January 21, 2022
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Three Favourite Foods of Korea

Date: 20/11/2021 | Source: Naenara (En) | Read original version at source

Kimchi, mung-bean pancake and pulgogi (barbecue) are the three favourite foods of Korea.

Kimchi, a traditional fermented food with good tasty and high nutritive value, stimulates appetite. It is mainly made of bok choy and radish. It is also made with other vegetables such as leaf mustard, cucumber, pumpkin, Welsh onion and red pepper and fish. Hence, it is more diverse in its kind than other foods and has various cooking methods. It is regarded as one of indispensable subsidiary foods in the Korean people’s dietary life. Kimchi-making custom was inscribed on the world intangible cultural heritage list in Juche 104 (2015).

Mung-bean pancake is also a famous national food. It is prepared with mung bean, a medicinal plant. It belongs to a must food for such great ceremonies as a wedding and celebration of one’s 60th birthday. It was made distinctively according to local areas, and those made in Pyongyang and Phyongan Province were counted top for their delicious tastes.

Pulgogi promotes appetite for its high nutritive value and unique taste and smell.

Beef, duck and mutton are the main materials. Pulgogi restaurants in the capital city of Pyongyang and other provinces, cities and counties serve beef, duck and beef ribs grilled with charcoal.

“Kimchi with cool, refreshing and savoury taste, and mung-bean pancake with sweet smell and high medicinal effects, and palatable pulgogi with high nutritive value are peculiar national foods much favoured by the Korean people,” said Kim Ji Won, a section chief at the Folklore Research Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences.

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