dish is bulgogi, strips of beef roasted over a brazier at the table after
being marinated in a mixture of soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, garlic,
green onions and other seasonings. Koreans generally like hot, spicy
foods, so red pepper is an indispensable seasoning.
originated from ancient agricultural and
nomadic traditions in the Korean peninsula and
southern Manchuria, and has evolved through a
complex interaction of environmental,
political, and cultural trends.
cuisine is largely based on rice, noodles,
tofu, vegetables, and meats. Traditional
Korean meals are noted for the number of side
dishes (banchan) that accompany
steam-cooked short-grain rice.
Kimchi is usually served at
every meal. Commonly used ingredients include
sesame oil, doenjang (fermented bean
paste), soy sauce, salt, garlic, ginger,
pepper flakes and gochujang (fermented
red chili paste).
and dishes vary by province. Many regional
dishes have become national, and dishes that
were once regional have proliferated in
different variations across the country. The
Korean royal court cuisine once brought all of
the unique regional specialties together for
the royal family. Meals are regulated by
Korean cultural etiquette.