All of us wish that we could just eat nonstop without having to worry about those extra calories. Most of us, especially girls, wish that we could eat as much as we want to without getting fat. Good news! Binge eating is now possible with Korean cuisine.
A Korean meal is a playful combination of different tastes -- sweet, sour, bitter, hot and salty. It also comes in colorful varieties such as green, white, red, black and yellow.
In an online article published in Eating Well, the author stated that these colors actually represent the five basic elements of the yin-yang principle, that is, wood, metal, fire, water and earth. The article further states that “the idea of getting a variety of foods—and not too much of any—makes intuitive sense. [It is done] to get variety and moderation in our eating. This may be one of the factors why obesity is not relatively rare among Koreans as compared to other nationalities, including Filipinos.
Korean meals are usually made of healthy ingredients such as vegetables, spices, and the like. These ingredients are somehow important in keeping a slim and healthy body. Also, one thing about Korean food is that they bank more on the vegetables rather than the meat.
The Korean meal is usually comprised of soup. For them, the soup is a great way to feel full without having to worry about the calories you have just consumed. Then, of course, Koreans also love meat. However, unlike many other cuisines, meat in Korean cuisine is not the center of the meal. It is just an accompaniment. Meaning to say, the saturated fat one consumes is not high.
Another secret why Korean cuisine is healthy is the lack of oil. They usually eat food that are either boiled, stewed, or grilled. It is both healthier and tastier. Then there is the Korean kimchi. Did you know that Kimchi is one of the healthiest foods in the entire world? It contains varied minerals and vitamins and is really helpful for digestion.
You may have noticed this too. Korean cuisine is mainly made up of vegetables and spices. This is not because they love spicy food alone. It has been shown that spicy food helps speed up the metabolism. Thus, you are confident that those extra calories are burned off.
Even though Koreans like bulgogi (grilled marinated beef) dishes, they’re also are big consumers of heart-healthy seafood. Kimchi – robustly flavored, fermented vegetables – also tends to be a favorite among Koreans. Kimchis provide phytonutrients and fiber and supplies lactobacillus and other “good” bacteria that help boost immune defenses. Lastly, most of their food have spices, and when it comes to Koreans, the spicier the food, the better.
Koreans also enjoy each other’s company while waiting for their orders – most of the time. In that particular restaurant, six kinds of side dishes are served while customers wait for their ordered meals. These side dishes are mostly fresh vegetables soaked in vinegar. These are also refillable. On the other hand, instead of iced tea, customers are served with hot tea – a healthy drink that is also a favorite among Koreans.
Osam bulgogi: sauteed squid and pork with hot pepper paste.
Dolsot bibimbap: white rice topped with a variety of vegetables, sliced beef, chili pepper taste, and egg. Surrounding the bibimbap are the different side dishes offered while customers wait for their orders.
Gimbabs and Koreans version of pancake made with vegetables.