* Date : 2013-12-18
Off to find the flavors of Gyeongbuk
Gyeongsangbuk-do is known for its stunning landscape, traditional heritage, and healthy and delicious cuisine. It's only natural that Gyeongbuk cuisine is a rising food trend as the world seeks out healthy food. Chef Matthew Jung, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and expert in French and American cuisines, travels to Gyeongbuk to sample some of the region's signature dishes famed for its deliciousness and nutritional excellence.
Pohang gwamegi and mulhoe, riches of the East Sea
A simple meal designed to satisfy hungry fishermen has become Koreans' favorite food. From mulhoe made by pouring water over a spicy mixture of thinly sliced raw fish to gwamegi, mackerel pike dried by freezing and thawing in the cold ocean winds, abundant seafoods from the East Sea are nourishing the people of Pohang and beyond. Matthew Jung shows how food researchers are trying to publicize gwamegi to the world by upgrading its nutritional value and flavors.
Eumsik Dimibang, the root of Korean traditional cuisine
If you are looking for healthy eats, look no further than "Eumsik Dimibang," a cookbook written by Jang Gye-hyang for her descendants in 1670. While the average lifespan of Joseon kings, who had enjoyed all sorts of delectable food, was only 43.3 years, "Eumsik Dimibang" author Jang Gye-hyang lived to be 82 and her husband 84. The healthy and nutritious recipes of "Eumsik Dimibang" have been passed down in Yeongyang-gun, Gyeongsangbuk-do for generations. The secret to these dishes lies in bringing out the natural flavors of each dish by using fresh ingredients, simple seasonings, and low-fat cooking methods such as steaming or boiling. Matthew Jung meets with Jo Gwi-bun, president of the Eumsik Dimibang Preservation Society, to learn some timeless recipes and the scientific principles hidden in them.
Yeongdeok snow crab, the most precious offering from the winter seas
In the early Goryeo period, about a thousand years ago, there was a mysterious village in Yeongdeok, Gyeongsangbuk-do. Although the village was impoverished, its residents were always vigorous and had a healthy glow about them. It was thought that the sea god's maidens lived in this village. But actually their secret to keeping fit and healthy despite the poverty was Yeongdeok snow crabs. Matthew Jung enjoys the diverse flavors of the Yeongdeok snow crabs, now in season, and sees how this Gyeongbuk delicacy is processed into more marketable products.