (Get the recipe: Bibim mandu)
3. Korean Pancakes
Kimchi Pancake (김치부침개)
Kimchi pancakes are a great appetiser to introduce, particularly if your guests are new to kimchi. People just don’t seem to notice it!
It’s also a great way to use up some of your ageing kimchi you don’t know what to do with. (Get the recipe: Kimchi pancake)
Seafood Pancakes (Haemul Pajeon, 해물파전)
This is a great appetiser for seafood lovers! It’s savory and crunchy.
Seriously, even people who know nothing about Korean food will enjoy this one. (Get the recipe: Seafood pancake)
4. Korean Fish Cake Balls (Eomuk, 어묵)
I don’t know what you think of fish cakes in general, but this one is a keeper!
It’s full of protein and it’s savory and delicious. Kids love this one too! It will be sure to please your guests. (Get the recipe: Korean fish ball)
5. Korean Fried Chicken (양념통닭)
Korean fried chicken has become famous all over the world.
Super crunchy chicken is coated with addictive homemade Korean sweet chili sauce. It is perfect for any occasion and I’m sure everyone will fall in love with it instantly! (Get the recipe: Korean fried chicken)
6. Korean BBQ
There’s no doubt that Korean BBQ will be popular at your party. Seriously, who can refuse these delicious dishes?
There are different types of Korean BBQ options, so you can pick and choose from the recipes below.
Bulgogi (Korean BBQ Beef, 불고기)
This is probably the most popular type of Korean BBQ meat.
Typically the meat is thinly sliced and marinated with nashi pear infused sauce. Though nashi pear can be hard to get, so I normally use red apples (e.g pink lady, royal gala, red delicious) and it works like a charm!
Its sweet and savory flavor is really irresistible. I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t like bulgogi! (Get the recipe: Bulgogi)
LA Galbi (Korean BBQ Short Ribs, 엘에이 갈비)
This is another popular Korean BBQ using beef short ribs.
It can be grilled or broiled in an oven as well. Licking through the ribs as you bite off the meat is another bonus for those who have a child like mind. (Get the recipe: LA galbi)
Spicy Korean Pork (Jeyuk Bokkeum, 제육볶음)
This is perfect for anyone who loves spicy food.
It’s marinated with gochugaru (Korean chili flakes) and gochujang (Korean chili paste) based sauce and it tastes like heaven when cooked over the charcoal BBQ. It’s my husband’s favorite Korean food! (Get the recipe: Jeyuk bokkeum)
Baked Korean BBQ Ribs
Try these supremely tender and delicious oven baked Korean BBQ beef ribs!
These ribs are slow cooked at low temperature for 8 hours! Its meat falls off the bone. Delicious! (Get the recipe: Baked Korean BBQ Ribs)
Instant Pot Korean Short Ribs
Korean short ribs cooked in an Instant Pot are seriously amazing. The meat falls off the bone and is so flavorful and delicious. The vegetables cooked together are just as marvelous as well. Your guests will thank you non-stop. (Get the recipe: Instant pot Korean short ribs)
P.S. If you only have a slow cooker, try my slow cooker Korean short ribs instead.
Momofuku Bossam (Korean Roast Pork)
This hugely popular Momofuku bo ssam recipe was originally developed by Chef David Chang.
In essence, momofuku style bo ssam is cured slow roasted pork shoulder. I have to say, this really tastes amazing! Super moist and tender with slightly salty, sweet and savory flavor.
I served this during our Christmas holidays last year for our family and it was a huge hit! (Get the recipe: Momofuku bo ssam)
Korean Cheese Ribs (Cheese Deung Galbi, 치즈 등갈비)
Baby back ribs are braised in a spicy gochujang-infused sauce until the meat is tender. They are then given a generous helping of melted cheese that is wrapped around them.
This heavenly dish packs the perfect amount of heat that brings out the wonderful flavor of the meat inside. (Get the recipe: Korean cheese ribs)
7. Bibimbap (비빔밥)
Bibimbap would be the most popular rice based Korean dish. Agree?
It has everything. Meat, rice, vegetables and of course, the irresistible bibimbap sauce.
Because there are many colourful vegetables that go in, it presents really nicely too. It will be sure to impress your guests. (Note: If you’re having a cocktail party, you can serve this in a mid tall cup so that people can walk around with it.) (Get the recipe: Bibimbap)
8. Korean Rice Rolls (Kimbap, 김밥)
Kimbap is a type of Korean rice rolls and it’s often compared to sushi rolls.
There are many varieties of kimbap depending on the fillings that go into the rolls. My two favourite types are Inari rice rolls (Yubu kimbap) and Bulgogi rice rolls (Bulgogi kimbap). These are not just an average kimbap. They are extraordinary!
All kimbap is served in bite size pieces so it’s great for serving at a cocktail party as it’s easy to pick up and nibble on. Give them a try! (Get the recipe: Bulgogi kimbap)
9. Fresh Kimchi Salad (Baechu Geotjeori, 김치 겉절이)
I know a lot of people are scared to try kimchi for the first time because they are afraid of its smell or bad taste.
Let them try this fresh kimchi salad. Literally it’s fresh so you won’t notice any pungent smell that typically comes out from aged kimchi.
It’s crunchy and delicious too! It goes well with Korean BBQ. (Get the recipe: Fresh kimchi salad)
10. Korean Cucumber Salad (오이 샐러드)
If your guests like spicy food, this spicy cucumber salad is a must to serve.
It’s spicy and has a very subtle sweet and tanginess to it. A lot of my readers told me that they serve this cucumber salad whenever they do a BBQ, whether it’s a Korean BBQ or not. (Get the recipe: Korean cucumber salad)
11. Pickled Carrots and Daikon Radish
Try this super versatile pickled carrots and daikon radish!
It’s a perfect side to Korean BBQ, burgers, and sandwiches. You just name it! It’s also hugely popular amongst My Korean Kitchen community. (Get the recipe: Pickled carrots and daikon radish)
12. Korean BBQ Dipping sauce (Ssamjang, 쌈장)
When you serve Korean BBQ meat, the BBQ dipping sauce always accompanies it.
Generally there are three different ways of making this sauce and the most common one is spicy dipping sauce. This sauce can be purchased at a Korean grocery store, but of course, the homemade version is always tastier! So be sure to check it out and don’t forget to serve it with your BBQ! (Get the recipe: Korean BBQ Dipping Sauce)
13. Spicy Korean Coleslaw
This spicy Korean cabbage salad is super easy to make and it’s full of Korean flavor! It’s adequately spicy, sweet and tangy and also crunchy.
It’s perfect with Korean bbq and great in tacos or hamburgers, wherever you want to lend some spicy and zingy Korean flavor. (Get the recipe: Spicy Korean coleslaw)
Dessert / Drinks
14. Korean Cinnamon Punch (Sujeonggwa, 수정과)
Korean cinnamon punch is a popular dessert drink in Korea.
It’s infused with ginger, cinnamon and some sugar, so it’s sweet and has a mild gingery bitter taste. It’s particularly served often during Korean festive holidays.
It’s known to help with digestion. (Get the recipe: Sujeonggwa)
15. Korean Plum Tea (Maesil Cha, 매실차)
This is a popular fruit based tea in Korea.
It is very simple to make once you have the plum extract (which can be made at home or purchased). All you need to do is just mix the extract in some water and/or ice. (It can be drunk cold or hot. I prefer mine icy cold.)
It has a sweet, tangy and fruity flavor. It’s particularly great in summer to invigorate your guest’s lost appetite! It’s also known to help with digestion. (Get the recipe: Korean plum tea)
My final message to you is this. I’ve served all the above dishes before on different occasions for my guests and they all raved about them. I hope you and your guests enjoy them too!
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