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South Koreans take great pride in their food culture. That’s why it’s important to respect and be aware of the local dining etiquette. Koreans do not have their own meal but rather share a variety of main and side dishes amongst the people at the table.
Unlike other Asian cultures, Koreans do not lift their bowls off the table to eat with the bowl in their hands, but prefer to keep it on the table.
The many small side dishes are called banchan. Never start eating before the oldest person at the table. It is also considered rude to blow your nose during a meal.
Avoid reaching across the table for distant food by asking for someone to pass it to you. Never use your hands to pick up food.
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