Colours in Korean food  : Orientation to 5 colours 

While I prepared a meal yesterday,  I thought it is a good idea to share the colour scheme in Korean food.

“For Koreans,  Korean food ( hansik) is based on the pursuit of harmony with nature. The philosophy of hansik stems from yaskikdongwon-the traditional belief that food can have the same healing power.  This means it is   based on the philosophy of Yin and Yang and the five elements. Five elements are represented by 5 colours; white, black, red, yellow and blue. we call it oh bang saek. Oh refers 5, bang refers directions and saek refers colours.

Koreans traditionally believed that disease could be prevented and cured by eating specific foods since physical problems were caused by disharmony between the season, one’s physical constitution and the food one ingested. ”

***This short posting is mostly  rephrased from “Oh bang saek: The philosophy of Five colors behind Korean cuisine by Korean Culture and Information Service” and I will post the meaning of each color in Korean food according to the above articles I mentioned.