Food that is popular in Korea include rice, noodles, porridge, soups, stews, casseroles and lots of delicious side dishes. And to swill down that yummy food, popular liquor choices include rice wine, soju, flower & fruit wine and medicinal wine.
These tips made us smile so we thought we would share. These are the main things to be remembered when sitting down for a traditional Korean meal:
- respect for elders: do not pick up your chopsticks or spoon until an older person has commenced eating. Also, do not continue to eat after an older person has finished eating. When drinking wine, turn your head away from the older person;
- eat quietly: no slurping or talking with your mouth full! Be careful not to lift your bowl when eating and if you really feel the need to have a natter, do it in low tones.
- eat hygienically: do not rummage through side dishes with your chopsticks (because they have been in your mouth!).
Ah, the joy of walking down the street and being enticed by all the delicious food being cooked by the side of the road. Depending on where you are, you could pick yourself up some candied rice cakes, a sugar filled pancake, some roasted chestnuts, skewered potato chips or even a bottled (or plastic bag) cocktail!
There are lots of food festivals that you could incorporate into a trip to Korea, here are a few to take note of:
- Gwangju Kimchi Festival: held annually in October
- Ganggyeong Fermented Jeotgal Festival: held annually in mid- October
- Busan Jagalchi Festival: held annually in mid- October
- Yangyang Songi Mushroom Festival: held annually between late September and early October
If you have been to Korea, we'd love to hear from you, so please comment below and let us know where you recommend as well as any travel tips that you are happy to share.