|Water kimchi at Shin Chon|
I love to learn new cuisines, but I always wonder about what I'm learning -- especially since I'm often learning on the fly.
I know some basics for eating Korean food. I've shared a "101 Class" about Korean barbecue. But I'm still figuring out the etiquette.
For example, how do you eat water kimchi? It's one of the little bowls that Shin Chon Garden serves as panchan with the meal. A few pieces of vegetable in a cold liquid. It's good, but it always seemed weird that they serve just a few pieces of vegetable.
That's why I noticed when the guy at the next table lifted the bowl and drank. You drink the water! At least, I think. I was 75% sure, but 25% worried that it was just something weird about this guy. Maybe that's completely wrong. Maybe he just has a weird predilection -- fine for him, but embarrassing for the wife and certainly a scene if I ever glug, glug, glug from the water kimchi bowl.
His wife didn't object. So I'm steeling myself up to drink water kimchi on my next trip to Shin Chon. Then, it's time to find the next thing that I don't know.