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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.

Kimchi

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.

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New year food in Japan

In Japan it is not customary to prepare for the new year holidays. Earlier there was a taboo on cooking in the New year, and the shops were closed for the holidays. So there was a special Japanese new year food — Osechi ryori (osechi ryori) .

Osechi is a set of various dishes, which are placed in special lacquered boxes called jubako. Osechi prepared in advance, and to keep food until the New year, it is prepared in a special way, adding a significant amount of sugar or pickling it.

Osechi ryori looks very nice, because the food is festive, besides Osechi decided to give each other on New year. In Japan, food in General — a common type of gift, so if you will give a couple of pounds of fresh tuna, it will be absolutely fine.

There are plenty of special dishes for Osechi, and each of them has its own symbolic meaning and is called differently.

Gobo Kobumaki (昆布巻) . Kabutomaru gobo – burdock root, wrapped in kombu seaweed and knotted kampyo (dried long strips of gourd) and cooked in broth made from dried sardines (niboshi dashi). Burdock root is very long, therefore, symbolizes the Japanese ideal of life is long and stable. Cooking features are a joy because part of the word “Koba” in the word “kabutomushi” is pronounced as part of “yorokobu”, which means joyful.

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Japanese desserts

If you ask an inhabitant of the European part of the continent, Japanese desserts what he knows, we rarely hear anything besides green tea ice cream. Desserts of the rising sun is quite specific — you will not find them in chocolate or whipped cream.

For a long time doing fruits and nuts, the Japanese began to prepare the desserts just after the collision with European culture. But, again, maximally adapted to their traditions and abilities. A limited number of available components has resulted in surprising and unusual combinations, far from the desserts, as we understand them.

We have already touched on the desserts in the article about Japanese cuisine. but why not pay attention to them again?

The Japanese use amazing ingredients to create desserts

Japanese desserts – wagasi (wagashi, 和菓子) – skilful and unique sweets, made mostly from herbal ingredients. Wagasi played a significant role in the history of Japan. For many centuries some of these types of desserts prepared for the holidays, others otnosilis deities in the form of a sacred victim. And, of course, wagashi was more prosaic purpose. Used them with tea – the subtle sweetness of the desserts perfectly complement certain varieties of tea.

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