September 24, 2021
KCNA Pyongyang Times

Terrapin dish good for retaining youth

Date: 31/07/2021 | Source: Pyongyang Times | Read original version at source

From olden times, terrapin has been used as healthy food and a precious material for tonics for its high nutritive value and medicinal effects.

As modern science proved that it has anti-cancer effects, products made from terrapin are very popular and the demand for them is growing day by day.

Terrapin meat tastes sweet and is mild. Heat-processed terrapin meat helps strengthen body and mind. So it is said to be especially good for recovering from long illnesses, difficulty in breathing and asthma.

In the DPRK, terrapin dishes were listed as national intangible cultural heritage elements and public catering facilities serve the people with different kinds of terrapin dishes. In the areas where terrapins live terrapin dishes are also made to the traditional recipes and used as a tonic.

Of late, full steamed terrapin served at the Delicacy House under the Okryu Restaurant has been registered as a famous national dish.

According to cook Myong Yong Chol, terrapin meat is known as the “elixir of life” as it neutralizes poison, helps regain vigour, restore vitality and produce blood, softens hard things and has restorative, antipyretic and cordial effects.

Full steamed terrapin is cooked as follows:

Draw blood from terrapin, remove its skin and shell and take out its entrails before washing it in cold water. Cut its belly out crosswise.

Cut white parts of Welsh onion into fine strips and chop the rest of it in lengths of 2 to 3cm. Slice ginger, bamboo sprouts and ham and cut Lentinus edodes in a fan shape.

Lay up terrapin spiced with salt, monosodium glutamate, chicken powder, powdered pepper, sugar, sliced ginger, pieces of Welsh onion and cooking liquor for about three hours.

Steam the spiced terrapin in a pot for 40 minutes and add sliced Lentinus edodes, bamboo sprouts and ham on the back of it before steaming for another 10 minutes.

Put thick soy sauce and meat soup into the stock and boil it down to juice.

Serve the steamed terrapin on a plate and put fine strips of Welsh onion and coriander for garnish before pouring the juice over it.

Full steamed terrapin thus prepared is very much popular among the diners as a haute cuisine and healthy food.

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