A lightly sweet crisp grainy pear grown in Korea, Japan, and China. Most often given as gifts or used (in blended or mashed form) as a sauce or marinade ingredient. Also used in desserts and salads. Available in season in most Korean Markets.
Asian pears are becoming more common in the United States, and can now be found in many standard markets/groceries.
Substitutes: apples (Different Flavor, crispy texture), Western pears (softer, sweeter), quince (more tart)
Recipes Using This Ingredient
Snack/Appetiser/Dessert – Baesook (Korean Peppercorn Pear)
Snack/Appetiser/Dessert – Baesook (Korean Peppercorn Pear with ginger)
Recipes – Kai Bi (Korean style beef short ribs)
Ban Chan – Napa Cabbage Kimchi
Ban Chan – Sangchu Geotjeori (Baby Lettuce Salad 상추겉절이)
Ban Chan – Napa Cabbage and Chive Kimchi
Recipes – Korean Spicy Pork Ribs
Ban Chan – Gulmuchim – Korean Seasoned Oysters