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Eating cereals, pasta and cutlets, our people sometimes want something exotic. Each of them has advantages, but not without disadvantages.
Korean cuisine is special. There are many stereotypes around Korean cuisine that should be debunked.
Sometimes it turns out to be useful to find out what you really eat. Let's figure it out!
Koreans eat a lot of meat. This myth is based on reviews of Korean restaurants mainly located in America. They often order dishes that can be considered heavy at the expense of meat. But in restaurants in Korea, the situation is different. There meat is not the basis of food, rice takes this place.
Koreans eat a lot of beef. This myth has a similar origin. The fact is that in America a lot of beef is really cooked. This can be explained by the cheapness of such meat in the country. For Korea itself, beef is an expensive pleasure; some establishments generally have the highest price for such meat in the world. So beef is not cooked here every day, but several times a month.
Korean food is too spicy. There are some dishes in Korean cuisine that are really spicy. However, compared to other cuisines, they are far from being champions. Kimchi can be spicy at a young age, but the effects wear off over time. Indian, Mexican, Thai and even American cuisines have many dishes that are spicier than most Korean ones. The chili used in the dishes has spicy notes that do not come immediately. This is why you should be careful. Nothing is felt right away, but after a few seconds a hot burning sensation comes. It is the Americans who speak dismissively about spicy cabbage, believing that only Koreans can eat their dishes. Let's leave it on their conscience.
Koreans eat dog meat. Let's be clear - in Korea, dog meat is indeed eaten, but there are other cultures that eat dogs even more. It is more likely to see such dishes on sale in Chinese markets in Seoul than in Korean ones. The food is believed to have a healing effect. She helps old people to cheer up in the summer. During the tuberculosis epidemic, it was believed that such a dish would help resist the disease. Those who have tasted such meat say that this food is not something special. Dogs are eaten in Korea less and less. There are very real problems with the meat processing industry for such animals. It's just a myth that Koreans use this product, so old that it starts to sound like racism. Talking about it is like joking about blacks and watermelons. Accusing Koreans of eating dogs simply speaks of a person's low culture and limitations.
Kimchi is rotten cabbage. By this name they mean pickled vegetables, most often it is Peking cabbage. There is a fine but clear line between decay and fermentation. In general, fermentation products, not only kimchi, are better digested by our body. Many of them have beneficial bacteria. There are actually quite a few foods in our diet that use this process. These are cheese, wine, beer, sauerkraut, yoghurts. Newbies may be intimidated by the smell of kimchi, but young cheeses don't smell good either. This dish, which seems disgusting at first glance, just takes some getting used to.
Korean food is healthy and well-being. In fact, this question is not so simple. More and more foreigners are joining this food, but Koreans are gradually abandoning it. Most dishes are based on vegetarian and low-fat foods. However, the high sodium content of the dishes is also worth noting. It is no coincidence that Korea has some of the highest rates of stomach cancer in the world. Probably, there is something to do with what exactly people put in their stomachs. However, fans of Korean food prefer not to focus on this fact. They even look down on fans of Western diets, which are not so "healthy". For those who want to eat really healthy, it is better to attend to their own kitchen.
Do not leave sticks stuck in rice. They say that this is a sign of bad taste. In Asia, it is believed that sticks stuck vertically upwards into the center of rice speak of remembrance of the dead. In fact, few people in Korea pay attention to this. Even the locals themselves leave sticks like that, paying tribute to convenience, not omens. The older generations, of course, are unhappy with this ignorance of traditions, but everything remains at the level of muttering.
Rice can only be eaten with chopsticks. Many table manners are fictional myths. In Korea, it is customary to handle a spoon, using it not only for soup, and not only for toddlers. Rice is also eaten with it. It's just that everyone chooses the tool that is most convenient for him.
Bo Ssam is a roast pork. This myth originated from David Chang. In his Momofuku Sam Bar, he made Bo Ssam a popular dish. It looks like fried pork served with fresh oysters and lettuce. Doesn't that sound delicious? The New York Times published a signature recipe for this dish. The Koreans themselves were surprised by its composition. Bo Ssam is made from baked meat. No frying pans are used in Korean cuisine and meat is not roasted. So a small surprise awaits gourmets in the form of an original dish that does not seem quite what it is.
Korean food has a lot of cilantro, coconut, lime. American publications regularly publish recipes for "Korean" dishes. In fact, most often they are written by those who just stopped to have a bite in the national quarter in their own city. The cooking show Top Chef even made panna cotta (boiled cream) from coconut, claiming it was a Korean dish. And other contestants offered recipes with cilantro, which repelled everyone except for extreme food lovers from such dishes. There is a tendency in the West to combine all the diverse Asian cuisines. But Korea is located in the northeastern part of the continent. No coconuts, pineapples or lychees grow here. Korea has lemons, but no limes. We must stop confusing the cuisine of this country with other Asian southeast. In Korea itself, the situation is the opposite, here all European cuisines are mixed together.
Korean food increases sperm count and quality. In any kitchen there are dishes that supposedly improve male capabilities, the quality of sperm. But frankly, there is more marketing here than real action. And even an organization like the China Food Foundation has removed information from its website about the positive effects of national dishes on sperm count. Yet this has nothing to do with science, let myths remain myths.
Korean food works wonders for your health. In fact, it is worth holding back the enthusiasm for another diet or national cuisine that works wonders for health until a full-scale blind test is carried out. It was said that kimchi can cure AIDS, bird flu, cancer ... When advertising Korean food, we will be told about its special ingredients that do something good for health. Who will check? Believing this is like relying on those miracle drugs advertised on television late at night. It is clearly not worth talking about the unique properties of a particular cuisine without a medical opinion.
Soy sauce is the most common in Korea. There are many sauces in the national cuisine of this country and soy does not stand out among them.
Salads are popular in Korea. But salads are practically not eaten here, the myth appeared thanks to the Russian version of "Korean" dishes.
Seafood is very popular in Korea. In this country, seafood is consumed in about the same volumes as we do. Fish here is even more expensive than meat, and a raw product is sometimes more expensive than cooked.
Koreans don't drink tea or coffee. In fact, both of these drinks are used here. Tea, of course, is prepared green, not black. It is customary to drink food with still mineral water. It is always served in a restaurant with a dish.
Korean food is not well tolerated by our stomachs. Those who are "addicted" to this food do not complain about digestive problems. It is believed that Korean food is definitely healthier than American food. In this Asian country, by the way, there are very few obese people.
Doshirak is a Korean invention. It is believed that this food was invented either in the West or in Russia. In fact, this is what Koreans call any food that you can take with you. In other words, the term includes more than just noodles. It can be rice with meat, and noodles. And instant noodles in Korea are called "ramen" and are sold in large glasses. The taste is indistinguishable from the Moscow Doshirak, but the assortment is much larger.