식사예절, Table Manners
Do you know about Korean table manners? Here is what I know what to do and not to do.

1. Eldest person is the first.
Normally, the eldest person in a house is father.

When preparing the bowl of rice, my mom always serve the father's bowl first.

On the table, father grab the spoon or chopsticks first to start off the meal time. Then mother and child grab spoon and start eating.

2. Spoon and chopsticks are stainless or better quality
Spoon and chopsticks are very important tool to eat food. So we usually do not use wooden chopsticks on normal table. When it goes for picnic time, we use wooden chopsticks.

3. Full of Spoon is good way to enjoy rice
When youn scoop rice out of bowl, make it spoonful of it. My mom always told me, eating well gives me the luck. =) So, I always use spoon when I do scoop the rice out of bowl. I saw many people use chopsticks to scoop the rice, it is not recommnded Korea manners.

4. Do not hold bowl when you eat.
You see all the people using spoon or chopsticks to eat rice and banchan. We do not hold bowl to eat the rice. If you do, it is no good manner on the table. You can do it if you are very hungry. But still, it is not recommended.

5. Do not blow your nose.
You may have a runny nose by spicy or banchan. If you blow your nose. That sound will ruin the others appetite. Your family will hate you.

6. Do not make big chewing sound
Sometimes, I eat meat or veggies with big smile. Also, my chewing sound is quite loud. Then my family say 'Please, eat it slowly and quietly'. They think my sound spoil their appetite.

7. Do not talk about toilet story
Not to be mentioned during meal time is 'shit', 'piss' or dirty things related words are not welcomed. You can try it when you are with Korean. Then you will see what they say.

8. Better to know how to grab chopsticks correctly
If you can hold stainless chopsticks well, others will admire you. It is very important ti enjoy Korean banchan.

9. Korean style of plating is like below
A. Bowl is in the left and soup is on the right side.
B. Spoon is on the left side of chopsticks.
C. Banchan is in the center to be shared well with others

10. Say '잘 먹었습니다 = Had a good meal' in the end of meal time.
Preparing of Korean food takes lots od time and devotion. You'd better to say 'Thank you' or 'It was really tasty meal' kind of warm greetings.

Ok, now you know how to enjoy Korean meal with good manners. What do you think of Korean style? What is your table manners like?

#식사[siksa] = Meal

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