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Food In Korea

There are many different famous foods in Korea; some are Bibimbap, kimchi, and many varieties of soup. Bibimbap is one of the most traditional type of Korean cuisine. In Korean food culture, people are particular about the “five colors and tastes” when they are dining. Bibimbap has many elements which can directly exemplify one of the “five colors and tastes”. There are five kinds of vegetables in five different colors on the top of the Bibimbap. After mixing the ingredients with hot sauce, vegetables, and rice, it will bring people many different tastes. It serves in a hot stone bowl, which can keep the heat of the food. In addition, Kimchi also can be commonly seen on Korean tables. In Korea, Kimchi is a must have for every meal. Kimchi is a pickled vegetable for side dish. It can be eaten as an appetizer in some western countries. It is an indispensable food in all the Korean people’s life. Nowadays, Kimchi has become much spicier than in 16th century. Actually, Kimchi was salty before the 16th century. At that time, Korea was lacking in vegetables in the cold winter. Therefore, people would store the vegetable in the salty water and put it into jars in order to spend the cold winter. As people’s taste changed, Kimchi becomes spicier than it has been in the past. If we say bibimbap is the symbol of Korean food. Soup is the soul of Korean food. In traditional Korean culture, they always offer the soap as sacrifices to the spirits. There are a wide variety of soups; it is mainly stewed with meat, fish, mushrooms, vegetables and seaweed. At last, I have to say, we spend a good time in Korea.

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