Tag Archive for: North Korean Cuisine

Korea – Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup/Samgye-tang

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Samgye-tang is a soup dish that is also known as Ginseng chicken soup. The name of the dish of the same category depends upon the use of chicken. In Korean tradition, there are three popular days of the year to have this soup as the culture of Korean cuisine. Whenever it comes to Korean cuisine and traditions, the Great Joseon State, Joseon Dynasty has a big role. The culture of eating Samgye-tang on Bok Days is common even nowadays but it has a tradition that came up from that time.

North/South Korea – Tangpyeong-chae

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Tangpyeong-chae is also known as Mung beans salad or Jelly mung beans. This is a very tasty salad served as BANCHAN, in Korean cuisine. This dish is also a part of the Korean Royal Court Cuisine. The history of this dish is written in the book, Dongguksesigi. This book was written in 1849, and explaining the Tangpyeong policy that means policy for "harmony" and "meditation".

Korea – Beef Jeongol, Korean Style Hotpot

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Jeongol is the dish that is Korean-style Hotpot. The idea of this dish is taken from the Chinese cuisine but have ingredients and cooking method in Korean style. All kinds of meat and vegetables, seasonings are added together in a pot with broth and cooked together. This dish is very similar to the dish, jjigae. Manguksamulkiwon Yeoksa is a book of old Korean customs. In this book, Jeongol is said to be originated in ancient times when soldiers used to cook the food in their helmet by adding all the ingredients they have and cook it. There are many varieties of this dish.

Korea – Tteok Guk ( Korean Rice Cake Soup )

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This is the traditional Korean dish of the New Year's celebration. This is a sliced rice cake dish with soups and stew in it. Tteok means Rice cakes and Guk is used to classify soups and stew dishes. This dish is considered a GOOD LUCK DISH. In the book, DONGGUKSESIGI, that explains the Korean traditions, their food, customs, and many more, the tradition of eating tteokguk at Korean's New year is written. It is a book from the 19th Century. In another book, The Customs of Joseon, white tteok is used in making the dinner for the new year.

Korea – Kimchi

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Kimchi is a traditional Korean dish that is served as Bachan. It is a dish of traditional Korean Pickle. It is formed by fermenting vegetables, meat into salt and rice vinegar. This fermentation is known as LACTIC ACID FERMENTATION. Kimchi has sour, salty, spicy, Pungent, and tangy. There is also a story about the origin of kimchi.

Korea – Hangover Stew

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Haejang Guk is another name for the Hangover stew. It is called the SOUP TO CHASE HANGOVER. It is also named sulguk. The term seongjutang is assumed to be the origin of Hangover stew. It is said that ''soup to get sober'' in nogeoldae, a book of old Chinese published in Goryeo Era. Seongjutang is the first time Hae Jang guk dish was written in this book. There are also many variations of this stew.

Korean – Jeon

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Jeon is a kind of fritters used as a snack and in brunch. It is very common go-to food of Korean Cuisine. It is served as appetizer, anju or banchan. Banchan is named for the side dishes served with the main Korean meal. Anju is a Korean term used to call that snacks, served with alcohol. And Buchimgae is the Korean Pancake, used to cooked mainly with vegetables and smoked eggs.

Korean – Gomguk

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In Korean cuisine, Guk and Tang is the category of soup and stew. This dish GOMGUK is included in the category of Guk. It is also known in simple English as, Beef Bone soup. GUK can be prepared of different types.

Korean – Hotteok / Korean Sweet Pancakes

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Hotteok is a very popular Korean pancake with stuffing inside the cakes. Stuffing can be chocolate, peanuts, cinnamon, nuts, coconut, brown sugar, honey. There is a difference between normal and Korean pancakes. Hotteok is shallowly sauteed in butter to make it crispy from the outside. So this makes a difference in Korean Hotteok / pancakes. This snack dish is first time introduce in 1927. It was the time of the Chinese when settled in Korea.

North Korea – Gujeolpan (Platter of Nine Delicacies)

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This dish is not actually one dish, it is a platter of nine different traditional dishes of Korea. They have many different colorful dishes from vegetarian to non-vegetarian dishes. The word ''GUJEOLPAN'' means 9 section plate or you can say plate. This is a very old delicacy of Korean cuisine which is old as about the 14th century associated which the Korean Dynastic kingdom.