Here is a collection of 16 amazing vegan Korean recipes! From saucy noodles to hearty soups, there is something for everyone.
If you are looking to make something different for your next meal, you are in for a treat! In this post, I had gathered together all my personal favorite vegan Korean recipes.
These recipes might taste as good as, or even better than traditional ones. Even meat-eaters will be impressed!
🧄Common ingredients used
Before that, I would like to introduce you to a few commonly used ingredients in Korean cuisines. Most of these ingredients can be found in well-stocked groceries and Asian markets. Or, simply purchase them online through Amazon or other online retailers.
Gochujang - Also known as Korean red chili paste, Gochujang is one of the most commonly used condiments in Korean cooking. It mainly consists of Korean red chilies, fermented soybeans, glutinous rice, and various seasonings. It is salty and spicy with a hint of sweetness.
Most gochujang are naturally vegan, but do read the ingredient label just to make sure! I am personally using this Chung Jung gochujang.
Gochugaru - The Korean version of red chili flakes.
Chunjang - Also known as black bean paste. This dark, thick, fermented paste is made from soybeans, wheat flour, and caramel, which gives the paste its distinctive dark color.
As for its flavors, chunjang is umami and salty, with a slight hint of bitterness. Hence, sweeteners are often added during cooking to counteract its bitter flavor.
They can be quite hard to get, but they are usually available in Asian or Korean markets. I usually get my chunjang from Amazon.
Kimchi - One of the most popular fermented foods of all time! This Korean fermented veggie is spicy, savory, and pungent. You can use it in a variety of recipes, from fried rice to soups and stews. They are also a great flavorsome side dish to pair with Asian mains!
Take note that most store-bought kimchi is not vegan, as fish sauce or shrimp paste is sometimes added. However, there are quite a number of vegan kimchi available in the market! I am personally using this Wise Goat Vegan Kimchi.
You can also make your own at home! I had included a recipe for homemade kimchi below.
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I hope you find this post helpful and informative! If you do try any one of these recipes or have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. I love hearing from you.🙂