Hot, Cold, slurping and Korean foods - 52
It is interesting that Koreans also talk about a “hot” and “cold” taste when referring to foods. In England we might talk about a bitter, sour or strong taste for example, but Koreans additionally, use hot and cold as a way of explaining the food; similar to the way Chinese people do. An apple is an example of a cold food. When you bite into it you get a cold sensation in your mouth – a kind of fresh cool taste.
There are so many restaurants in Seoul that I always wondered how they all stay in business. I still have not found the answer to that question but it is amazing the number of restaurants in Seoul. In England, pubs are popular to the extent that restaurants are popular in Korea. In one small village, in the South West of England, there are only 3 houses yet there are four pubs. People from other villages drive to these pubs and the pubs do enough business to make it worth being open.
Slurping is also another interesting difference between countries. It is simply a part of the eating culture in Korea and other Asian countries. Westerners cannot say it is wrong but it is very difficult for many Westerners to get used to, having been taught from a very young age that slurping is a sign of very bad manners. A Korean friend recently went to London and he would not accept that slurping really was considered quite rude. I do not think it is right or wrong either way, just a difference of culture and culture is what makes every country interesting. It does not mean that you will ever hear me slurping in the future, but you will not hear me complaining about it either.