the banchan is my favorite part
August 25, 2012 11:26 AM Subscribe
I've been enjoying eating at restaurants in LA's Koreatown that cater to a mostly Korean crowd. Please help me figure out how eat politely, or at least not rudely.
posted by insectosaurus to food & drink (10 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have one specific question:
- Banchan: Do people usually eat it alone? Mix it into food, like a condiment? Something else? Also, is it considered rude to eat it alone and/or mix it into your food?
And one general question:
- Is there anything I need to know to avoid being rude? For example, I have heard that in Japanese restaurants, you never pass food from chopsticks to chopsticks, because that's part of a funeral ritual.
I don't really care if the waiters or other people in the restaurant can tell that I'm not experienced with Korean food, or think I'm odd, but I would prefer not to do anything offensive.