Saturday, October 13, 2012

Sharing food culture

Korea is the type of culture that shares everything, so it shouldn't come as a surprise to sit down at a table with one plate in the middle and just dig it.

At first, it's unusual to a lot of people because some people don't like "other people's germs" or they want the food to themselves.

It's something to be embrased though. I personally really like it because it creates a weird bond with you and the person you're eating with.

Also, you can try more foods. If theres two things at a restaurant you want, you order both and share them both. 

Another reason I like it is because I am a relatively small eater.  When I first came to Korea, the Koreans all asumed that I hated Korean food because I didn't eat much of it, when the truth of the matter is that even back home I eat very little. So, when we all eat out of the same pot, there's not a big plate of leftovers for me to worry about.  I think some koreans can feel insulted if I don't eat much of their food so it takes some pressure off of me. 

Of course, this makes paying a bit different. Technically in more formal dinners, the eldest pays. Though when I go out to eat with my friends, we split the bill. Though, you never ask the restaurant to split the bill! This is unheard of practically. You instead gather all the money beforehand and pay it together. 

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