How to buy a subway ticket and how to take subway in Korea(with Pictures)

Recently I forgot to bring my credit card from home to go to work that I had to buy the subway ticket for taking a subway. Fyi, most of the credit card in Korea has the IC chip inside that it is possible to pay the transportation fee just placing the credit card in the machine.

So on that day, I had an idea for taking all the pictures while I’m using the subway ticket and posting about how to buy a subway ticket in Korea. I will start introducing!

Taking the subway in Seoul is a best way to travel in Seoul. As you can see a lot of subway stations in Seoul in below map, you can go almost everywhere just with the subway.

If you want to see the full size of Seoul subway map go to the below link.
http://seoulsublet.com/subway-metro-map/

Step 1

First, you have to go to the subway vending machine and prepare the cash. The basic fare is 1,350KRW(about 1 dollar) and the there is an addtional fee depend on the distance; 100KRW(about 1 cent) for each 6.2mile(=10Km).
Press the English language button than you can see every info. in English.

Press the most left part of the button in picture as it is the ‘Choosing travel destination(목적지 선택)’. Then the in the screen it appears the amount of cash I have to put.

Put the cash in the ‘insert bills here’ part in the above picture which is in the left side. Then you can have the change with the subway card.

Don’t forget to return the subway card in later when you arrive the destination. If you return, you can get back the subway card deposit. The amount is 500KRW(about 0.5 dollar). Now it is done for the buying ticket.:)

Place the subway card in the entrance then you can go inside. Now take the subway to the destination. All the Seoul subway line do the English services that you don’t have to worry about missing the station. Check the subway map and listen the women’s English voice in subway, you can’t miss it!

Now I arrive in destination. But when I place the subway card in the machine it says ‘my subway card balance is lack’ that I had to go to the ‘Deposit Refund Machine’. I think maybe I pressed the wrong subway destination when I buy the subway ticket.


There is a ‘Fare Adjustment and card reload machine’ when you go upstairs after you leave the subway.


First put my card in number 1 part where is red in above picture. Then the lack amount appear in the screen. I put the cash inside the machine then the subway card is charged.


Place the charged card in the subway entrance. Now the last step is left.


You have to go to the ‘Deposit Refund Machine’.


Insert the used subway card where the arrow is in above picture.


When you return the cared, you will receive 500KRW(about 0.5 dollar) with a coin.

Thanks for reading.:) If you have any questions, please leave a comment.

Is there Kimchi Refregirator in each Korea home?

The answer is YES. Kimchi is traditional Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings and eats Kimchi all the year. Until the mid-1990’s when the Gimjang(김장: making Kimchi) is done, each Korean home put the Kimchi in a crock pot and buried underground as the picture you can see in below.

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Korean take out the Kimchi little by little when want to eat.

Now, most of the Korean live in an apartment without a garden, people put Kimchi in the refrigerator. However, the Kimchi in regular refrigerator easily got too sour that people had to make Kimchi often. This is because usually, people open the refrigerator often as there are various food and beverage in there and then the refrigerator’s temperature changes. Is is not a good condition for Kimchi.

Meanwhile, Kimchi refrigerator is just for keeping Kimchi fresh and 85% of all Korea households have Kimchi refrigerator. The good thing is Korean already have the normal refrigerator that can prevent opening the Kimchi refrigerator often. It was first created in 1992, there was only the cover type’s Kimchi refrigerator.

Currently, Kimchi refrigerator has two types of its design.

1. Cover Type


This was the first type of Kimch. Currently, people does not use the cover type a lot, and most of people buy Stand type or Stand combination type.

2. Stand Type

The adventage of the stand type is it is easy to take out the Kimchi from the refregerator comparing the cover type.

3. Stand Combination Type


This is the type for putting both normal eating food and the Kimchi in one refrigerator.You might have a question of “what is a difference of the stand combination type and the stand type?”. In fact, Kimchi’s appropriate temperature is a little different with the normal food. Also, Kimchi needs time to be matured after the Kimchi is first made and putten in Kimchi refrigerator. When the Kimchi is in mature, the refrigerator temperature will be higher than for the normal food that if we put together the other food will go bad. Accordingly, the Kimchi and other food need to be in different part in the refrigerator.

After the Kimchi is matured, the Kimchi is kept in cooler temperature comparing the normal refrigerator and normally we don’t open the door often that many people put the veggies and fruit to Kimchi refrigerator to keep it fresh. My mom also do when has to keep the veggies and fruit for 5-8 days more in a home. When I eat the fruit, I can feel the fruit kept in Kimchi refrigerator is more fresh.

Thanks for reading.:)

Why Korean put cash into the pig mouth?

Last winter, I went to a Han River, riding a bicycle and saw the new opened water skiing shop. The first thing I saw in the shop was a pork head with cash in its mouth.

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In Korea, many people do the ritual blessing ceremony called Gosa when they are launching its own business, starting a business-related project and moving a new house. It contains many of the typical shamanist features, such as various food and alcohol offerings, burning incense, bowing, and especially the central place of a pig’s head offering. You can see the Korea opening ritual ceremony in below video.

Visitors stick cash what they prepared into the pig mouth or nose or ear. Then they kneel down and bow to the table. The big reason people put cash into the pig is pigs are a symbol of good luck and fortune in Korea.

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1. Pig has similar pronunciation with Money in Korean

Roughly more than 60% of the Korean vocabulary came from Chinese and Pig(돼지) word is in this case too. Pig(돼지) is written as 豚 Chinese character and it pronounces ‘Don’(돈) which is same pronunciation with Money(돈) in Korean.

2. Pigs symbol the fertility

Pig usually gives birth to about 10 piglets at once and one pig could give over 100 piglets for 5 years. Because of this reason pigs have been signed the fecundity and luck in Korea for a long time.

So people believe the pigs will help in thriving a business and that’s why they put cash into the pig. However, normally people prefer to stick the cash in pig’s mouth and even some people never stick it in pig nose or ear. They believe if you stick the cash in pig’s nose, the pig could not breath and will die. And if you stick the cash in pig’s ear, the pig could not hear when you make a wish. Meanwhile, the pig will bring money when you stick the cash in pig’s mouth.

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Good luck dreams

Also dreaming of a pig is interpreted as being extremely fortunate as the animal is symbol of good luck, wealth, and fortune in Korean culture. So many Korean buy lottery after the day they had a pig dream and believe it or not few people said they won the lottery which they bought after they had a pig dream.

Thanks for reading.:)

Why March 3 is Samgyeopsal Day in Korea?

Samgyeopsal is thick and fatty slices of pork belly meat which is a popular Korean dish. March 3rd is Samgyeopsal Day in Korea in every year and it started in 2003. This is because the word “Sam” in Samgyeopsal has similar pronunciation with 3(Sam in Korean) and March 3rd has two 3.

You can check how to pronounce Numbers in Korean in here.

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There are few origins about the Samgyeopsal day starts and the two reasons are most persuasive.

1. To promote the consumption

Early 2000s foot-and-mouth disease occurred in Korea and spread in the country rapidly. 12 percent of the entire domestic pig were slaughtered to ensure the disease would not spread further. After that, the Korea livestock association started March 3rd as the Samgyeopsal day to promote the pork consumption.

2. One call from the elementary student

One of the elementary student called the Korea Federation of Livestock Cooperatives and said “March 3rd(3월 3일 pronounce Sam woul Sam il in Korean) is similar with Samgyeopsal and eating samgyeopsal in 3/3 will be more delicious! Let’s make March 3rd as the Samgyeopsal day”. Then the livestock employee posted this idea in internet and the responses were good that it started.

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I’m not sure which origin is true, but it is obvious that Samgyeopsal day promoted the Samgyeopsal consumption. Statistically in Korea Samgyeopsal is sold 3~5 times more than other days in Samgyeopsal Day and also many big supermarkets(e-mart, Lotte mart, Homeplus) are doing discount event in March 3rd.

Thanks for reading.:)

Why Korean say Cool when eating the spicy food-Part 2

Today I will introduce the situation of using the “Cool” meaning except in food.

1. When the pee came out
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People say Cool as expressing the cool feeling when just after the pee came out. To be more concrete, the word “Cool” means the good feeling of the impurities came out well from the body in this situation. But don’t say “Shi-won-ha-da”(Cool) in Korean to somebody else you are not familiar with. Koreanonly say to really close friends.

2. When scrubbing off the dead skin from the body.

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Korea has a unique culture in Korean bathhouse. Getting naked and scrubbed down.

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This is the scrubbing towel which Korean use and it is called “Italy towel” or “ttamiri towels”(때밀이 타울) in Korean. Instead of using a soft loofa, Korean use wash cloths that aren’t very nice. However, Korean who say cool are enjoying this painful feeling. As it has the hurt feeling, it produces excellent results in getting rid of the dust in the body. When the dirt is coming off from the skin during scrubbing, they feel the body is getting clean and eliminating the waste from the body. This is why they say “Cool” when scrubbing the body.

3. When having a massage
Normally, older Korean prefer to have very strong massage.

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When having a massage it could be felt a little painful but also could have a good feeling at the same time. Because it helps the muscle to get recover from the fatigue. Many Korean say “Cool” in this situation, especially who are old. I think they feel the pain as the muscle is getting relax.

4. When soaking in a hot tub

Korean say “Cool” for the hot feeling when they are in hot tub.

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One of the Korean characteristics what you can see from the number 2,3,4 is partly Korean enjoy the painful impression. My mother sometimes say “Cool” while she takes the shower. Before, I checked the water temperature when she was taking a shower, but it was really hot for me that I could not imagine taking shower in that hot water.

These four situations are the general situation when Korean say “Cool”. If there is other general times to say “Cool” please leave a comment.

Thanks for reading.:)

Why Koreans say “Cool” when eating the spicy food-Part 1

The popular question from foreigners to Korean is why they say “cool” when eating the spicy food.  Some of my friends especially men say “It’s cool(called Shi-won-ha-da/시원하다 in Korean)” when eating the spicy or hot food.

Shi-won-ha-da is the multiple meaning word and the first meaning is “cool” in English. Second is said after eating the hot food. Today I will introduce about the cool’ second meaning. However, when I thought about the cool(Shi-won-ha-da)meaning, I recognised Korean say this word frequently in many situation with multiple meaning. So in the part 1, I will introduce the cool meaning which is connected with the food, and in the next part 2, I will introduce the other cool meaning which is used in the others situation.

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This is the one of the scene of the Shin ramen(Korean noodle) advertisement and this person is PSY(Korean signer). In my opinion, this face represent the “Shi-won-ha-da”(cool) meaning well. As eating the spicy and hot food, he feels this hot feeling. However, this burning feeling also makes all the stress out and that’s one of the reasons why Korean says Shi-won-ha-da(cool).

When I was young, I could not understand why Korean middle-age men say cool during eating the hot soup. However, as I grow up in Korea I got stronger in the hot food and also could understand what does the cool mean. In fact, I could not eat Kimchi and every spicy Korean food until when I was in seven years old. I could only eat white Kimchi which is not spicy, or I ate Kimchi only after I wash it in water. However, I was continuously exposed in spicy food that I could be stronger in spicy food little by little.

Since I was in high school, sometimes I’ve started to say “cool” when eating the hot food. According to my experience, this cool is the word which expressing the refreshed and fresh feeling. When we eat the hot food, the sweat comes out. Base on my experience, when I eat spicy food I feel the bad wastes is coming out from the body and feel it cool. Also when I eat the spicy or hot food ,the sweat comes out from my body and the sweat is getting evaporate that it makes the body temperature lower. As the body temperature is getting lower, I feel it cool.

These are the examples when Korean say “Shi-won-ha-da”(Cool)

1. When eating the spicy food: this cool means refreshed.

2. When eating the hot soup(high temperature liquid): If you eat the hot soup, you could feel the liquid is passing the throat. I also like to eat the hot soup especially in winter and sometimes burned the roof of my mouth. It feels like my throat got cleaned and say cool. I think this is similar as the throat burning feeling when drinking the strong liquids.

The cool(Shi-won-ha-da)meaning is quite complicated and the meaning could be slightly different depends on the people that I’m not sure If I explained well about it. But I was trying to explain specifically of the meaning based on my experience.:) If you have any question or have the different idea, please leave the comment.

In next week, I will introduce about the rest of the Cool(Shi-won-ha-da) meaning.

Thanks for reading.:)

What is Konglish?-Season2

Today, I will introduce more about Konglish expressions which is commonly used in daily life, following the What is Konglish?-Season1.

If you remember the words in season 1 and 2, you are knowing a big part of the Konglish what Korean frequently use.:)

Electronic products

1. Hand phone

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It is same as “cellular phone or mobile phone” in English. Even after the smartphone is widely used, many Korean still use “Hand phone” word instead of “Smart phone”.

 

 

 

 

2. Selca(Self Camera)

This is same meaning as “Selfie”. Today, taking pictures with selfie stick(it is called “Selca bong’ in Korea) has been more popular than ever. 🙂

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3. Di-Ca: This is the abbreviation of the word “Digital Camera” and it is same as “Digicam”.

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4. Concent: It is “electrical outlet”.

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FYI, 220V is used in Korea.

5. RemoconIt is “remote control”or “remote”. This word is commonly used for TV, air conditional’s remote control.

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6. Air con: This is the abbreviation word of “air conditioner”.

Konglish which came from Japan

: From early 20th century many English vocabulary came from Japan to Korea. Accordingly, there are quite lots of Korean words which has Japanese pronunciation and Japanese expression.

1. Autobi(auto+bicycle): The compound word “Autobi” is formed from the words auto and bicycle in Japan, and after this word came to Korea.  It means “Motorcycle” in English.

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This is the most common design of the motorcycle what you can easily see in Korea. Because food delivery culture is popular in Korea that this motorcycle is often used to deliver.

2. Y shirt

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Y shirt is a same meaning as “shirts” or “dress shirts”. This word came from Japan and it is an abbreviation for ‘white shirts’.

 

 

 

3.  Handle: It is the ‘steering wheel’ and it came from Japanese word “Handoru”.

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4. Missing: This is “Sewing machine” in English. The origin of this word came from “Sewing machine” which pronounced the “machine” in Japanese style except the first part of word(Sewing), and the pronunciation is like “missing”.

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Clothes

1. Burberry: It is “Overcoat or trench coat” in English and “Burberry” word came from the British’s Burberry company name. Burberry is still the cool fashion in Korea that many people wear in spring and in fall.

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2. One-piece: It does not mean ‘be safe’ in Konglish.:) This is same meaning as ‘dress’ in English.

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One-piece means the clothes which in top and in the bottom are in one. If these are separate in top and the pants or the skirt, it is called “Two-pieces” in Korea.

 

 

 

 

3. Panty stockings: It means “pantyhose” or “tights”.

Others 

1. Running machine: It is “Treadmill”. I assume if you say treadmill to Korean, many people don’t know this word.

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 2. Accessory: Korean pronounce as “ac-ce-ssa-ri” that English came in Korea for little wrong pronunciation. Generally used as jewelry and product for women’s hair which you can see in below picture. However, it is also widely used for accessory of phone, computer, bicycle, car…etc.

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3. Morning call: It is “wake-up call” in English. This usually means the call from hotel or motel in the right time. However also widely used for the common wake-up-call with cellphone, clock which the person made.

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Thanks for reading.:)

 

 

 

What is Konglish?-Season1

Konglish(=Korean+English) is a term which were invented by Koreans through combinations of English words or applying a new meaning for usage of a common English word. Korean frequently uses the Konglish in daily life, and also I frequently use Konglish when I talk with my Korean friends.

Today, I will introduce the Konglish what Korean frequently use.

Konglish word

Social

1. I’m in slump

Slump means the status of mind and body or the work is temporary poor that feel the depression. ‘I am in a bad mood these days’ or ‘I feel down these days’ will be the same meaning of ‘I am in slump’ which Korean use.

According to the statistical data, 97.7% of Korean employees had experienced the slump, and there are four main reasons why they feel the depression.

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1) Exhaust because of the excessive work

2) Experience difficulties in adjusting after changing job or doing a new work

3) Conflict relation between boss, co-worker or subordinate

4) Emotional pressure because of anxiety about the future or burden of the performance.

Generally not only the employees but also the students, athletes use this word frequently.

2. Skinship

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Skinship(=Skin+relationship) is generally used for any kind of physical contact such as caressing, kissing, hugging between two loving ones, especially boyfriend and girlfriend. It is similar as “cuddling”, “snuggle”, “petting”.

3. Condition: Koreans use this word to refer to their body’s condition. It is commonly used such as “Today, my condition is not good” ,“Condition is good”.

4. Eye shopping: It means “window shopping”

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5. Cunning

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This is the same word as “cheating”. But the cheating has more wide meaning than cunning. Cunning is just used in exam. When someone look at the other person’s paper or look at their hands which is written down, the word “cunning” is used.

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6. Fighting: It is similar as “Cheer up” , “Go, team” in English. It also refers “You can do it”, “You will be good” and so on.

7. Dutch pay: It means “Dutch treat” in English.

8. Arbeit: It means “part-time job” and came from the German “Arbeit”.

9. Team: This is usually used for the group in a company that has a common goal.

It is also used as “Team project” or in a big company’s group is divided as finance team, human resource team, marketing team…etc.

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Housing style

1.  Apart: This is the abbreviation word of ‘Apartment’. The meaning of apartment in Korea is the place of private own.

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2. One Room: This is the apartment for one person especially single or young person. It is same as “studio apartment”. When the students enter the college, and if the college’s location is far from their home, they normally live in One Room, boarding house or dormitory.

3. Villa: this is a small-sized condominium that usually from 3-5 floors, two units per floor. It is also the common housing style in Seoul. However, the most usual housing style in Seoul is the apartment.

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4. Office Tel(=office+hotel)

Usually a small, modern room that has basic facilities including a kitchenette and a bathroom with a shower. However, the difference with ‘One-Room’ is ‘Office Tel’ is also used for working that it is a multi-purpose building with residential and commercial units. The advantage of the ‘Office Tel’ is for minimising the commute time.

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Duplex type of Office Tel got popular in Korea, because it is good for making use of space.

 

 

 

5. Condo: It is ‘time-share resort’ in English. It is usually located in ski resort or famous tour places in Korea. Normally Korean stay in condo when they take a trip.

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Thanks for reading and Konglish-Season 2 will be posted in next week.:)

Are Scissors commonly used in Korea restaurant?

The answer is YES. In Korea Kitchen scissors are commonly used not only in restaurants but also in home.

I remember my American friend was surprised when he saw people are cutting the noodles with scissors in Korea restaurant. However, in many type of the Korean restaurants use the scissors. Today I will introduce which type of the Korean food is commonly used the scissors.

1. Korean Barbecue

At first, grill the whole meat and then when it is cooked cut the meat with scissors as you can see in below.

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The scissors are more easy to cut the meat rather than the knife that almost all of the Korean barbecue restaurants use the scissors for cutting the meat. Also, in some of the restaurant waiter cuts the meat, but mostly the customers should bake and cut the meat by themselves.

2. Naengmyeon(Korean cold noodles)

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Normally Korean cold noodles are durable that it is quite hard to cut the noodles only with your teeth. Accordingly, normally people cut the noodles with the scissors first for the cross shape as you can see in the above picture. If you can’t see the scissors in  Naengmyeon house, ask to the waiter. Then he will bring it for you.

 

3. Seollengtang(soup of bone and stew meat) and Kalguksu(Knife-cut noodles)

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Seollengtang is a Korean soup made from ox bones, brisket and other cuts and Kalguksu is the handmade Korean noodle dish which knife-cut wheat flour noodles served in a large bowl and other ingredients. Both of the dishes also serve the kimchi and the radish kimchi as the side dishes as you can see in the below picture.

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Then you have to take these out to the plate with chopsticks or with tongs by yourself as much as you will eat, and then cut it with scissors to small pieces.

3. Spicy Seafood Stew

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Seafood in stew is slippery and little tough that it should be cut in to pieces before eating it. At first, seafood stew which need to be boiled came out with scissors and tongs in table. Then the seafood stew is boiled in the customers’ table and the customers cut the seafood by themselves.

4. Korean Pork Cutlet

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Pork cutlet is served with fork and knifes in many pork cutlet restaurants, but some of them give the scissors instead of knives for cutting the food. I assume this is because for some Korean cutting with scissors are easier than the knives.

5. Korean street food

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Spicy rice cake(called Tteokbokki) and fried snacks(called Twigim); sweet potatoes, shimp, dumplings, squid, vegetables etc are one of the common Korean street food. As you can see in the above picture, when people cook the food, they frequently use scissors when cutting the food like fries, fish cake, eggs to put those in the Tteokbokki soup.

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Those 5 examples are just the part of the Korean foods which use the scissors. There are more list of the Korean food which commonly use the scissors. Then you will be curious why Korean use the scissors frequently.

In my opinion, there are main 2 reasons why Korean frequently uses the scissors for cutting food.

1. Korea Hurry-hurry culture

Korea has Hurry-hurry culture(called “Pali-Pali” in Korean) and many Korean has a habit of handling matters quickly and prematurely. For example, normally many Korean eat meal within 20 minutes, drink alcohol quickly and drunk fast, typical Korean restaurants serve the food fast. So I assume Korean also prefer the tools which can cut the food fast, easily and the scissors fit well in Korean characteristic.

2. Cooked by customers 

In many Korean food restaurants, customers have to cook by themselves for some part of the process of cooking. For example, grill the beef in Korean Barbecue, bowl the sausage stew and bowl the Bulgogi hot pot in the customer table. Accordingly, the tools, which the customers could easily cut and not dangerous, should be prepared and the scissors was the proper tool in these requirement. I think the knife will be little more dangerous for using compare to the scissors.

3. Many side dishes

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Korean food has many side dishes in one meal compared to other countries dishes. In typical Korean food restaurants have 11~25 side dishes that the possibility of having food which is hard to cut in one meal is high. Accordingly, the scissors are getting common for the use of cutting food.

Thanks for reading.:)

 

Why Pickles are always with western meal in Korea?

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My American friend asked me “Why there are pickles with every western meal in Korea? Pickles with pizza or with spaghetti is weird”. So I thought about the reason why Korean eat pickles with western food and today I will explain about it.:)

When you visit the western restaurant in Korea, you can easily see the pickles for the side dish. Korean usually eat pizza, spaghetti and other western food with pickles and I also like to eat with pickles. Even in the Mexican food, there is the side dish which is similar with pickles. The below picture is the Quesadilla what I ordered in Mexican restaurant located in Korea. The right side of the small bowls is the mix of chopped pickles, carrot and white radish.

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I visited the Costa Rica before, in fact  I never saw the pickles in any restaurant. When I was there, I thought the side dishes like pickles are common for the food, because I was grown in Korea where the pickles are always coming with the western food. Accordingly, at the first time when I ordered the food in Costa Rica, it was strange for me that there was no pickle or other side dishes with main dish. I asked to the waiter “Is there any pickles or something like that?” ,and he looked at me strangely. So I noticed it is not common for giving the side dishes such as pickles with main dishes.

In my opinion, the main reason why Korean eat pickles with western food is in the Korean food style; Korean food always has the side dishes.

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In typical Korean food, the side dishes should be with rice and soup and Kimchi is always included. 5-6 kinds of side dishes in one meal is normal for Korean, but I assume it will be uncommon for other countries’ people.

Korean doesn’t eat just side dishes by itself . We always eat the side dishes with other food such as rice. Few months ago, I had a chance for eating dinner with Indian person, but I was surprised because first he only ate Kimchi by itself without other dishes. I think eating the foods together was not common for him. Meanwhile, Korean eat the food together such as Kimchi with rice, soup with rice. Accordingly, Korean also like to eat the western food with this habit that we eat the western food with pickles. I assume that for the other countries people the pickles are just an appetizer, but for Korean the pickles are one of the side dishes which should be eaten with the main dish. I even saw the Korean who eat the piece of steak, one spoon of soup and pickles all together in one mouth in the western restaurant.

In Korean dish, it is common to have the specific combination of food. The most common combinations are in below.

1. Chicken with white radish

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This is the delivered fried chicken and always the white radish is coming with it. I really like to eat chicken with white radish!!

 

 

2. Jajangmyeon with yellow pickled radish

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Jajangmyeon is the black-bean-sauce noodles, and it always comes with yellow pickled radish. The yellow pickled is made from the white radish, but yellow food coloring was used during pickling it.

3. Bulgogi with lettuce 

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Bulgogi is the Korean barbequed beef and we eat the bulgogi wrapped in lettuce. Also many people prefer to put red pepper paste, garlic, onion in the lettuce additionally and eat together.

 

 

4. Boiled pork with kimchi 

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Eating the boiled pork with white kimchi or the normal red kimchi is common. Korean usually wrap the meat with kimchi and eat together as the barbequed beef.

The perfect combination of Korean foods like these examples are more than dozen.

Also the interesting thing is when I asked to the Korean as “What is your favorite Korean food?” then many of them answered as “I like Back-ban(meal with bowl of rice,soup, and side dishes)” or “I like the all kinds of Korean stew”. However, Korean always eat stew with rice and other side dishes that this answer includes they like to eat the combination of stew, rice and side dishes. Thus, many Korean prefer to eat the western food with this Korean food style that we are eating the western food with pickles. 🙂

This is my opinion of the question. If you have different idea or question please leave the comment. Thanks for reading.:)