Culture - Korean

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Every country has its distinct eating habits, but there are some unique etiquettes that are part and parcel of the Korean culture. For instance, while the use of a metal knife and fork is common amongst Aussies and use of chopsticks made of wood or plastic is quite common in Asian countries, Korea uses chopsticks that are made out of metal and it is native and unique only to Korea.

Here is an easy guide to Korean eating habits that an Aussie should know about:

1. I will eat well

When invited to a Korean get together it is polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal and people say "Jalmukesumneda" which means “I will eat well” in Korean.

2. Elders First

Always wait for the elders to start first and try maintaining the same eating pace as everyone else at the table, especially with the elders.

3.Pouring Drinks

When drinking together, make sure you pour drinks for others first. It is considered impolite to refuse alcoholic beverages offered to you at a Korean gathering and more so when it is offered to you by an elder. alcoholic beverage -  guide to Korean eating habits

Image: Craige Moore used under the Creative Commons Licence

4. Never stick chopsticks upright!

Never stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl as it resembles the traditional Korean ancestor ceremonies and is considered offensive. Also, make sure you replace all the utensils back on the table once you are done eating.

5. Spice is nice

Korean food is seldom tasteless, it is usually very spicy. Koreans use a lot of red pepper paste, soy sauce, soybean paste, ginger, garlic, and green onions as seasonings amongst an array of other ingredients to add flavour to their dishes. korean ingredients - Quick and Easy Guide to Korean Eating Habits

Image: Michael Sean Gallagher used under the Creative Commons Licence

6. Pungency is the Key

Korean food is usually served with something that is slightly bland in taste like rice to soothe and cool off the heavy pungency of the spices that are added to dishes for that extra flavour.

7. For good health

Koreans are thin people in general and the Korean way of preparing food is extremely healthy which aids their good health. Now you know why Koreans are so skinny.

8. Pickles and salads

Korean meals include many large dishes and side dishes, sometimes as many as 20 side dishes. Unlike a lot of other Asian cuisines, Korean cuisine encompasses many raw vegetables in the form of pickles and salads.

Quick and Easy Guide to Korean Eating Habits

Image: Michael Sean Gallagher used under the Creative Commons Licence

While this might seem like a whole dictionary of Dos and Don'ts at the table, this is just a relatively small aspect of Korea's rich culture, but an essential for gaining the approval of your Korean guests.

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Quick and Easy Guide to Korean Eating Habits

Every country has its distinct eating habits, but there are some unique etiquettes that are part and parcel of the Korean culture. For instance, while the use of a metal knife and fork is common amongst Aussies and use of chopsticks made of wood or plastic is quite common in Asian countries, Korea uses chopsticks that are made out of metal and it is native and unique only to Korea.

Here is an easy guide to Korean eating habits that an Aussie should know about:

1. I will eat well

When invited to a Korean get together it is polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal and people say “Jalmukesumneda” which means “I will eat well” in Korean.

2. Elders First

Always wait for the elders to start first and try maintaining the same eating pace as everyone else at the table, especially with the elders.

3.Pouring Drinks

When drinking together, make sure you pour drinks for others first. It is considered impolite to refuse alcoholic beverages offered to you at a Korean gathering and more so when it is offered to you by an elder.
alcoholic beverage -  guide to Korean eating habits

Image: Craige Moore used under the Creative Commons Licence

4. Never stick chopsticks upright!

Never stick your chopsticks upright in your bowl as it resembles the traditional Korean ancestor ceremonies and is considered offensive. Also, make sure you replace all the utensils back on the table once you are done eating.

5. Spice is nice

Korean food is seldom tasteless, it is usually very spicy. Koreans use a lot of red pepper paste, soy sauce, soybean paste, ginger, garlic, and green onions as seasonings amongst an array of other ingredients to add flavour to their dishes.

korean ingredients - Quick and Easy Guide to Korean Eating Habits

Image: Michael Sean Gallagher used under the Creative Commons Licence

6. Pungency is the Key

Korean food is usually served with something that is slightly bland in taste like rice to soothe and cool off the heavy pungency of the spices that are added to dishes for that extra flavour.

7. For good health

Koreans are thin people in general and the Korean way of preparing food is extremely healthy which aids their good health. Now you know why Koreans are so skinny.

8. Pickles and salads

Korean meals include many large dishes and side dishes, sometimes as many as 20 side dishes. Unlike a lot of other Asian cuisines, Korean cuisine encompasses many raw vegetables in the form of pickles and salads.

Quick and Easy Guide to Korean Eating Habits

Image: Michael Sean Gallagher used under the Creative Commons Licence

While this might seem like a whole dictionary of Dos and Don’ts at the table, this is just a relatively small aspect of Korea’s rich culture, but an essential for gaining the approval of your Korean guests.

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