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LEE: Gim is also a key ingredient in one of Eric's favorite dishes, gyeran bap, which literally means egg rice. It's a simple pantry meal and anyone can whip it up in 10 to 15 minutes.

I wonder what 'pantry meal' is.


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It's not a fixed phrase, to my knowledge, but it's easy to guess. A pantry meal requires only ingredients that you are likely to have in your pantry at home.

The opposite is a recipe that invariably requires you to go to the store and buy some unusual ingredient or other.

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    A more common phrase is "store-cupboard meal" with the same meaning. Further than just lacking unusual ingredients, there may well be no perishable ingredients (like fresh veg or chilled/frozen products). If there are such ingredients they should be the sort of thing most households would expect to have routinely available, and not too perishable. Note that some definitions of "pantry" include fridge and freezer, but not all. "Pantry" itself isn't commonly used in all varieties of English so the word itself may be rather unfamiliar
    – Chris H
    Apr 11, 2022 at 10:25
  • @ChrisH Thank you very much.
    – user153498
    Apr 11, 2022 at 11:01
  • @ChrisH Given that the recipe is for "egg rice", I'm not sure that definition applies, since eggs are definitely perishable, but they're a thing most people are likely to have on hand. Apr 11, 2022 at 16:20
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    @ChrisH ‘Store cupboard’ isn't used that widely in some varieties of English, either (though it's probably easier to infer than ‘pantry’).
    – gidds
    Apr 11, 2022 at 16:37
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    @ChrisH In AmE, "store" is used to refer to what in BrE is referred to as "shop". I assume that in BrE, "store-cupboard" is intended to mean something like "stuff stored in your cupboard", but in AmE, it comes across as an oxymoron. Apr 11, 2022 at 19:20

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