Korean food varies widely in ingredients, flavor, and
spice level. springs from Korean culture, a culture that has developed over thousands of years. The First Kingdom, about the time of the ancient Egyptian period, appeared around 2333 BC. Korean foods are special and exotic. The most distinguishing feature of Korean food is its spiciness. The Koreana Restaurant spices your food to the level you enjoy, using the basic combinations of red pepper, green onion, soy sauce, bean paste, garlic, ginger, sesame, mustard, vinegar, and wine, all in various blends, to enhance your dining pleasure.
Generally, the Korean diet uses many grains and vegetables, and traditional dishes are fairly low fat yet quite flavorful. Healthy for young and old! Vegetable dishes are mixed, seasoned, and soaked by hand, to ensure just the right flavor and balance.
Wisconsin has a special relationship with Korea. One connection is through
the popular herb
Korean ginseng is an essential spice
for creating the flavor of authentic
Korean cuisine which is harvested in Wisconsin and sold to many Korean businesses. The popular Wisconsin dish of sauerkraut, derived from fermented cabbage, is not too distant from that standard of Korean meals, kimchi. (Of course, we think Kimchi is far superior!) Soups are seen by both cultures as good ways to deal with cold weather, and are often made with similar basic ingredients.
Over 70% of Korean is mountainous,
The mountains of Korea are both beautiful and rugged with difficult terrain and a climate to match. Few think of Korea as a destination for skiing, but the many resorts and slopes reveal how popular and available the sport is. As a peninsular country, Korean is also a land of the ocean,
Korea is surrounded by the ocean on three sides with beaches, fishing and unique landscapes to match, where waterskiing competes with other seaside activities. The dramatic differences in geography are reflected in all things Korean. Subtle, delicate flavors of seafood reflect one part of Korean taste, particularly the coastal areas with their more moderate climate. While the fiery, barbecue flavors of Korean grilling, known around the world, reflect the other part of Korean taste, the mountainous, more vigorous, cooler areas.
This dichotomy is paralleled in music and dance
Korean dance is based on the excuisite
and unique style of Korean music as well as modern Korean culture. Ranging from the subtle to the aggressive and dramatic, the interplay between these two aspects provides much energy to all things Korean. The landmarks of Korea also echo this split. The temples and palaces
The ancient temples and palaces of Korea rival any of
its modern architecture of the past are now mixed with the office towers, malls and theaters
The nighttime skyline of modern Seoul is breathtaking of the present, monuments of history blending with monuments of the future.
An amazing, embroidered landscape in the entryway of Koreana and culture is dramatic, full of energy, and very expressive, and can be seen as springing from the nature of the land itself. The four seasons of the year are similar in many ways to Wisconsin weather. Painting and the other visual arts have long been very important, and modern Korea reflects two different paths. The traditional painting style uses images and details of everyday life, while the recent Western style is more symbolic in nature.
Korean music is very special, using 3 beats per measure, and its unique pattern is echoed in the rich tradition of dance. Korean dances and mask dances are world-renowned, and linked tightly to their special music. Patterns range from simple folk styles to formal, courtly performances, with elaborate costumes to match. Often the common events of life are ritualized in these dances, affirming for all their importance. Jeonju, a city many see as the center of Korean culture and art, is home of the Jeonju Yi clan, from which the Joseon Dynasty sprung. The Queen's Dress in our entryway reveals the splendor and rich heritage of these kingdoms. Many elements of Japanese culture are derived from the ancient patterns of Korean history.
The formal Korean alphabet of 10 vowels and 14 consonants was created in 1443, well before other Asian cultures had systemic ways of writing, and allowed much Korean poetry and song to be recorded and passed down through the centuries.
As with any ancient culture, many patterns of behavior are formalized, from presenting business cards with two hands, to varieties of ways of handling rice, the centuries-old staple of the Korean diet. Politeness and cleanliness are extremely important. Age is also revered, since families feel that they have special relationships with their ancestors, with family members who have passed. Respect for all is essential to Korean society.