5 typical cases when Korean eat Bibimbap

Bibimbap is one of the Korean traditional food and still lots of Korean enjoy eating it.

The Bibimbap has been a representative Korean dish for a long time and many people eat the Bibimbap often. Today I will introduce about the Korean habit when people usually eat Bibimbap.

1. When there are nothing special to eat in a home.

->In above picture, the ingredient in the bibimbap is the remain side dishes in home.

One of the characteristics of the Korean food is that always there are side dishes which is called Banchan(반찬). Kimchi is one of the main side dishes and almost every Korean dish the Kimchi is in it. Usually, Korean make plenty of side dishes which can eat for 3-10 days that when you visit the typical Korean house even they didn’t cook on that day, there are side dishes in the refrigerator.

So if there is nothing special thing to eat in a home, usually people but diverse kinds of the side dishes which are in the refrigerator and put together in the bowl with the rice. This is also what I usually do. In my home normally seasoned beans, stir-fried anchovies(멸치볶음) and Kimchi are in the refrigerator that I mixed it with some veggies, egg, and rice. It is really easy to make the Bibimbap as the ingredients are prepared as the side dishes in a refrigerator in a home that much Korean easily and frequently make the Bibimbap at home. The taste and the ingredients of the Bibimbap are changed depends on each home’s remain side dishes.

2. When failed in diet

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Smile you’ drama from SBS broadcast.

If you watch the Korea drama, you could see the women were doing a diet but suddenly at night they got hungry that bring the stuff to eat in the refrigerator and mix in a big bowl. “Eating the big amount of the bibimbap at night in a home” is the typical symbol of the scene that means the person failed in a diet which you can easily see in Korea drama.

The below picture is the Google search picture when I just typed “Bibimbab Drama(=비빔밥 드라마)” in Korean.

You could see in a quite lot of pictures, the women are eating the bibimbap in a big bowl.

3. Korean women who are the stress eater

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Marry Me, Mary!’ drama from KBS broadcast.

This also appears in Korea drama a lot. when the women got a lot of stress because of heartbreak, in a relationship or got angry…etc, many of them make the bibimbap in the home and eat.
I assume the main reasons why they eat bibimbap when got stress is first it is easy to make. When the person got stressed normally they don’t want to cook food and want to find the easy way to eat. Second, during mixing the rice with other ingredients, the people could take out stress. Korean express this action as mixing everything like a fight, hate, sad thing with mixing the bibimbap and this help for making feel better.

4. Eating together with a large family

->One of the scene from Korea ‘Goddess of Marriage’ drama from SBS broadcast.

Now days there are only few people who eat together the bibimbap in one bowl as the above picture, but until 70s or 80s eating the bibimbap with whole family was quite common. This is also scean could easily see in Korea dreama.

The below pictures are from Korea drama ‘Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon’ from JTVC broadcast.

Even the Bibimbap sceans were appeared twice in drama.

5. After the ancestor worship ceremonies

->The above picture is the prepared food for ancenstral rites table.

In Korea still, many families do the ancestor worship ceremonies in a special day such as the ancestor birthday or in special Korea holiday ‘Seollal(설날)’ and in ‘Chuseok(추석)’.

One of the characteristics of the ancestor worship ceremonies in Korea is in making so many foods! As you can check in below picture, the foods are cooked for the ancestor and are placed on the table. After the ceremonies are all finished, the family needs to eat all the food which they made for the ceremonies. Usually, the most remain food is the diverse kinds of seasoned vegetables and the best way to eat those foods are the bibimbap as we can just put the remain ceremonies food and mix it. That’s why much Korean eat bibimbap a lot after the ancestor worship ceremonies.

There is no limit for the Bibimbap ingredient that Bibimbap’ingredients can be changed depends on the area and the weather. Normally the foods in season and the local foods are usually used for the Bibimbap ingredients and the Korea bibimbap is different from the region.

There is no rule or limit in making the Bibimbap. You could make your own bibimbap with the ingredient you like or the leftover food.

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4 unusual things about Korean culture

Each country has a different culture and the people habits are also different. Some of the Korea life cultures might be surprised to you. Today I will introduce 5 Korean common habits which I’ve heard it is wired from foreigners.

1. Leave the laptop on the table and go washroom

If you are in Korea, you might see many people leave the laptop when they go the washroom. I was in a coffee shop in Korea with US friend and she asked me “why people leave the laptop on the table? Aren’t people stole the laptop if it is on the table in public place?”
Before I’ve didn’t think seriously about my laptop could be stolen if I leave in public place. I think it is one of the cultures in Asia. Many people in Japan also leave their laptop on a table in a coffee shop and go the washroom. I saw some person leave a laptop on a cafe table, came back in 1 hour and it was still there.

2. Put Smart Phone or purse on table to save a seat


If you visit the restaurant and cafe you could see some people put the smartphone on a table to save a seat. I could see fewer people do than 3-5 years before, but still, there are few people who do put the smartphone on the table and leave there in few minutes. You could see in Japan too.

That doesn’t mean theft doesn’t exist in Korea. But the pickpockets and thieves are not high in Korea that people don’t worry for their stuff to be stolen.

2. Go toilet with friends

When I was in elementary school from fist grade to third grade, I could see many of the girl students went to the washroom together and even some of them went inside the toilet together.
This is because I assume young girl students thought going toilet together is one of the proof they could show to others as “WE ARE CLOSE FRIEND”.

When the students go to the upper grades in elementary school, fewer students go inside the toilet together, but many of them got the washroom together. I think it is one of the Korea friendship cultures.

3. Cross arm with the same sex

When you walk on the street in Korea you could easily see the girls and women walking with arms linked around the elbows, touching skin-on-skin. Or sometimes you could see the girls are holding hands with they are walking. I’ve heard there are other Asian countries where also has this similar culture. In Korea, cross arm with a friend is not mean the homosexual relationship. It is just the one of the expression that they are close.

4. Go clinic often

Much Korean go clinic(small private hospital) even with the little cold. Definitely, Korean go clinic goes often than American. But it does not mean Korean got cold more often than American.
Korea medical fee is much cheaper than the US. When people go clinic for cold in Korea it cost about $4 for a check-up and cost about $5 for the medicine. This is because every Korea citizen is registered in Korea national health insurance and much of them additionally registered in private health insurance. Accordingly, it does not cost a lot for going a clinic, especially with the light cold.

Thanks for reading:)

If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Lightning meeting in Han river

Lightning meeting is the Korean slang which usually used on internet sites to spontaneously meet offline for drinking and partying, and also used for the emergency meeting that meeting was made suddenly on that day.

I did the Han river lightning meeting(called Han-Kang Bunge meeting/한강번개 in Korean) with my coworkers. In fact, we didn’t plan to go Han river but, the weather was so good and we spontaneously decided to go Han river after the work finish. First we bought chicken and bear(치맥 called Chi-maek) which Korean usually eat for the late-night snack. There was nothing prepared for the picnic, so we just brought newspaper instead of the mat and the food.

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This is the “Octopus chicken”, which fried octopus and fried chicken are mixed. The combination of the chewy octopus and the crispy fired taste was fantastic. 🙂

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Also the night view in Han river was great! I could see the Han river bridge of light and the N Seoul Tower. Seoul is getting hotter, but the night is still cool that I recommend to go Han river at night.:) I had a really had a good time with my coworkers and planning to go once again before the summer comes.

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Fish bread(Bungeoppang) Character Analysis-from how you eat

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Fish bread, which is called ‘Bungeoppang’ in Korean, is popular Korean street snack. It is shaped as the fish with the sweet red bean filled in. In winter, it is easy to see the truck that sells the fish bread in the street. The taste is soft, sweet and fluffy and a little crispy.

In Korea, we have a physical test with the fish bread for fun! Test your personality with which part you eat first.

Screen Shot 2015-05-12 at 6.17.39 AMEats head first: An easy-going optimist, unconcerned with trivial things. Says whatever comes to mind, is passionate, but the passion can dwindle easily.

Eats tail first: Cautious. A romanticist concerned with the smallest things; is slow in catching onto other’s feelings.
Eats stomach first: Masculine, active, bright, and outgoing.
Eats fins first: Temperamental and childish. A loner.
Cuts it in half and eats the tail first: Polite, good at saving money, and a rationalist.
Cuts it in half and eats the head first: Strong willed who goes through with a plan once it is decided. Stingy, and does not like to lend money.

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Singapore River VS Korea Han River

I visited Singapore last week and could look around many places.:) I saw the Singapore River flows the central Area as the Han River in Korea runs through the center of Seoul, and got an idea to compare both rivers. Today I will compare two rivers and especially will introduce more about the Korea Han river.

Common

1. River cruise

Singapore river and Han river both have river cruise.

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This is the Singapore river’s cruise.

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This is the Han river cruise.

But when you are taking the cruise in Han river, there are one thing you should be careful. The water flows from the bridge at night that when the boat passes under the bridge, go inside the ship. Before when I took the cruise in Hans river at night, I saw some guys were standing in the rail of a ship and got wet from the bridge fountain which you can see in below.

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2. Many people are around the river at night

It would be a bad ideas to walk around the dangerous cities at night. However both Singapore and Seoul are all safe that many people are exercising or sitting around the river at night.

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This is the view of the Han river at night. You could see many people are around the river.

3. Many people exercise around the river

I could see many people are exercising around the river both Singapore river and Han river. I think the most reason of this is both cities are all high in the population density. Singapore and Seoul are all within top 10 of the density that many people are living in cities.

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Difference

I will specially introduce about the Korea characteristic.

 1. Wearing Suncap and mask when exercising

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If you walk the Han river, you could find some people are exercising with wearing the suncap. Also what you can see in the woman’s arm is cooling arm sleeves which is called cool tosh(쿨토시) in Korean. This is for protecting your arm from the sunshine and to feel more cool in hot summer.

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This is the typical suncap which many middle aged Korean women wear. Suncap is to protect from sunshine.

 

 

 

2. Restaurant around the river

I could see many restaurants around the Singapore river. Some of them were right aside the river.

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This is the picture which I took in Singapore and you could see the restaurants in the right side of the river. Meanwhile, in Hans river most restaurants are little way off from the river. Instead the convenience store and the park are right aside the river. If people want to eat food around the Han river, they order the delivery food. Korea has the delivery culture that you can order almost all food like chicken, Jajangmyeon(black-bean-sauce noodles), pig’s feet…etc any food you want.

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What you can see in the picture is the Korean pig’s feet food which people got from the food delivered. If you order food around the Han river, the food is delivered within 20-30 minutes.

3. Weather

Singapore is always warm but Korea has 4 seasons that the river froze in winter and normally it snows from December to February.

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This is the winter view of the Han river.

4. Camping around the Han river.

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In summer many people do camping around the Han river. There are four major camping spot in the Han river and Seoul city lend the camping equipment in cheap price. Some of the camping place provides swimming pool and baseball diamonds that you could also do other activities.:)

Thanks for reading.:)

Commute between Seoul and suburb-daily life

Seoul is the capital of the South Korea, but many people also live in suburb cities where are around the Seoul. However, Seoul is the main city of the Korea economy that most of the companies and universities are located in Seoul. Accordingly, many people who live in suburb commute to Seoul, and I also live in suburb that I commute to Seoul everyday. Today I will introduce my daily commute.

I can go my office for two ways; bus and subway. Mostly, when I go to the office I take the bus and when I come back home I take the subway.

1. Going Seoul with bus

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This picture is the line for the bus which goes to Seoul. It was 8:30am on morning, and I was waiting for going office. There were so many people that after I passed 5 buses, finally could took the bus.

 

 

 

 

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However, already the bus was full of people and I had to stand up on the bus. This picture is the inside of the morning bus.

 

 

 

 

 

Even the bus is full of people on morning, me and many other people prefer to take bus instead of the self car. The most important reason is in the bus-only lane system.

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This is the picture which I took in front of the bus. On weekdays there is the bus-only lane from 7am to 9pm. Even the road is full of cars, the line for the bus is fine and could arrive in Seoul more faster than driving a car.

 

 

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If the traffic is not heavy, normally 30 minutes takes to go Seoul from my home. Finally I’m on the bridge which is in the way for going Seoul. I was crossing the Han river.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Go home with subway

Usually I go home with subway. On morning the bus is more faster but on evening it took more time. There is the bus-only lane in the highway that it is fast, but in inside the city the traffic is heavier than on morning.

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This is the picture of inside the subway in the rush hour. Many people also take the subway to go home.

 

 

 

 

 

Taking the crowded public transportation in everyday makes me tired, but there is one advantage! It is good at consume the calories.:) I have to stand up total 2hours on a day and also have to walk that it makes me to exercise naturally. In the news report it says If you take the public transportation, you consume the calories twice more than driving the car. For one hour’s commute, using the public transportation can burn 211 calories, but driving the car burns 105 calories.

Thanks for reading.:)

Korean blood type superstitions

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In Korea, the often question people often asked is “What’s your blood type?”. Many Korean believe the blood type affect to the individual personalities. Of course, none of these are scientifically proven, but people believe blood type descriptions fit quite well. Normally I don’t believe the superstition and unscientific things, but some of my friends guess the people’s blood type well that partially I do believe the blood type superstitions.:)

The theory that blood type is linked to personality is popular mainly in Japan, though it has carried over to Taiwan and South Korea. It was started by the Germans in 1901 who, after the discovery that certain races are more likely to be predominantly of certain blood types. Later It was revived again in 1971 by Masahiko Nomi’s book Understanding Affinity Through Blood Type.

Following are the personality traits ascribed to the basic blood types: A, B, AB and O.

BLOOD TYPE A 

People with type A blood are known to be more conservative and introverted than the others, often finding difficulty in expressing emotions or trusting others. They’re extremely patient, considerate, and reserved, but also highly creative and perfectionists, often giving people the impression as being stubborn, tense, and uptight.

Men with type A blood are said to be the friendly natured ones with good personalities. They’re very punctual, always expecting the best results in everything they do, but are also very sensitive and willing to give up everything they have for those they love. Due to their sensitive natures, they’re very fragile-hearted and often get hurt easily.

The women, however, tend to be very greedy and have a hard time finding satisfaction easily. They’re strong prides often lead them to act emotionless. However, they’re very loyal and caring, which often results to extreme jealousy or emotional damage upon feeling betrayed. They prefer living according to schedule, are intimidated by spontaneity, and feel distress in sudden environmental changes.

BLOOD TYPE B 

People with type B blood are said to be the passionate, wild, and creative ones of the four. They’re independent, but also very passionate about the people and things they love. They tend to think outside the box and live very liberal lifestyles rather than limiting themselves to one environment. However, they can also get impatient and give up easily, often coming off as being lazy, self-centered, shallow, and irresponsible.

Men with type B blood have a negative reputation for their strong prides and self-centered personalities. They hate those who underestimate their abilities or fail to give them the attention they want. However, they’re very smart and popular due to their sense of humor, fall in love easily but lose interest just as fast, and tend to act before they think. They’re good liars, and often get annoyed when asked to do something.

The women, not much different from the men, hate being controlled by rules and tend to speak their minds, regardless of what the other person might feel, but can also get affected by their own emotions easily, resulting in constant mood swings. They tend to get bored and lose interest quickly, making spontaneity a vital factor in their everyday lives—this also makes it difficult to maintain long-term relationships. They hate attachment or being confined to one area, and while they’re not the easiest to anger, they can get extremely stoic and have difficulty finding peace.

BLOOD TYPE O

People with type O blood are outgoing, energetic, optimistic, and known to be natural leaders. They like speaking their minds while maintaining a friendly attitude, and possess high self-confidence which leads them to be highly ambitious and obsessed with success. They convince themselves that they’re winners and hate losing. They also tend to be dramatic, arrogant, insensitive, and ruthless, but are known to have the best personalities out of the four blood types. They often tend to tire themselves out due to their need to take care of everyone around them.

Men with blood type O are extremely sensitive, emotional, and tend to trust easily. They’re very aware and critical of their surroundings and enjoy participating in group activities, which emphasizes the active and leadership skills they posses. They often hide their feelings and find it difficult to express them due to fear of rejection.

The women, however, are very active and nice, but also extremely bold and unexpected. They lose control of their stress easily and end up getting hurt or experience loneliness more often than others. However, they’re extremely caring and patient and usually treat others’ problems as if they were their own. They might look strong on the outside, but they’re very weak and fragile and prefer being in a small group rather than big ones.

BLOOD TYPE AB 

People with blood type AB are known to be either the genius or the psycho ones of the group. While they might look active on the outside, they can be very sensitive and shy, but also extremely loud and strong. They’re rational thinkers with strong concentration skills and are more controlled by their heads rather than their hearts. They can also be shy and aloof, indecisive, and sometimes distance themselves from others, leading some people to think of them as two-faced, untrustworthy, and unpredictable.

Men with type AB blood can often come across as cold and distant on first meetings. However, they’re more caring than most people and are always the first ones to forgive. They give up on things easily, often jumping around from one activity to the next, and adjust to new environments extremely quickly. Because they’re extremely shy people, they tend to hide their feelings and often come across as emotionally detached. People usually don’t associate them with trustworthy characteristics at first, but find that they’re very honest and romantic with those they’re most comfortable with.

Women with type AB blood are often two-faced—they’re very curious about other peoples’ businesses, but hate disclosing any of their own and usually like being left alone. They can be extremely caring and considerate at times, but also very selfish, impatient, and suspicious of other people. They’re more free and unaffected by their surroundings than reserved, and while they might not look like it, they’re extremely vulnerable to their feelings.

Thanks for reading.:)

 

 

Pali pali culture- best known hot tempered Korean’s action

There is Pali-Pali culture in Korea, which means “Hurry up!” or “Faster!”. It is one of the Korean’s way of life. You can easily see people are running or walking fast that they won’t miss the buss or train. However, some Korean’s hot temper is excessive that this character easily appears in their daily life.

Today I will introduce the best known quick tempered Korean’s action.

1. Put hand inside the coffee vending machine before the coffee in done.

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2. Busy for finding the short line in Mart, ATM machine and fast food restaurant.

( “That line will be better than this line”. 3 seconds later “No! one next to that line will be better”…3 seconds later “No, no, no. let’s move to the other line….”)

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3. Can’t wait 3 minutes after pour the water in the cup noodle.

(They think ‘I’m hungry right now. How could I wait 3 minutes?” and just start eating.)

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In the above picture, it is written “Quick tempered Korean”.

4. Remember not only all the transfer station name but also the most fast moving route and the number in the floor.

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In Korea subway, there are numbers in every subway gate’s floor. Many Korean remember the gate number where is the fast spot for the exit or the most close gate in the way of the subway transfer.

5. Start packing the bag before the school bell ring.

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When I was in high school, especially when the school bell ring just before the lunch time, many boy students start running in a full speed to eat lunch. Students ate lunch in the school restaurant building which is different from the classroom. Restaurant was not that big that someone who arrive late, they have to wait in the long line.

6. Melt the candy in the mouth only the very first time and then chew the candy totally.

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8. Constantly flipping the meat over and over again for checking if the meat is done.

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9. When the other person’s line is busy, keep calling more than 3 times without waiting.

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10. Turn off the music only after the first verse of the song is finished in the Karaoke room.

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This action is for quickly starting the next music. However, there are people who want to sing until the two verses that this is not a good manner. Need to ask first before pressing the next button, but sometimes hot tempered person press it right away.

There is an evaluation checking whether you are hot temper or not. 🙂

1. Do you feel you have to finish the work in a hurry?

No (0)

Sometimes (2)

Frequently (5)

2. Do you have a tendency to walk fast?

Yes(0)

No(5)

3. Do you have a tendency to speak fast?

Yes(0)

No(5)

4. When there is a heavy traffic, do you feel nervous or get mad to other driver?

No(0)

Sometimes(2)

Frequently(10)

5. Is it hard to sit still with daydreaming or thinking of the past?

No(0)

Sometimes(2)

Frequently(10)

6. Have you ever heard “Don’t rush”, “Take your time” from your partner or friend?

No(0)

Sometimes(2)

Frequently(10)

7. Are you getting impatient when waiting in line?

No(0)

Sometimes(5)

Frequently(10)

8. Do you cut people off when they are talking?

Never(0)

Sometimes(5)

Frequently(10)

 

Total score

0-1: Excellent

2-10: Sometimes impatient

11-30: Middle, often impatient, need to relax

31-70: High, chronic impatient, need a treatment(bad to health)

Thanks for reading.:)

Korean restaurants culture-7 things you should know

Today I will introduce the common Korean restaurant culture which could be not common in other countries.

1. Bell

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Many Korean restaurants have bell on the table. This bell is for calling the waiter as pressing the button in airplane for calling the stewardess. When you press the bell, your table number is shown in the screen which is in the wall and also sounds ‘ding-dong’. In some restaurant, if you press the button, the table number is appeared in the waiter’s clock as you can see in the above picture.

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If there is the bell in the Korean restaurant, press it when you want to call the waiter. The bell is good for calling the waiter quickly.:) However, if there is no bell, call the waiters as “Ju-gi-yo” which means Hey! Then waiters will come to you. There are many different Korean word to call the waiters, but this could be used for everyone regardless of gender or age of the waiters that I recommend to use this word.

2. Pay your bills in the counter

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Except the expensive western restaurants, you should pay the restaurant bill from the counter in most of the Korean restaurant. You don’t have to wait waiter to pay the bill. Just bring the bill which is on the table or if there is no bill, just go to the counter after finished eating, and then pay money in the counter. Base on my experience, comparing paying the restaurant bill to the waiter in other countries, paying bill in counter is more faster. In my opinion, one of the reason why customers pay bill in the counter is in Korean culture which Korean like to do many things quickly. I’m sure many Korean customers didn’t like to wait until the waiters come to their table for paying bill. Also in Korea there is no tip culture that just pay the food price.

3.  Self services and free side dishes

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In Korea if you want to eat more side dishes like Kimchi, veggie…etc, those are free.:) However, in some restaurants,  if you want to eat more, you have to take it by yourself. Also there is some places where the water is also self service. If you want to drink water you have to bring it by yourself from the water purifier.

4. Sitting on the floor

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Traditionally Korean sit on the floor and have the underfloor heating system  which is called the Ondol. Accordingly, some of the Korean restaurants have the sit on the floor style. So if you visit this kind of the Korean restaurant, first take off your shoes, and sit down on the floor. The floor is warm that it is good in winter, but sitting on the floor can be uncomfortable.

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Korean sit on the floor in cross-legged. But at the first time, this position can be uncomfortable to you. In fact, even I lived in whole my life in Korea, this cross-legged position is still uncomfortable and if I sit more than 20 minutes I get pins and needles in my legs.

 

5. Toilet roll is in restaurant

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You will feel the culture shock at the first time, when found the toilet roll in the Korean restaurant’s table. Some of the restaurant put the toilet roll itself on the table, or other uses the case of the toilet roll as you can see in below picture.

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I don’t know why…but in some Korean restaurant use the toilet roll, and people wipe their mouth with loo roll. However, me and many Korean also feel uncomfortable when we see the toilet roll on the restaurant.

 

 

 

6. Can wear the Apron

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In some of the restaurant, the apron for customers are prepared and if you ask for it, they give you. It is preventing for getting food on the clothes. Many Korean food are boiling soup in the table which is in front of the customers that some of the soup can be easily splash to the clothes. So Korean restaurant especially serve the soup commonly uses the apron for customers. If you think the soup can splash to your clothes during boiling, ask to the waiter to give the apron. Then they will provide it to you.:)

7. Instant coffee machine

Screen Shot 2015-03-08 at 10.23.10 PMIn many Korean restaurants, there is instant coffee machine which is for the customers service. 🙂 It is free that, after you finished the meal you can take it.:) This is the self-services that you have to bring it by yourself. The taste is sweet and have the same taste as the Korea instant mix coffee.

Thanks for reading.:)

 

 

Are Scissors commonly used in Korea restaurant?

The answer is YES. In Korea Kitchen scissors are commonly used not only in restaurants but also in home.

I remember my American friend was surprised when he saw people are cutting the noodles with scissors in Korea restaurant. However, in many type of the Korean restaurants use the scissors. Today I will introduce which type of the Korean food is commonly used the scissors.

1. Korean Barbecue

At first, grill the whole meat and then when it is cooked cut the meat with scissors as you can see in below.

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The scissors are more easy to cut the meat rather than the knife that almost all of the Korean barbecue restaurants use the scissors for cutting the meat. Also, in some of the restaurant waiter cuts the meat, but mostly the customers should bake and cut the meat by themselves.

2. Naengmyeon(Korean cold noodles)

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Normally Korean cold noodles are durable that it is quite hard to cut the noodles only with your teeth. Accordingly, normally people cut the noodles with the scissors first for the cross shape as you can see in the above picture. If you can’t see the scissors in  Naengmyeon house, ask to the waiter. Then he will bring it for you.

 

3. Seollengtang(soup of bone and stew meat) and Kalguksu(Knife-cut noodles)

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Seollengtang is a Korean soup made from ox bones, brisket and other cuts and Kalguksu is the handmade Korean noodle dish which knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl and other ingredients. Both of the dishes also serve the kimchi and the radish kimchi as the side dishes as you can see in the below picture.

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Then you have to take these out to the plate with chopsticks or with tongs by yourself as much as you will eat, and then cut it with scissors to small pieces.

3. Spicy Seafood Stew

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Seafood in stew is slippery and little tough that it should be cut in to pieces before eating it. At first, seafood stew which need to be boiled came out with scissors and tongs in table. Then the seafood stew is boiled in the customers’ table and the customers cut the seafood by themselves.

4. Korean Pork Cutlet

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Pork cutlet is served with fork and knifes in many pork cutlet restaurants, but some of them give the scissors instead of knives for cutting the food. I assume this is because for some Korean cutting with scissors are easier than the knives.

5. Korean street food

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Spicy rice cake(called Tteokbokki) and fried snacks(called Twigim); sweet potatoes, shimp, dumplings, squid, vegetables etc are one of the common Korean street food. As you can see in the above picture, when people cook the food, they frequently use scissors when cutting the food like fries, fish cake, eggs to put those in the Tteokbokki soup.

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Those 5 examples are just the part of the Korean foods which use the scissors. There are more list of the Korean food which commonly use the scissors. Then you will be curious why Korean use the scissors frequently.

In my opinion, there are main 2 reasons why Korean frequently uses the scissors for cutting food.

1. Korea Hurry-hurry culture

Korea has Hurry-hurry culture(called “Pali-Pali” in Korean) and many Korean has a habit of handling matters quickly and prematurely. For example, normally many Korean eat meal within 20 minutes, drink alcohol quickly and drunk fast, typical Korean restaurants serve the food fast. So I assume Korean also prefer the tools which can cut the food fast, easily and the scissors fit well in Korean characteristic.

2. Cooked by customers 

In many Korean food restaurants, customers have to cook by themselves for some part of the process of cooking. For example, grill the beef in Korean Barbecue, bowl the sausage stew and bowl the Bulgogi hot pot in the customer table. Accordingly, the tools, which the customers could easily cut and not dangerous, should be prepared and the scissors was the proper tool in these requirement. I think the knife will be little more dangerous for using compare to the scissors.

3. Many side dishes

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Korean food has many side dishes in one meal compared to other countries dishes. In typical Korean food restaurants have 11~25 side dishes that the possibility of having food which is hard to cut in one meal is high. Accordingly, the scissors are getting common for the use of cutting food.

Thanks for reading.:)