health food in Korea: Korean food made out of the belief that food is medicine.
Food is not just about taste, it is a necessary ingredient in life to live long enough. So our ancestors made delicious food with good ingredients in season. That’s what’s been said about our health food in Korea.
It’s not much different from our ancestors who tried to take care of themselves with good food. We take care of whether there is anything good for the body when it feels stiff and tired, or when it feels weak.
For many years, our ancestors’ thoughts have been passed on to us.
There is a saying that best describes the characteristics of Korean food. It’s called yagsigdong-won. It means that medicine and food are the same source of human health.
In humans, disease is a philosophy that seeks to find harmony through food because it means that body harmony is broken.
Special health food, Yakseon and Boyeongsik
Yakseon is a medicine that uses medicinal herbs to improve nutrition and other functions.
It is a food prepared by combining medicinal herbs or plants of similar medicinal value for the purpose of preventing or treating diseases or reinforcing the body.
Boyeongsik is the food we eat to protect our body. It has a slightly different meaning from yakseon, which cooks with medicinal herbs.
The nourishment works by allowing the various ingredients in the food itself to interact within the body to quickly restore symptoms of various diseases and to allow the body to function smoothly. So, it is important to eat a balanced diet of both chi and blood, yin and yang.
Variety of Boyeongsiks(Healthy food)
Korea is rich in food materials because of its distinctive four seasons and its geographical features surrounded by the sea on three sides. There is a variety of food supplements. Let’s find out more about what they’re like.
/Samgyetang is indispensable for rejuvenating the summer season.
Chicken is a food ingredient that strengthen energy, so it cooked a lot as a nourishment on a hot summer day. Samgyetang is a food that boiled for a long time by adding glutinous rice, garlic, jujubes and ginseng to the chicken’s stomach. There are a lot of hot soup dishes in Korea, and samgyetang is one of them.
In the eyes of foreigners, you might wonder why korean eat hot soup on a hot summer day, but there is a special reason for it. Because hot soup makes you sweat, and it cools down, and the heat in your body goes out.
Samgyetang is generally made of white-skinned chicken, but was also made of black-bone chicken and taken as medicine. The black-bone chicken, which has the effect of removing heat with black food, is said to prevent stroke and help women with postpartum care and pleurisy.
/Both sweet and nutritious, eel roast.
Eel, a high-protein food ingredient, is also often eaten as a health food. Eels are rich in vitamin A, Vitabin B and vitamin C, and are known to be good for women’s beauty as well as for fatigue recovery, anti-aging and boosting their stamina. Especially, it has a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for preventing adult diseases and rich in calcium. Eel usually eats a lot as a roast, and Pungcheon Eel roast in Gochang, North Jeolla Province is famous.
/King’s nourishment, Tarak porridge(Milk porridge)
Milk porridge is a slightly unique Healthy food. Tarak means milk. In the royal court, the royal family minced rice with milk and boiled it when they were sick or weak.
Since it was king’s health food, they did not make it in a small kitchen, which was in charge of the king’s meal, but instead they made it in Medical Center of the king’s house and deliver it to the king. It is said to the servant that it was such a precious food that the king gifted it down.