"The cuisine of the three main countries of East Asia can be represented by the following formulas:
Japan A + b = A'
Korea A + B = A'B'
China A + B = C
In Japan, flavoring is added to plain ingredients to elevate them to a higher dimension.
In Korea, certain ingredients are mixed with others and with flavorings so that they interpenetrate to some extent.
In China, ingredients and flavorings are mixed in a way that produces a change, something completely different.
These tendencies can be seen as characteristic of the entire culture of these countries as well as their cuisine."
From The Art of Encounter, Lee Ufan