Menus for Korean Dinner Parties

korean dinner party menu ideas - Menus for Korean Dinner Parties

The holiday season is upon us! I’m sure many of you are planning holiday gatherings with family and friends. For your convenience, I put together some menu ideas for a Korean dinner party. This is an updated post of my December 2016 dinner party menus. I’ve updated the menus with new photos and added a Korean street food party menu.

The recipes included are some of my personal favorites to serve at dinner parties. In this post, you will find four different menus — a casual dinner for a few people, a more elaborate dinner for a larger group, a vegan dinner, and a Korean street food menu. 

You can adjust the number of dishes you make from the menu depending on the number of your guests, and double or triple the recipes as necessary. The number of servings is provided in each recipe. These dinner menus can be served family style or buffet style.

For cold days, you can also add a simple soup such as kongnamul guk and mu guk to any of these menus, especially if you have elderly guests. Rice and kimchi are the basics for a Korean table, so I did not add them to the menus here.

A lot can be prepared ahead of time. You can certainly marinate your meat or make namul dishes a day in advance. With some planning and preparation ahead, you too can serve up a Korean feast everyone will be rave about!

For a small group:

Korean dinner party small group - Menus for Korean Dinner Parties
Kimchijeon (Kimchi pancake)
Doenjang jjigae
Kongnamul muchim
Samgyupsal gui (Grilled pork belly): Or BulgogiJeyuk bokkeum, or Salmon bulgogi if preferred. 
Pa muchim (Scallion salad)
Mu saengchae (Spicy radish salad)

For a large group:

Korean dinner party large group - Menus for Korean Dinner Parties
Haemul pajeon (seafood scallion pancake)
Kkanpung saewu (Sweet and spicy shrimp)
Japchae (Stir-fried starch noodles with beef and vegetables), or Spicy Seafood Japchae
Gujeolpan (platter of nine delicacies)
Samsaek namul
Samgyupsal (pork belly): This can be done in the slow cooker or over the stove top.
Slow cooker dak jjim (braised chicken)
LA galbi (Beef short ribs): Outside grilling season, you can broil the ribs in the oven.

Vegan dinner:

Korean dinner party Vegan - Menus for Korean Dinner Parties

Hobak jeon  (zucchini pancake)
Hobak mandu (Zucchini dumplings): Make this in advance and freeze until ready to use.
Eggplant rolls (Gaji mari)
Kongnamul japchae
Dubu jorim (braised tofu)
Bibimbap – or Tofu bibimbap

Korean street food party

Korean dinner party streeet food - Menus for Korean Dinner Parties

Mandu (dumplings)
Eomuk guk (fish cake soup)
Dak gangjeong (sweet crispy chicken)
Kimbap (gimbap)
Tteokbokki (spicy stir-fried rice cake)
Hobak hotteok (sweet stuffed pumpkin pancake)

For different meat options: 10 Korean BBQ Recipes
For different vegetable side dish options: 15 Vegetable side dishes
To add a soup to your dinner: 15 Korean soup recipes
For kimchi recipes: 15 Easy kimchi recipes

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  1. Where can I get the stone bulgogi pot. I would really love one for presentation. I have been to Korea and your recipes are great and authentic.

  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful recipes. It reminded it me of home. If I have one wish, would like to see more of Baked Korean Cake recipes instead of traditional cake recipes. I will give you a 5 stars.

  3. Where’s the recipe for the picture that looks like spicy shrimp japchae?

  4. This is great! I so appreciate you adding a vegan menu option too. I’ll have to start planning my next dinner party…

  5. Since I found this website about a year ago I can’t stop cooking Korean dishes. I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and teaching me!!!

  6. Harvey Chan says

    Thanks Hyosung! I’ve always been curious about what Koreans have as their daily meals at home, and how housewives tackle meal planning. Looking forward to seeing such posts in the future!

  7. Michael Reyes says

    I spent fourteen months in South Korea and loved the culture and food.

  8. Madelaine Riley says

    This is great, I’d been hoping for a post like this for a while!

  9. Japchae link is the beef one ^^
    it looks like the noodles I have at my favourite korean restaurant as a starter, I would love to try it, and thanks for the masterpost, I am a new follower 🙂

    • Thank you for noticing the error and for following! Yes, it’s probably the same thing. Welcome to Korean Bapsang! Hope you will find many recipes you like.