As a Korean who's consumed her share of grilled pork belly, I know a thing or two about Korean table manners. This was especially highlighted last week when the KBBQ etiquette of a few of my colleagues had me cringing.
The meal started with a heaping portion of thinly sliced brisket, and over the next two hours I watched as my fellow eaters flipped their cuts of meat no fewer than a dozen times, double-shot soju in between bites, and requested dessert menus at meal's end. If none of this strikes you as irrational, then you've got some learning to do.
Read on for a guide to how to best enjoy Korea's most popular non-kimchi export.
Don’t be startled when you’re greeted with unintelligible yelling
In line with Koreans’ good hosting gene, many places will welcome guests with an enthusiastic Korean greeting... often also unintelligible to fluent speakers.
Do feel free to ask for wooden chopsticks
Unlike Japanese or Chinese restaurants, a majority of Korean establishments will be furnished with heavy metal chopsticks. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for wooden ones -- their metal counterparts are weighty and difficult to wield even for native Koreans.