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A variety of Dosirak (packed meal)
Korean name (South Korea)
Revised Romanizationdosirak
Korean name (North Korea)
Revised Romanizationgwakbap

Dosirak (도시락) in South Korea or kwakpap (곽밥) in North Korea refers to a packed meal. It usually consists of bap (Korean: 밥, cooked rice) and several banchan (side dishes).[1][2] The lunch boxes, also called dosirak or dosirak-tong (dosirak case), are typically plastic or thermo-steel containers with or without compartments or tiers.[3] Dosirak is often home-made, but is also sold in train stations and convenience stores.[4][5]


Home-made dosirak is often packed in tiered lunch boxes that can separate bap (cooked rice) and banchan (side dishes).[6] The guk (soup) tier, if included, is usually kept warm by insulation.[7] Plastic or thermo-steel containers are most common, but combinations of wood and lacquer, ceramics and bamboo, as well as other materials, are also used.[8]

Yennal-dosirak (옛날 도시락; "old-time dosirak") consists of bap (rice), stir-fried kimchi, egg-washed and pan-fried sausages, fried eggs, and shredded gim (seaweed), typically packed in a rectangular lunchbox made of tinplate or German silver. It is shaken with the lid on, thereby mixing the ingredients, prior to eating.[3][7]

Gimbap-dosirak (김밥 도시락; "packed gimbap"), made with sliced gimbap (seaweed rolls), is often packed for picnics.[9]


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  1. ^ "dosirak" 도시락. Standard Korean Language Dictionary (in Korean). National Institute of Korean Language. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  2. ^ "gwakbap" 곽밥. Standard Korean Language Dictionary (in Korean). National Institute of Korean Language. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "What the world eats for lunch". The Daily Meal. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2017 – via Fox News.
  4. ^ Hong, Ji-yeon (17 February 2016). "Local specialties take train travel to a new level". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  5. ^ Park, Han-na (15 October 2015). "Convenience stores vie for lunch box market". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  6. ^ Frizzell, Nell (24 July 2014). "Store-Bought Lunch Is Stupid and Wasteful". Munchies. VICE. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  7. ^ a b Williams, Maxwell (30 March 2017). "5 Best Lunches In the World". GOOD magazine. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  8. ^ Kim, Hyung-eun (2 May 2017). "Korean dining on view in London : Craft Week showcases fine objects used in eating and drinking". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  9. ^ Kayal, Michele (3 July 2012). "Thinking Outside The Bento Box". NPR. Retrieved 12 May 2017.