If you want to change up the catering menu for your next meeting, consider serving your clients or coworkers Korean dishes like hot tofu stew, short ribs, or cucumber kimchi–garnished tacos. Not only is Korean food delicious, but it’s also easy to pull together an impressive and filling meal from a Korean catering menu. The next time you need catering for work, try some of these traditional and new takes on Korean food.
1. Bibimbap (Mixed Rice Dish)
This craveable rice bowl is topped with salty, sweet, and spicy mix-ins like soy-glazed shiitake, garlicky spinach, and a sunny-side-up egg. A hot red pepper–based sauce brings everything together.
2. Tteokbokki (Spicy Rice Cakes)
Don’t be quick to dismiss this Korean snack food. The chewy rice cakes are doused in a gochujang sauce with sweet, salty, and fiery flavors. Toasted sesame seeds, fresh scallions, and fish balls add a variety of textures.
3. Bulgogi (Marinated Beef or Pork)
Slices of beef or pork are immersed in a sweet soy marinade and cooked until the edges are crackling crisp. Then the sizzling meat is wrapped in lettuce leaves or served with rice and “banchan,” little plates of spicy, fermented, and pickled veggie-heavy sides that come with many Korean catering packages.
4. Korean Corn Dogs
The sugar-dusted corn dog is juicy, has a great snap, and features a beautiful airy panko shell and squiggles of creamy Kewpie mayo. You’ll find variations of this corn dog stuffed with mozzarella, potato, rice cake, or even squid ink.
5. Kimchi Fries
This dish is similar to gravy-covered poutine. Crisp, airy fries are smothered in a riot of ingredients like melty cheese, kimchi, and even grilled meats. You’ll find this Korean fusion food item on both restaurant and catering menus.
6. Samgyeopsal (Grilled Pork Belly)
Crisp on the outside and meltingly rich on the inside, this dish of sliced pork belly gets a flavor boost from a spicy-sweet glaze made with ssam jang, a thick Korean spice paste.
7. Japchae (Stir-Fried Glass Noodles)
A tangle of glass noodles is stir-fried with slivers of carrots, umami-rich shiitake mushrooms, spinach, egg, and meat. This Korean food is delicious served hot, cold, or at room temp, so it holds up well even if your lunch meeting runs long.
8. Kimchi Buchimgae (Kimchi Pancakes)
If your coworkers are fans of putting kimchi on their food, they’ll love sinking their teeth into these tender and crisp pancakes stuffed with the spicy, pickled condiment. These crunchy pancake fritters make great appetizers and office happy-hour snacks.
9. Korean-Style Tacos
This Korean-Mexican dish is fusion food done right. Warm, pliant corn tortillas are stuffed with a mound of salty-sweet grilled meats and toppings like spicy cucumber kimchi and slashes of sriracha mayo.
10. Gun Mandu (Deep-Fried Dumplings)
Bite into these crisp, chewy dumplings and enjoy the fragrant meat and vegetables inside. Try dipping the dumplings in sauce for a pleasant counterpoint to the subtly sweet and savory filling.
11. Jajangmyeon (Noodles with Black Bean Sauce)
This catering dish is Korean-Chinese fusion food. A heap of fresh hand-pulled noodles is boiled, then stir-fried in a wok with garlicky black bean sauce. The sizzling, fragrant sauce makes the chewy noodles taste meaty and robust.
12. Sundubu Jjigae (Soft Tofu Stew)
Creamy cubes of tofu are braised until they nearly melt into a spicy broth. Pieces of clam and shrimp enhance the flavor of the stew. Paired with rice, this warming stew makes an even heartier meal.
13. Kimchi Bokkeum Bap (Kimchi Fried Rice)
Cooked rice is stir-fried with a blizzard of ingredients like beef, veggies, fresh scallions, funky kimchi, and fried egg. The crispy, salty morsels keep every spoonful interesting.
14. Yangnyeom Chikin (Spicy Korean Fried Chicken or “KFC”)
Pieces of chicken are double-fried for extra crunch, then daubed with a spicy honey-sweetened sauce made with gochujang. Unlike craggy-crunchy Southern fried chicken, this Korean version features a delicate crust.
15. Korean Barbecue Doughnut Sandwich (aka “Chonut”)
Mouthwatering ingredients like pulled pork, kimchi, and cheese are piled between two slices of a glazed doughnut. This creation hits all the flavors and textures we crave.
16. Galbi (Grilled Beef Short Ribs)
This Korean food will surely impress the meat lovers. Marbled short ribs are grilled over white-hot coals, which lightly char and caramelize the exterior. Create a full Korean catering spread around this dish with rice, noodles, and an assortment of spicy, crunchy, and refreshing banchan sides.
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