Eating is an important part of the Korean culture. It’s a time to connect with people, but etiquette is extremely important. Here are a few things that you should or shouldn’t do in Korean dining.
* You should not sit, eat, or leave the table until the oldest person you are dining with has done so first.
* Before you eat, especially at someone’s home, its polite to say that you are looking forward to the meal. You’ll find how to say “I will eat well” in Tuesday’s (July 6) Food Words and Phrases post.
* Korean meals are traditionally eaten with a set of stainless steel chopsticks and a spoon. The spoon is used for soups/stews and rice dishes. The chopsticks are used for the main dishes and the side dishes.
* When finished with your meal, make sure your spoon is clean of food and return the chopsticks and spoon to the table where they were placed before the meal.