What looks good tastes good; this is a famous saying in Korean culture. Koreans believe in good presentation, which makes is why their cuisine looks amazing.
Korean food represents a huge amount of Korean culture. Korean food and culture are incredibly diverse and full of meaning. Their foods involve using a wide range of vegetables, they specialize in numerous ways to pickle vegetables, and they are also experts when it comes to seafood and raw meat dishes.
Here are a few ways how Korean cuisine and culture are intertwined:
Kimchi is a staple in Korean culture. Kimchi is a side dish that consists of sliced cabbage, which is fermented with red chili sauce and anchovy paste. In Korean culture, it is believed Kimchi has healing powers and is highly beneficial to the body. It is also believed that Kimchi improves the digestive system, hence making it an everyday side dish for the Koreans.
Kimchi is a symbol of Korean culture. It’s strong, spicy, sour, and defiant taste is not easy for everyone to stomach. If you can enjoy it, you will also experience all the benefits that come with it.
Love for Rice
Koreans are considered to be one of the largest consumers of rice. Like the Chinese and Japanese, Koreans eat rice with almost every meal. Rice is deeply connected to Korean culture. In fact, there was a time when rice was used to pay taxes in Korea. Its demand rose so high that there wasn’t enough supply.
Koreans mostly eat their rice with spoons, unlike the Japanese and the Chinese, they don’t raise their bowls in the air to eat. Chopsticks are used to eat rice but not preferred, they also believe that chopsticks sticking out of a rice bowl is a bad omen.
Korean culture is rich in drinking. Their national booze is soju, which is considered to be from the vodka family and it is a clear drink. Soju is served in a shot glass and it is mostly consumed with food. Koreans enjoy this drink with almost every meal, in large energetic groups.
In Korean culture, karaoke is one of the most common forms of entertainment. People enjoy soju most in karaoke rooms, which are widely present in every corner of Korea. Korea is rich in culture, they have serious drinking rules. One of them is never pouring your own drink.