Caught between Japan and China, Korean food is a wonderful
combination of the two, mixed with its own distinctive elements. The food
has a warming robustness that defies the winter ice and snow, most notably
in its national dish, kim chi, a spicy pickle served at every meal. Korean
meals are made up of many small, tempting dishes, flavored with soy sauce,
ginger, bean paste and toasted sesame seeds, while the centre piece may be
a steaming hotpot or thinly sliced meat, grilled at the table.