Background Check of Your Favorite Korean Dishes
How much do you really know about the most popular Korean foods apart from its intoxicating flavors, healthy ingredients and well-known spiciness?
Let’s look at few interesting background tidbits.
Rice. It is the biggest crop produced in South Korea. It is central to Korean cuisine. Bap is the Korean word for rice, describing meals or food in general. The starchy, sticky as glue staple is equivalent to the American bread and butter.
Banchan (Korea’s equivalent to tapas) are side dishes, as many as 8 or more at the table. Small portions are served, almost always refillable, but meant to be all consumed. Korean custom is that you should always leave the table full.
Bulgogi literally means ‘fire meat.’ The beef or pork is marinated and grilled over an open flame for intense flavor. It’s also called Korean barbeque. It used to be traditionally prepared especially for the wealthy and the nobility.
Japchae means ‘mix vegetables’ in Korean. It was first introduced in the imperial court of the of the Joseon dynasty, created by a king at the time. Originally just vegetables and mushrooms, the dish is now prepared with stir-fried glass noodles.
Man-doo, Korean-style dumplings, are considered symbols of good luck during lunar New Year festivities. Did you know that the dumplings are not of Asian roots, but actually originated from Mesopotamia?
Tdeukguk, or Tteokguk, literally translates to rice cake soup. It’s a traditional Korean New Year celebration dish. It is customary to eat it to get older.
Loving Popular Korean Foods in Seattle
Whatever the background of your favorite Korean dish, enjoy the flavors and textures of our popular selections at Korean Tofu House. We love tradition and we know you do, too.