Korea: the national cuisine, customs and rituals
National food of Korea is characterized by unique tastes and aromas. It is reduced calorie and has high nutritional value. Many of the recipes are transmitted since ancient times from generation to generation. There are a few of the most typical dishes belonging to the traditions of Koreans.
As with any national cuisine, Korean respected their traditions and customs. Korean table includes dishes mandatory, without which no cost, no meal is rice, substitute bread, soup with the addition of soybeans and, as a rule, a few appetizers, including the most important “delicacy” kimchi.
Kimchi – a dish of ancient Korea, representing a spicy pickled sauerkraut. Koreans customarily it is prepared from Chinese cabbage with onion, red pepper, garlic, and radish, other vegetables and seafood.
Today this dish is the national food of Korea is known worldwide and is very popular. It is recommended by nutritionists in different countries, because kimchi is very nutritious product, which is confirmed by scientific research. It is rich in vitamins and minerals needed by the body, helps to cope with colds and to get rid of the hangover.
According to the custom of the secrets of making kimchi the Koreans are passed from mother to daughter and are kept for centuries. Today there are more than hundreds of recipes of this dish with different technologies, composition and cooking time.
Another important element of the national cuisine of Korea is tocky – dumpling soup from smitten sticky rice in beef or chicken broth. According to custom, this unique pudding is the main dish on Sollle, one of the most favorite holidays for Koreans.
Korea: national cuisine, customs and ceremonies.
Sollal – New year according to the Lunar calendar. It is celebrated in a family circle in late January or early February and lasts 3 days. In the tradition of Buddhism, the first day of the New year Koreans commemorate the ancestors, perform special ceremonies, including Seba is a deep bow to the parents as a sign of respect and as new year greetings. Children dress in hanbok – colorful silk robes, the elders will give them wise guidance for next year and money the amount of which depends on the position of the child in the family and his age. In those days, national dishes of Korea, are full tables in any family, because the Koreans believe that “How to celebrate New year so spend it”. They eat ttokkuk and send out cards to friends and acquaintances best wishes in the coming year.
In the old days when birthday parties in their modern sense in Korea is not mentioned, Sallal was the birthday of all residents. Therefore, according to the custom still say that Korean will not be older than 1 year, if the New year will not eat a plate Tokmak.
In ancient times, in agrarian societies, and here was Korea, people closely followed the seasonal changes. Every month was celebrated with special days, when respected unique folk rituals. These days symbolized the passage of time. Cooking with seasonal ingredients were a part of these ceremonies. Many of the traditional seasonal celebrations, and Koreans celebrate today. Not all ethnic Koreans remember and keep their customs, but Sallal Koreans celebrated every year.
In addition to kimchi and tocky, the national cuisine of Korea is also Cooksey is a very common dish, which is prepared by almost every woman. This is the Korean cold soup with thin noodles, broth, meat, omelet and “mexicoma” is prepared with various vegetables. Today in Korea there are almost no restaurants where the menu would not be Cooksey.