The banchan is probably the spread with the most integration into a meal; if banchan isn’t part of your Korean lunch or dinner experience, you’re in the wrong place. That said, the amount and types of banchan can vary, from just a few little dishes to almost a dozen (for more formal occasions). Banchan usually include kimchi, pickled radish and carrots, and parboiled spinach with sesame seeds. What you, or your favorite Korean restaurant, adds to that is a matter of taste and presentation. Just make sure that the banchan are refreshed throughout the meal; this isn’t an appetizer spread, but rather a complement to delicious favorite dishes like Korean fried chicken and kimchi fried rice.