Korean cuisine features a broad range of interesting flavors. Over centuries, Koreans have mastered the art of preserving their food. The result is a bevy of fermented and pickled items across many of their dishes. This gives their meals a unique blend of spicy, sweet and savory sensations to even the most seasoned palates. Fermented soybean paste or dochuejang as well as sesame oil and chili pepper paste known as gochujang are frequently used in Korean entrees. Most entrees will feature vegetables, proteins and a base of either rice or japchae (sweet potato noodles). Korean buffet-style catering is a great way to introduce your team to new and exciting flavors! Bulgogi beef and Korean spiced chicken are sure to have your team members talking and who knows, maybe they’ll find a new favorite!
If you're looking to put together a healthy, customizable meal, a buffet-style package is a great option. It may take a little longer than ordering pre-made bowls, but your team members will be able to control the ingredients and make sure everything meets your dietary needs. Keep in mind that some ingredients, like kimchi, may not be vegetarian because they contain fish sauce. And many ingredients are not gluten-free if they are made with soy sauce, since soy sauce is wheat-based. (Unless the restaurant uses gluten-free soy sauce.) Also, a lot of ingredients may be fermented or pickled, so they could be high in sodium.
When ordering catering for a buffet-style event, it is recommended to order for more people than the expected headcount. This is because some guests may take more food than they mean to without realizing it. To be on the safe side, it is also advisable to order extra buffet-style sides. Since everyone has different appetites, it can be difficult to predict how much food each person will consume.
Korean cuisine is renowned for its delectable blending of sweet, savory and spicy ingredients. Gochujang, a red chili paste fermented condiment, is one of the most commonly used sauces, imparting a unique flavor that is simultaneously sweet, savory and slightly spicy.
Are there vegan and vegetarian options for Korean Buffet Spreads?
Yes! Many Korean entrees can be made with tofu or vegetables. Be careful though because kimchi can sometimes include fish sauce! Just look for the (V) or (VG) designations on each item as you put your order together!
What goes well with a Korean Buffet Spread?
Popular sides include kimchi mandu (dumplings), pajeon (green onion fried pancake), spring mix salads, and Korean fried chicken. You may also see banchan or japchae on a menu! Banchan are small veggie sides and japchae is a popular sweet potato starch noodle.
Is it possible to make my order gluten-free?
Yes, but some options are not gluten-free because they use soy sauce. Very few restaurants will use gluten-free soy sauce. Look for the (GF) indicator next to a dish to know if it is gluten-free.
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