Culinary Culture of Korea

Health-Promoting Trepang Foods

The Sinchang Foodstuff Factory in Pukchong County, South Hamgyong Province is producing various foods by making use of trepang (also known as sea cucumber).

Since ancient times, trepang has been called insam (ginseng) of the sea. The Korean people used it in making such dishes as sinsollo, trepang soup, broiled trepang and roasted trepang.

It contains 18 kinds of health-promoting elements, including amino acid, saponin, taurine, chondroitin sulfatic acid, calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine, zinc, selenium, vanadium and manganese, vitamin B1, B2 and other vitamins.

Some of such elements cannot be found in vegetables, and other marine products contain a negligible amount of them.

They control the nervous system of human body, relieve fatigue quickly, retard the aging, improve immunity and repress the increase of cancer cells.

The factory produces various foods, including extract, protein nutrient, bioactive water, sweet jelly, etc. In particular, trepang extract is efficacious in treating and preventing diseases by improving the absorptive function of human body.

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