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A Short History of Tofu

There are many great ways to enjoy tofu at Arirang’s Lynnwood Korean BBQ restaurant. Try some doo-boo kimchi (kimchi with tofu), a soon doo boo jji ge (tofu kimchi stew), or one of our doenjang dishes (soybean paste soup). It’s a common sight in many Asian-style restaurants, but did you ever wonder where tofu came from, and how it came to be such a big part of many culinary traditions?

Nobody knows for sure who invented tofu. Chinese historical records credit it to a prince by the name of Liu An at some point around 164 BC. Unfortunately, it was customary during this period to attribute important inventions to important political figures, so there’s no way to know for sure who the true inventor was.

Tofu apparently spread from China to the rest of Asia along with the propagation of Buddhist philosophy. The Buddhists wanted to make it easier for followers to embrace a vegetarian diet, so they popularized tofu as a source of protein. In this way it made its way to Korea, where it has remained a large part of traditional dining to this day.

Look Younger and Healthier by Eating Kimchi!

Are you looking for a way to foster a younger, more vital look well into old age? You don’t need to resort to expensive cosmetic procedures. All you need is a diet rich in high quality nutrition, like the nutrition you get when you consume kimchi. There are many benefits to eating this classic Korean dish, including the following:

  • Kimchi Fights the Aging Process: The fermentation process that goes into making kimchi leaves it packed with potent antioxidants. These serve to fight the agents that damage your skin, decreasing the appearance of age in your face.
  • Kimchi Helps You Lose Weight: Kimchi is not just a low-calorie, low-fat food. The spices used to season it contain capsaicin, which boosts your metabolism and makes it easier to manage your weight.
  • Kimchi Makes You Healthier: Kimchi is generally made with numerous superfoods, including garlic, ginger, and red pepper. These strengthen your bones, improve your circulation, and boost your immune system. This all adds up to a healthier body and a healthier appearance.

You can make kimchi a bigger part of your diet today by dining at Arirang Korean BBQ. Our Lynnwood restaurant offers many delicious ways to enjoy this old Korean favorite.

Korea’s Rice Wine is the World’s Best-Selling Alcohol

If somebody asked you what the most popular liquor in the world was, what would you guess? The answer may surprise you. Though soju may not be as recognizable a name as vodka, whiskey, or sake, it has topped lists of best-selling alcoholic beverages throughout the globe for years.

Soju, the national drink of South Korea, has been skyrocketing in popularity recently. It currently sells in about eighty countries, and is only spreading further. According to Drinks International in their annual lists of best-selling spirits, a brand of soju known as Jinro Soju sold 65 million nine-litre cases in 2013, beating out Smirnoff for the coveted title of best-selling spirit by threefold.

It’s little wonder that soju should be so popular. South Korea boasts the world’s highest alcohol consumption per capita, and this rice wine makes up fully 97% of their alcohol market. If you’ve never experienced the magic of soju for yourself, come and give it a try at Arirang Korean BBQ in Lynnwood today!

Valentine’s Day and White Day in South Korea

Valentine’s Day is celebrated in South Korea in much the same way that it is in the United States, but with a few exceptions. Most notably, it is the Korean women who traditionally buy gifts for the special men in their lives, rather than the other way around. These gifts will most often come in the form of special chocolate boxes.

Though this might seem one-sided to us in the United States, South Korea has a second holiday where the men have the opportunity to return the favor. They call this day White Day, which takes place exactly one month after Valentine’s Day. The day gets its name from the boxes of chocolate that are marketed for men to buy for the women, which are generally colored white.

When you need a way to show your appreciation to the special man or woman in your life, consider a trip to Arirang Korean Barbeque in Lynnwood. Our hearty and healthy Korean fare is a great accompaniment to any romantic night out.

Korean Dining on a Low-Sodium Diet

There are many superior health benefits to eating Korean food. Indeed, Korea is one of the world’s healthiest countries. However, the Korean people are also known for consuming more sodium than almost all other nations. But does this mean that you can’t have Korean food if you’re trying to reduce your sodium levels? Not at all! Just follow these simple guidelines, and you should be able to enjoy a meal at Lynnwood Korean BBQ while abiding by your low-sodium diet:

  • Much of the sodium that Koreans consume can be traced to the fact that they eat salt-rich kimchi with just about every meal. Enjoy this classic dish sparingly, and you’re already cutting out much of the sodium of the Korean diet.
  • Soy sauce is fairly high in sodium, though it is also a lower sodium alternative to a comparable amount of salt. Use soy sauce sparingly.
  • If you’re trying to reduce your sodium, you want to make sure you’re getting enough potassium. This mineral helps purge sodium from your body. Look for potassium-rich foods, like soy, potato, and fatty fish. Other fair sources of potassium include red meat and green vegetables.