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I love Ban Chan! I didn't know they had a name. They just call them side dishes in the korean restaurants here. I've often felt that the price of the side dishes is built into the price of all the other mains on the menu.

 

smile.gif  They're absolutely delicious, and a feast for the eyes as well.  While I'm not wild about every single one, for the most part I enjoy all the ones that restaurants commonly serve.  Do you have a favorite?

 

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That often means though my family will order what we regard is a normal amount of food, and then forget about the side dishes and end up ordering way too much. That said it feels odd just ordering one bibimbap between two people and then gorging on side dishes.

 

I've slowly learned to plan ahead on such occasions.  Unless we're eating kogi (meat), I usually order whatever I feel like eating later on.  When that dish arrives, I pretty much just have it wrapped for take out.  In the meantime, I fill up on the Ban Chan and Soju.  Probably not the cool thing to do... but I want both the Ban Chan and the main dish, and I lack the intestinal fortitude to conquer both in one sitting.

 

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Bring back pineapples....

 

That's over in the other thread... wink.gif


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Also, flat metal chopsticks piss me off.  I don't care if the King used to use them, they're the devil's work I tell ya.

 

Elvis used metal chopsticks? I did not know that.smile_phones.gif

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/476889/what-is-your-myers-briggs-personality

 

A test for all except achmedisdead. Living posters only....

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smile.gif  They're absolutely delicious, and a feast for the eyes as well.  While I'm not wild about every single one, for the most part I enjoy all the ones that restaurants commonly serve.  Do you have a favorite?

 

My favourite are the bean sprouts and the potatoes, but there are other ones I like and can't really name. Oh, also the weird flavourless potato starch jelly thing that I like because its just plain weird.

 

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http://www.head-fi.org/t/476889/what-is-your-myers-briggs-personality

 

A test for all except achmedisdead. Living posters only....

 

Oh, this test! I usually either get ENTP or occasionally INTP. I always here from psychologists how these tests are generally misapplied by people who don't know how to interpret the results.

 

Much more fun would be things like the psychopathy test.

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I love Ban Chan! I didn't know they had a name. They just call them side dishes in the korean restaurants here. I've often felt that the price of the side dishes is built into the price of all the other mains on the menu. That often means though my family will order what we regard is a normal amount of food, and then forget about the side dishes and end up ordering way too much. That said it feels odd just ordering one bibimbap between two people and then gorging on side dishes.


I loveee Korean food :)......

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I loveee Korean food :)...... Especially pineapple...

Fixed...

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Much more fun would be things like the psychopathy test.

I did the test and found I was too obsessed with my public image to be narcissistic........

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So, a buddy of mine and I were doing a little shopping at a Korean market the other day.  As we're strolling our cart through the produce section, we begin to notice a pronounced discrepancy between the prices of raw materials (cheap) and prepared dishes at a restaurant (pricey - at least at a good place).  We're throwing out theories left and right, and finally settle upon one reasonable theory as to why this might be so:  free Ban Chan.

Also, flat metal chopsticks piss me off.  I don't care if the King used to use them, they're the devil's work I tell ya.

Banchan isn't (usually) identified on the tab, but of course it's not free -- the cost of providing it is incorporated into the other dishes.

I can't imagine asking for seconds of banchan (aside from kimchi) because they're not the meal, they're the appetiser.

Costs of Korean food have gone up lately because of the bad weather Korea suffered last year. Sweet potatoes got so expensive that apparently traditional sidewalk vendors stopped selling them last winter. And staples like cabbage and rice were also badly hurt in storms.

What's the problem with metal chopsticks? I usually prefer wood or bamboo mostly because I have large hands, so the larger implements are more comfortable to hold. But aside from when eating noodles (metal chopsticks can slice through soft noodle when you try to pick it up), I haven't found them much harder to use.
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I don't like the metal ones. They are kinda slippery. That said, I don't hold chopsticks properly to begin with. (I do a weird squeezing thing, not the articulated finger thing you are meant to do.)

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I taught myself how to use chopsticks and had gotten reasonably competent at it. A couple days before our trip to Seoul last fall, I remarked on something to this effect and my partner pointed out that I was handling them the way a child was. Which lead to two frantic days of me trying to teach myself how to use chopsticks properly, and subsequently manipulating my food like a derpy fumbling foreigner in front of my in-laws and strangers alike for most of the trip.

I still don't use them fully properly, but I'm reasonably competent again and on the whole I thought the whole chopsticks side-quest during the trip was more amusing than anything else, even when it meant dropping and flipping more things than I used to for a while.

For whatever it's worth, when you learn to handle chopsticks properly, flat metal chopsticks become easier to use.
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Have you asians ever thought of getting a large pair of tweezers.?

 

Solves the independent chopstick syndrome....

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Trainer chopsticks have existed for centuries. These days you can buy cheap plastic ones for your kids.

They're easy to use as simple tongs, but harder to use than normal chopsticks if you're doing anything more complex than picking up small, soft chunks of food like chicken or steamed broccoli.
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I Should have known...

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It actually amuses me when I see people use chopsticks in restaurants in ways that they were never intended for just because the restaurant cruelly provides them, like people eating rice off plates with chopsticks. (Asians eat rice from bowls so they can shovel the rice up the incline into their maws)

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Ignorance is bliss......

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