Have you been feeling yucky lately? Maybe you’re getting sick, and you don’t know it yet. Luckily, Korean food has incredible restorative powers. If you’re not feeling your best, then try these Korean dishes, and you’ll start feeling better once you’re done!
Samgyetang – Chicken and Ginseng Soup
If you grew up eating chicken noodle soup or chicken and rice soup, then you know how comforting and healing those soups can be. Although you might think that the summertime is too warm for you to enjoy soup, that isn’t always going to be the case. A small chicken is packed with glutinous rice, garlic, dates, chestnuts, and ginseng. One of the reasons why this soup is so popular is that it will help warm you up. It is also believed to warm up the stomach, which can help with digestion problems. There are other types of warm soup for anyone feeling under the weather. One example is kongnamul-guk or soybean sprout soup. A second example is called miyeok-guk or seaweed soup.
Jook – Rice Porridge
Rice is a staple crop all over Asia. Korea is no exception. Rice porridge is one of the best foods for anyone with an upset stomach. Although associated with Chinese food, it isn’t out of place on a Korean food menu. The key to making this porridge is the slow-boiling method. This rice is soaked in water for hours and hours until it is soft and mushy. That way, it’s easier to keep down.
Believe it or not, kimchi can be the cure for whatever ails you. Ggakdugi is spicy radish-based kimchi that is meant to help you recover from a hangover. Mul-kimchi, also called water kimchi, is supposed to help rehydrate you. It also gives you back the salts you lose when you sweat too much. As everyone knows, staying hydrated is even more critical in the summertime!
Baesuk – Korean Pear Punch
You’ll need something tasty to drink, especially to cool down all the spice from the kimchi. Although prepared as a punch, this drink can also be made as a tea. Korean pears are either poached or steamed and then mixed with black peppercorns for an extra level of kick, and to balance out the sweetness of the pears. Then honey and ginger are added to make it taste better. If you’ve got a cold, or a sore throat, then this is an excellent remedy to try out. The second type of tea is called Yuja-cha, or Yuja marmalade tea. Compared to lemon juice, Yuja is much more powerful citrus. Get you what you need!
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Lotte Plaza Market is your one-stop-shop for all of your Korean and Asian grocery needs. With more than 10 locations in Maryland and Virginia, this growing market is always expanding and opening new markets to serve our customers better. Since we opened in 1976, our goal has always been to provide the best customer service and groceries to our customers. For answers to all of your questions, please email us at LottePlaza.com.