5 tips for eating authentically Korean-style
1. Make sure your meal is very colorful. Korean culinary tradition focuses on five colors, which are white, yellow, red, black and green. This is most obvious in a bowl of 비빔밥 bibimbap. Once you learn that pattern, you will notice it in other Korean foods as well, such as 김밥 kimbap, called sushi in Japan.
2. Cook your vegetables as little as possible. Steam or briefly blanch the vegetables then marinated them in sesame oil, garlic, soy sauce and black pepper. Sesame oil is potent, so use it sparingly.
|Soup and veggies are the basic building blocks of all Korean meals. (Tammy Quackenbush photo)|
3. Eat soup with every meal, or nearly every meal. It’s an easy way to get your recommended eight glasses of water a day. Koreans usually drink little during mealtime.
|Scientists are learning new health benefits from green tea every day. Drinking it daily is a good idea too. (Stock.xchg photo)|
4. Kick to the curb the soda and other sugary beverages in favor of tea. Whether the tea is made from leaves, roasted corn, roasted barley or 유자차 yujacha, replace the carbonated soda with a more traditional beverage.
|Korean pears make a good substitute in many recipes that call for apples or European pears. (Jeff Quackenbush photo)|
5. The best dessert in the world is fruit. Korean pears, apples or oranges are mouth-cleansing and a nutritious end to a meal. Better than carbohydrate-loaded cakes and pies many Westerners eat to cap off a meal.