Food as part of culture: what to try in South Korea
Thinking about the cuisine of Korea, many think of Korean carrots. But, surprisingly, in the Asian country this appetizer is not common. Instead there are a variety of other delicious dishes and a special attitude toward food. If you watch a Korean film in almost every scene there is a meal. And some of the painting-totally dedicated to local cuisine. After all the food, according to residents of Korea, is an important element of traditional culture. What local chefs are ready to please the tourists?
Popular Korean dishes and snacks
Widespread we have Korean snacks in their homeland called kimchi. Take to prepare pickled vegetables, mostly radishes, cabbage or cucumbers. They are seasoned with chili, onion, ginger, garlic and is served at every meal. Koreans without kimchi cannot imagine your diet diet counting dish. When low calorie snack contains protein and many vitamins. Sometimes on the basis of kimchi make vegetable and fish soups.
Samhail – that’s what the Koreans are still proud of. Guests of the Korean dish too is not indifferent. It’s fatty pieces of pork meat that are not marinated and seasoned with spices and just fry on the grill. To sangachaly serves sauces, sesame oil, and eat meat, placing it on cabbage or lettuce.
Another analogue of Korean BBQ pulkogi . For it take veal or beef (sometimes pork), meat is cut into thin strips, marinated in a sweet sauce with sesame seeds and garlic. Then grilled, served with cheese, mushrooms or vegetables.
Not less Koreans like stew with tofu and eat it often in the cooler months. On the table gets a dish in a hot pot, filled with a mixture of tofu, various seafood and kimchi. As a side dish you can choose rice or vegetables. Another variation fragrant stew with fish and shrimp does not contain tofu, but will delight seafood lovers.
Omuk (kamaboko) — fish stick
In the daily diet of Koreans is present Fig. The dishes available for the tourists with any budget. Most often just rice fried and mixed with vegetables, egg, roasted seaweed and sesame seeds. For even more flavor add the paste from Chile. Like rice, an important place in Korean cuisine is noodles. And one of the most original ways of supply — cold. Thin noodles mixed with slices of cucumber, cabbage and ice with the taste of kimchi.
But this fantasy was not limited to Koreans. It created sweet potato noodles fried, mixed with carrots, onions, mushrooms and pieces of meat. As a dressing I prefer sesame oil.
In Korean cuisine pancakes are common. And the local pancakes are very different from the familiar to us: here they have a salty taste, filled with stuffing and fried in plenty of oil. Pancakes are usually prepared with beans, sometimes add meat, and served with a sauce of scallions, Chile, vinegar and soy sauce.
Traditionally, Koreans don’t serve desserts at the end of the meal — they are usually eaten alone or with tea. Yes and of themselves sweets differ from the typical European treats. For example, here everywhere selling small rice cakes. These are made from red beans, sugar, rice, vanilla extract and corn syrup. Cakes in appearance can not be distinguished from ordinary confectionery. To give them a pink color, add rose water. As for getting a green tinge — the green tea powder.
You can try sesame-peanut candy. This delicious dessert has a crisp bright taste of roasted sesame seeds and sweet syrup. Top candy decorated with strawberries and raspberries or any dried fruit.
Once in Korea, you can’t pass up the delicious dessert Jaksic — sweet rice with nuts, honey and fruit. He looks like a small sticky biscuits from a mix of healthy ingredients. Koreans really consider it a dessert and prefer healing as a healthy snack.
Drinks in Korea
One common Korean drink is a punch made of cinnamon, persimmon and ginger. Chilled punch drink with ice, and always add pine nuts before serving. But more often the Koreans use all kinds of teas. In the first place — green tea, in addition to which in Korea also prepare ginger tea. He doesn’t just quench your thirst, and has beneficial properties: it soothes the stomach, relieves nausea, fatigue, headaches and flu. In ginger tea, it is customary to add pine nuts and spoon of honey.
Worth a try pomegranate tea. This drink Koreans like for several reasons: garnet, as it is known, lifts skin, strengthens muscles, helps regulate weight and reduce cholesterol. Instead of honey in pomegranate tea with some sugar to cut the taste.
Another characteristic of Korean drink — a refreshing rice liquor. To prepare it, take the special yeast and leaven. A high content of rice fills the drink with carbohydrates. That is why since olden times in Korea rice liquor was considered a “farmer’s drink”. It was served at noon to dinner to recharge for the afternoon.