A proper meal in many Asian traditions is rich in symbolism, preferably representing all five of the traditional colors. The Korean bibimbap is a good place to see all five colors in a single dish. These colors, and the directions and organs they stand for, are as follows:
- Black: Black or dark-colored food, like shiitake mushrooms or dried nori, are representative of the kidneys and the North.
- White: Rice and other white ingredients stand for the lungs and the West.
- Red: Red or orange food, like gochujang pepper paste or carrots, stand for the heart and the South.
- Green: Green foods, like cucumber or leafy vegetables, stand for the liver and the East.
- Yellow: Yellow items, which including potato and the yolk of the egg found in dolsot bibimbap, stand for the the stomach and the Center.
You can enjoy bibimbap at our sushi restaurant in Issaquah. Come and enjoy a taste of perfect culinary balance today!