Among the intangible cultural heritages of Korea is Koryo medicinal dietary cure.
The dietary cure is one of the traditional methods based on Koryo medicines that Koreans have used in preventing and treating diseases from olden times.
The historical data on hundreds of kinds of dietary cure recorded in old books including “Samgukyusa”, “Hyangyakjipsongbang”, “Uibangryuchwi” and “Tonguibogam” showed that medicinal dishes have been used in Korean people’s diet.
Insam, wild plant, shizandra, ginger, sea tangle, terrapin, carp, honey, chestnut, pine-nut, walnut, acorn, chicken, cattle, octopus, squid and many other things living in mountains, fields, rivers and sea have been used as main ingredients of medicinal dishes like rice, gruel, soup, broth, tea, liquor and roasting.
Typical medicinal dishes are sweet rice dish, parsley gruel, date gruel, pine-nut gruel, walnut gruel, abalone gruel, oyster gruel, mussel gruel, red-bean gruel, bean gruel, mung-bean gruel, apricot stone gruel, chicken soup boiled with insam, loach soup, oxtail soup, carp soup, bouilli chicken, bouilli rabbit, bouilli carp, ginger preserved in honey, insam preserved in honey, lotus root preserved in honey, cake made from wheat-flour, patterned savory cake and medicinal wine.
Thanks to the Workers’ Party of Korea on protecting national heritage, the Koryo medicinal dietary cure is widely used in hospitals and families, contributing to promoting the people’s health.