The Role of the Five Elements in Nature
I place a lot of importance on balance in cooking as well as in life style.
In Chinese Medicine we use the forces of five energy fields that surround us to maintain this balance. The “Five Elements” are metal(金), wood(木), water(水), fire(火) and earth(土). The existence of each element is essential for the mutual growth of the other.
Wood makes fire stronger
Fire makes the Earth (ash)
Earth contains and bares metal
Metal improves the quality of the Water
While Water helps the Wood to grow.
Each creates and generates the other.
In cooking one can use taste and color to equally distribute the Elements.
Wood is green and the taste is sour.
Fire is red and the taste is bitter.
Earth is yellow and the taste is sweet.
Metal is white and the taste is pungent.
Water is black and the taste is salty.
Using these flavors and colors together, you will create a well balanced dish.