Saturday, September 20, 2008

Answer to the Question of the Week

What are non-disposable chopsticks made of in Korea?

  • stainless steel-0 (0%)
  • plastic-1 (25%)
  • wood-1 (25%)
  • clay-2 (50%)

The answer is stainless steel. This tradition was started during the Joseon dynasty. The upper class people believed that using silver would warn of evil because silver would tarnish in the presence of evils. The lower classes practiced this belief as well, but they could not afford the silver and so they would use cheaper metals. Spoons are also stainless steel as well. Many restaurants use metal cups and bowls.

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