Enjoy a soup or stew together with rice is one of the most fundamental features of Korean dining. There is a unique expression describing the taste of pipping hot soup, which is ‘Shi-won-ha-da’. The term literally means ‘It’s cool!’, but it describes the feeling of hot soup soothing the throat and clearing the chest. Guk and Tang (soups) can taste clear, spicy, refreshing and savory. Along with rice and Banchan (side dishes) soups are an essential component of a Korean meal.