Along with a rich heritage of delicious foods, the Korean table also has developed some approaches of how to enjoy the various dishes. Some of these are based in traditional rituals and beliefs while others are based on practical responses to Korean food itself. We want our customers to enjoy our food in whatever way suits them best but thought you might find these tidbits interesting as well!
- In many East Asian cultures, it is considered a taboo to leave chopsticks sticking out of your bowl of rice, because this is how food is offered at ancestral graves.
- Soups and stews are typically eaten with a spoon. Korean elders consider it rude when people dig around a soup/stew with chopsticks (maybe because stews are often served in a communal bowl and it suggests that an individual is digging around for their favorite morsel!)
- Meat with bones are commonly eaten with hands (so don't hesitate to pick up our LA Galbi!) Meat without bones (like our bulgogi) are eaten with chopsticks.
- Rice is almost always eaten with every hot soup. Rice can be spooned right into the soup and mixed in to be eaten together, or vice versa or separately.
- Koreans typically eat bibimbap with a spoon after mixing all the ingredients together, rather than picking out and eating the different vegetables individually with chopsticks. This way, you get all the flavors in each bite!
- Koreans also often (but not always) spoon up some rice and use their chopstick to put a piece of kimchi or other food on top and then put the whole thing in their mouth to get the mix of flavors.