If you ask, “What is the Korean food that Koreans can’t live without?” I am sure a lot of people (both Koreans and foreigners) will say “Kimchi”. Kimchi (김치 – fermented vegetables) is one of the staple food of Koreans – you can always find kimchi as one of the side dishes on the tables in most Korean families and restaurants in South Korea. Kimchi can indeed be considered as one of the national symbols of South Korea. Moreover, in South Korea, when taking photos, Koreans say “Kimchi” to make people smile (the equivalence of saying “Cheese” in English). In this blog post, let’s talk about some interesting things about kimchi, including kimchi being used as a theme in Korean pop culture like TV drama and pop song. Continue reading
In South Korea, one of my favourite things is the Korean food – there are a number of Korean foods I really like and for some there are also interesting stories behind them. Further, there are also some interesting things about “eating” in Korean culture. So, I would like to start a series of blog posts on “Hansik” (한식 – Korean food) to talk about interesting things about Korean food and eating in South Korea. This is the first post in the series – I will talk about some general interesting things about hansik and eating first. Continue reading
Question: What type of superfoods has recently gained popularity in South Korea?
Answer: Super grains like lentils, quinoa and chia seeds.
According to the online Oxford Dictionary, “superfood” is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. Like people in other countries, Koreans are now more concerned about their health and well-being. In South Korea, there are some supermarkets which have specific sections for superfoods. Continue reading