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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Korean Dining Etiquette

The most important part that should be noticed when dining in Korean style especially if it is held in the formal way and/or the elders or the most important persons are coming.

How to serve korean food 
The chapters are put together according to the other in which korean food is served on a special occation.

First course :
Serve jonchaeyori (appetizer) a head of the meak.then serve dubu (tofu), namul (marinated vegetables), mitbanchan (salty side dish), kimchi (marinated cabbage) all together.

Second course : 
The main course can be served while keeping all the first course dishes on the table. Serve chigae (stew), chim (braised) or gui (grilled meat or fish) with rice and soup. Two main courses can be served together too. If you served noodles, it is not necessary to serve rice and soup.

Third course :
Almost always fresh fruit are served. During the holidays, tradional desserts are served. Serve hot tea at the end of the meal. When you do not have soup or chigae, hot tea can be served during the meal.

Korean dining etiquette tips

Greetings : shake hands among men but bow to women.

How to address :
Koreans address people according to their social status. Men are addresses as "chairman", "president" (of a company), "manager" or "sonsaengnim" which means teacher but is often used as a respectful address. The ladies are "samonim' which is the address form for a teachers's wife, but also can be used simply as a way of showing respect. When addressing young people, add the word "ssi" after their name such as "Yumi ssi".

Gifts for the host/hostess
Liquor, flowers, or or a nice fruit basket are all fine. If you know the host (or hostess) well, you can choose something related to their hobby. The host does not  open the present righy away in front of the guess who brought it. In casd we do not like the gift, we do not want to show it out of politeness.

Serving order
The elder are always served first, followed by the husband ( to save his ego) and then the wife. It appears as if everthing is geared from men but the woman actually have all the power at home.

One starts eating only when the host makes a signal. He will lead the toast saying "Deupsida" whih means "Let's have a meal". You do not need to clink the glasses together but answer with "Thank you", looking at the host and the hostess. You pour a drink for the person sitting next to you regardless of wheter it's a man or woman. It is all right to make a occational slurping noise when you eat the soup or chigae (stew). You can place the spoon on the right side of the bowl or plate during the meal. At the end of the meal, place both the spoon and the chopsticks together on the right side.

Absolutely do not blow your nose at the table.
This is considered very impolite. If it is necessary, turn your face to the side and silently wipe your nose.
 Source : Korean cuisine Yongja Kim

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