Exploring South Korean Cuisine

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Known as “The Land of Morning Calm”, South Korea is a country in which tradition and modernity come face to face.

The capital, Seoul, with its 11 million inhabitants, is a centre of excellence for the full range of South Korean cuisine.  Anthropologists say, in an ever-changing world, food is one of the characteristics of a society that changes the most slowly.  South Korea is no exception.

Some of Korean cuisine bear historical roots that can be traced to Chinese and Mongolian influences, as well as one of the longest and most powerful monarchy—the Joseon Dynasty.  Much of the food that exists today and the customs surrounding it have come from Korean royal court cuisine and the complex customs of the ancient court.

Korean cuisine is some of the healthiest on earth, with an emphasis on vegetables, meats cooked simply and without much oil and a near obsession with the fermented vegetable kimchiKimchi is pickled vegetables which contain vitamin A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, iron, calcium, carotene, etc.

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