If you enter a Korean kitchen the first thing you will notice is their unique collection of utensils. Like the cuisine, every country has a unique set of utensils that they serve and eat food with, likewise, the significance of using metal utensils in korea is very high. Unlike the Chinese, the Koreans prefer to use metal utensils rather than porcelain ones. From chopsticks to bowls, every utensil is made of metal.
Since the good old days Koreans have used metal bowls to consume food. Also, their persistent belief in serving food the right way made it difficult to move on to using different materials.
Koreans are suspicious about almost everything new. When porcelain was first introduced they realised that chemicals such as lacquer were used to make the utensils. They doubted the effects such chemicals could have on health. Also, Korean food is served hot and this could mean that there were possibilities of the food reacting with the chemicals used to make the utensils.
“Sujeo” is the Korean word for the set of eating utensils commonly used to eat Korean cuisine. Metal was used extensively since it was malleable and ductile and lasts longer. According to history, the Royal family always served food in silver or brass utensils. The locals used sujeo made of iron or wood. Later, they also used utensils made of aluminium.
Another important reason to continue using metal utensils is the durability aspect. Metal utensils are durable and long-lasting. On the other hand, porcelain had to be handled with great care with high chances of breakage.
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