Korean Food Story
- Shabnam(이슬) / 2014.12.05
Tteokguk, soup made with tteok, rice cake
Soups are a common part of any Korean meal. Unlike other cultures, in Korean culture, soup is served as part of the main course rather than at the beginning or the end of the meal, as an accompaniment to rice along with other banchan. Soups known as guk are often made with meats, shellfish and vegetables. Soups can be made into more formal soups known as tang, often served as the main dish of the meal. Jjigae are a thicker, heavier seasoned soups or stews.
Some popular types of soups are:
Malgeunguk (맑은국), are flavored with ganjang. Small amounts of long boiled meat may be added to the soup, or seafood both fresh and dried may be added, or vegetables may be the main component for the clear soup.
Tojangguk (토장국) are seasoned with doenjang. Common ingredients for tojang guk include seafood such as clams, dried anchovies, and shrimp. For a spicier soup, gochujang is added.
Gomguk (곰국) or gomtang (곰탕), and they are made from boiling beef bones or cartilage. Originating as a peasant dish, all parts of beef are used, including tail, leg and rib bones with or without meat attached; these are boiled in water to extract fat, marrow, and gelatin to create a rich soup. Some versions of this soup may also use the beef head and intestines. The only seasoning generally used in the soup is salt.
Naengguk (냉국), which are cold soups generally eaten during the summer months to cool the diner. A light hand is usually used in the seasoning of these soups usually using ganjang and sesame oil.
Stews are referred to as jjigae, and are often a shared side dish. Jjigae is often both cooked and served in the glazed earthenware pot (ttukbaegi) in which it is cooked. The most common version of this stew is doenjang jjigae, which is a stew of soybean paste, with many variations; common ingredients include vegetables, saltwater or freshwater fish, and tofu. The stew often changes with the seasons and which ingredients are available. Other common varieties of jjigae contain kimchi (kimchi jjigae) or tofu (sundubu jjigae)
Samgyetang is a hot chicken soup to boost your energy in the hot summer season. It is made with a young whole chicken stuffed with ginseng, garlic and sweet rice. Samgyetang is a Koreans' favorite energizing food and it is common to have it on sambok (삼복) days — Chobok (초복), Jungbok (중복) and Malbok (말복) — which are believed to be the hottest days in Korea.
According to the survey conducted by chosun.com, foreigners considered samgyetang as one of the best health foods for summer because of the good taste and nutrition
Sweet red bean soup
red bean paste, sweet rice flour, boiling water, sugar, pine nuts, cinnamon powder.
In a pot, place 1 cup of washed red beans and 4 cups of water and heat it over high heat for 10 minutes.
Lower the heat to low medium and simmer for 50 minutes.
Check if the beans are cooked fully. Remove extra water from the beans and crush them with a wooden spoon or use your food processor to grind it.
Add 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 ts of salt, 1 ts of cinnamon powder into the red bean paste and set it aside.
Put the red bean paste in a pot.
Pour some water (about 4- 5 cups) and 1 cup of sugar (depends on your taste) and boil it.
Mix one cup of sweet rice powder, a pinch of salt and 1 tbs of sugar in a bowl.
Add ½ cup-1 cup of hot water in “3” and mix it with a spoon first and fold it by hand to make dough. (The amount of hot water varies depending on the dryness of sweet rice powder you use, so first use ½ cup of hot water to make your dough and put more hot water while kneading the dough)
Make small rice balls with the dough about 0.5 cm diameter.
When the red bean soup boils, add the rice balls and cook it.
Keep stirring the soup and it will get thicker.
Ladle the soup into a bowl and add a few pine nuts on top and sprinkle some cinnamon powder and serve it.
Fermented Cabbage Soup
Kimchi chigae is a very popular soup made primarily with kimchi. It is often prepared using older, more fermented and ripe kimchi, creating a stronger and flavorful taste while fresh kimchi may not bring out the full and rich flavors. Different variations can exist but sliced kimchi is usually put into a pot with tofu, onions, garlic and beef, pork or seafood, which are all boiled together with water or anchovy stock.
The soup is seasoned with either dwenjang and/or gochujang which contributes to the distinctive red color. Final soup is normally served in a stone pot and still boiling when served on the table. Typically, kimchi chigae is eaten with a bowl of rice accompanied by various side dishes!
What does it mean?
It's Korean soup made with vegetables ,fish,meat and plenty of water!
Koreans,who love this healthy and simple food called Soup people...
GUK is a hot food but Korean says it's a cold food,
(I think it's because the comfortable feeling in their stomach after eating Guk)
Let's find out about guk and what it means to Korean people!
Korean have Guks in many forms,it can be clear,milky white or spicy.
Korean from the past to the present always have Guk in their meals!
Chefs say there are 100 kinds of Guks in korea!
Like: Bean sprout guk , Beef seaweed guk , Doenjang guk , Fish cake guk , Dried pollock seaweed guk.....
You can make all of them by plenty of water & many ingredients!
Korean says their meals couldn't be completed without Guk!
In Korean dining culture is one pot culture with the whole family sharing one dish! Eating in korea is not only about test and nutrition but also about sharing!
Korean use not only vegetables in guk they use seaweed,too!
The Korean table is set 'BAP' on the left, 'Guk 'on the right,Sujeo (Korean spoon & chopsticks) next to that!
#Korean Food Story
I want to write the reason that I choose this theme!
Nobody like to be sick or get a cancer! Yes??
Do u eat sugar,chocolate,candy a lot??
Do you have bad habits that make u ill??
Do you have some health problems??
Just watch what you eat!
Scientists found out we can cure many diseases by eating healthy food!
One of the healthy food is Korean food!
I'll tell u the secrets behind Korean food and how you can have a healthy life like most of Koreans!
The first food that we 'll read called 'GUK'...
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