Korean food recipes, dishes and Korean cuisine revolves around rice, vegetables, and meats. Traditional meals are remarkable for the number and variety of side dishes steamed short-grain rice. Kimchi is often served at each meal. Frequently used ingredients are; sesame oil, fermented bean paste, soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger, pepper flakes and fermented red chili paste
As in other Asian countries, popularity of ingredients and creation of dishes varies between provinces. In some cases, previously regional dishes been incorporated as part of the national cuisine. Thus, dishes that were once regional have proliferated in different variations across the country.
Condiments are many and varied. Fermented condiments include; ganjang, doenjang, gochujang and vinegars. Spices used in Korea recipes include; red pepper, black pepper, Chinese pepper, cordifolia, mustard, chinensis, garlic, onion, ginger, leek, and spring onion.