South Korean Cuisine Essay

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STAPLE FOOD
From the Korean cuisine, people mostly have rice and millet as their staple diet. They enjoy eating cooked rice, rice cake and cold noodles (냉면 naengmyeon). The very famous food that Korean’s enjoy eating every day is kimchi. Everyone knows kimchi, the national dish of Korea and a traditional Korean dish made of fermented vegetables which usually include lettuce, with a variety of seasonings. Although it is usually a side dish, kimchi is eaten every day and can be also used as a main ingredient for many popular Korean dishes.
SERVING
a) ARRANGEMENT OF COURSES/DISHES
At mealtime, steamed rice is served to each person in a small bowl set to the near left of the diner. The soup is served for each person and set to the right of the rice. A set of silverware is put on the right side of the soup, various small dishes or often called side dishes and 반찬 (pronounced as ban chan) are served in front of everyone. Some of the 반찬 may include kimchi, Korean potato salad, steamed tofu with dipping sauce, Korean sweet black beans (콩자반) and more.
b) GARNISHES
Garnishes or 고면, are used to present food visually and could be sprinkled or placed on top of each dish as decoration to appeal to the eater.
황백지단- Yellow White Egg
This is a popular garnish and can be served in many soups, stir fry, salads, and more.

고추장 – Red Chilli Paste
A savoury and pungent fermented Korean condiment made from red chilli, glutinous rice, fermented soybeans and salt. It is served with many Korean dishes especially with kimchi.

c) SPECIAL SERVING UTENSILS
There aren’t any ‘special’ or serving utensils used in Korean cuisine. Koreans serve for themselves when at meal time and share all the side dishes. They use stainless steel chopsticks and large spoons that can easily retain the heat. Korean chopsticks are similar to Chinese chopsticks but are different from Japanese ones. Korean chopsticks are longer and blunt-ended than Japanese chopsticks which are more pointed.

양반김- Olive Oil Seaweed
Dongwon
45g- 9 pack
$4.20

양반김- Olive Oil Seaweed
Dongwon
45g- 9 pack
$4.20

A VISIT TO THE SUPERMARKET

빼빼로 – Pepero
Lotte
128g- A pack
$3.30
빼빼로 – Pepero
Lotte
128g- A pack
$3.30

꿀유자차 – Honey Citron Tea
작은행븍
1000g- A jar
$5.00
꿀유자차 – Honey Citron Tea
작은행븍
1000g- A jar
$5.00

홍삼차 – Red Ginseng Tea
Dongwon
150g- One box
$16.50

홍삼차 – Red Ginseng Tea
Dongwon
150g- One box
$16.50

애니타임- Anytime
Lotte
78g
$1.60
애니타임- Anytime
Lotte
78g
$1.60

2 COURSE EVENING MEAL
MAIN COURSE

Rice
Multi-grain rice the more popular rices in Korea other than white. It contains many beans and other rices like brown rice. In Korea, this is called 오곡밥 or ogukbap; this literally means five grain rice.

Soup
Soup would be the soy bean paste soup it is written in Korean like this 된장 찌개 and pronounced as doenjang jjigae. It contains amounts of tofu, zucchini, pork, soy bean paste, chilli pepper flakes and minced garlic and onion. The chilli pepper flakes are a must in most of all Korean dishes.

Side Dishes
If I was presenting the dish, I would have cabbage kimchi and cucumber kimchi, a potato salad, peanuts dripped in sweet soy sauce and bean sprouts. These would be the average side dishes you would get served in most Korean homes and restaurants. They have a different mixture of flavours and some could even be a fresh new taste and body experience. For example the kimchi is served cool but the chilli powder warms your whole body up.

Meat
There’s got to be meat served on the table every day, I would be serving bulgogi in Korean it would be 불고기 and it is basically marinated and barbequed beef. It is absolutely delicious and is often served with steamed vegetables at home or you could barbeque it yourself at a restaurant which is a fun experience. It is one of the more popular dishes for many people who try Korean cuisine for the first time.
DESSERT
For the last course, the dessert would be the…