Hansik, An Energy Source filled with Philosophy and science
Korean food is a great source of energy, and for Koreans, energy goes beyond physical strength, it pertains to strength of the mind and soul. Traditional Korean wisdom says that “food and medicine are grown from the same root,” and therefore “there is no better medicine than food.” These long-standing traditional beliefs show how important food is to the physical and emotional well being of the Korean people.
Yin, Yang, and the Five Elements
The principles governing yin, yang, and the five elements explain how all things in nature grow and develop on the basis of mutual interactions. Opposing yin and yang forces explain how heaven and earth are formed. These twin energies also create the five elements: wood, fire, soil, metal and water. Basic elements of wood, fire, soil, metal and water. There are also five cardinal colors-blue, red, yellow, white and black – that correspond to the five basic elements. Colored ingredients are blended to produce foods that allow the body to efficiently absorb nutrients and to stimulate the appetite through the five essential tastes: salty, hot, sweet, bitter, and sour.
Fermentation Improves Taste and Nutrition
Fermentation is a critical part in discussing the scientific aspects of Korean food. Good bacteria from natural ingredients helps the fermentation process so that the nutritional value of the food is enhanced.