At first glance, it seems Japanese cuisine is exotic, although everything is based on a simple formula. It begins with soup, followed by very fresh raw fish, then the main dish, fried, boiled, steamed fish, chicken or vegetables, completes all the rice and pickles, maybe fresh fruit for dessert and a Cup of green tea. That’s all – almost all.
Rice – of course, traditional product, and seafood – steamed, stewed, fried or raw; chicken, pork or beef (sometimes) – in order of frequency of use; huge variety of vegetables (wild and garden), pickled, blanched or boiled but never overcooked; the soy beans in all imaginable and unimaginable combinations: from snacks to soy sauce, seaweed used in many dishes.
In addition to raw fish, there is an incredible variety of vegetation used in cooking, incredibly surprising European flavor: the take-no-Ko (bamboo shoots), renkon (Lotus root) and precious matsutake mushrooms (growing in jealously protected forest shelters, the price of which often exceeds $60 apiece).
Japanese cuisine throughout the centuries has been influenced by the cuisine of the Imperial court, borrowed in China. Formal religious style of food, called zoku-riori. She prepared only by specially appointed chefs who had the status of priests of the Imperial service and culinary ritual, which today is almost entirely lost.
The Capital Of South Korea
The ancient city of Seoul – capital of South Korea, where more than 11 million people. Today this city can be compared to other megacities of the developed Asian countries – there is also a quirky mix of tradition and innovation, fast rhythm of life and the peacefulness of Buddhist temples, the gray contrasts of block apartment buildings with traditional architecture and futuristic buildings in the heart of the city. Seasoned travelers have noted with humour that to stay in Seoul for a long time is not necessary – after it is very difficult to return to normal life.
Today, Seoul is confident to develop tourist destinations – here an influx of tourists from other Asian countries, and it is gaining popularity among Russian tourists. Today fly to Seoul direct flights from Moscow, Novosibirsk, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok. In fact, the airport of Seoul is located in the neighboring city of Incheon, but to get him to the capital on a special train in just 40 minutes.
The history of Seoul
The first settlements appeared on the site of modern Seoul in the 18th century BC. But the capital city was only in the 14th century. It is true then it was called hanseong was the capital of the Joseon dynasty. This lasted until the early 20th century and most of the historical monuments constructed during the reign of this Continue reading