Are you a foodie? You love to cook and try out different recipes? Well have you ever tried out any Korean food? Korean food may not be as popular as the rest of cuisine, like Chinese or Indian food, but some people have a special place in their heart for Korean food. And what’s the harm in trying something new, plus you’d get more experience and knowledge in the culinary field. So learning some Korean food recipes is going to a new adventure.
The history behind Korean food
The Korean food history dates back to ages ago and was affected due to many reasons, such as the geographical location, the climate, as they had hot summers, cold winters, and humid weather. The following neighbouring countries, Japan and China also had an influence. As the Portuguese came to Korea they brought chili with them during the 17th century, and by the 18th century they were using it in their food, and became a household essential. They transformed this ingredient into oil, sauce and so much more. So if you think about it there was an influence from all across the world and somehow they managed to make it their own.
What does Korean cuisine involve?
Each culture has its own cooking styles, from the ingredients, to the spices, and these methods are not a similar as you think. Indian or Sri Lanka cooking lean towards more spices, and the Middle Eastern countries do to but just with different spices and methods on cooking. When we take Korean cooking into consideration the common ingredients are kimchi, which is a preserved and pickled spicy cabbage. With that they also lean towards the sesame oil, chilli flakes, chili pepper paste, soybean paste, garlic, ginger, and scallions. These are the main ingredients you will see being used in Korean cuisine.
What are the popular dishes?
Korean food is more based towards soups and stews which are boiling hot, and meat and fish that is either braised or marinated in a sauce. Usually it is raw, and fleshy, most of the time it is white rice, and on rare occasions it is substituted for noodles. Some of their most popular Korean food recipes and dishes are the following;
- Kimchi Fried Rice
- Beef Bulogi
- Kimchi Jigae
- Army Stew
- Marinated Eggs in Soy Broth
- Korean Fried Chicken
- Ginseng Chicken Soup
- One Pot Kimchi Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
- Seafood Pancake.