Seaweed samples are given out at the Korean Food Fair in Times Square on Oct. 19. (Deborah Yun/Epoch Times)
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NEW YORK—Korean food and culture is based on health. And finding ways to incorporate foods such as seaweed into dishes—including ice cream, noodles, and other snacks—is a never-ending pursuit.
Seaweed is an extraordinary source of nutrients that includes protein, iodine, and vitamins. It has three times the amount of calcium than milk, according to the Korean Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation.
“I think the health benefits and varieties of Korean food is not very well known,” said Kim Jae Soo, president of the Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation. The Korean Food Fair, held in Times Square on Oct. 19–20, was organized by the corporation.
Several Korean food companies such as Korea Ginseng Corp, Fromwell, and Chongga gave New Yorkers a taste of healthy Korean delicacies on Saturday, from ginseng to red pepper paste and kimchee.
To round out the Korean cultural experience, graceful dancers adorned in traditional Korean hanbok performed; Taekwondo martial artists showcased their skills; and marching bands, and Korean pop performers entertained.