Packed lunches in Korea, dosirak 도시락, are a bit more flavourful than those you might have once taken to school. You won’t find many sandwiches here, but a colourful mix of meat, fresh veg and rice. Students and office workers alike might pack lunch from their leftovers – or get one lovingly made by mum – to save some won at the convenience store.
Unlike Japanese bentos, where veg are separated by colour to create a harmonious look, before being eaten portion by portion, dosirak are often shaken up in the box before eating to create a more haphazard, colourful, tasty mix of a meal. You can sometimes order them as a side dish at Korean restaurants to shake up and enjoy.
Wanja jeon, tofu and meat patties, are a great dosirak staple. They’re easy to make with just a few ingredients, and you can make a huge batch, and just freeze some for another day.
Whip some up with Maangchi here (includes a vegetarian version)