Saturday, July 10, 2010

Painter Lee Ufan on East Asian Cuisine

"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."


(1970)

From The Art of Encounter, Lee Ufan

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