Do you know why we Koreans use spoon to scoop the rice unlike Chinese who use chopsticks to scoop the rice?
Because of Korean dining table manner is bit different than Chinese.
using chopsticks to pick rice is considered rude.
Koreans used metal dining wares was it is because of the ancient saying that metals can detect poisons?
If that's the case then,but why are the chopsticks flat?
I've seen Koreans eat rice using spoons instead of using chopsticks.
Do Koreans use claypots too?
Were metal ores found in abundance in Korea during the ancient times?
In Korean historical dramas,I've seen poor commoners used spoons made of wood,like those you see in cake baking.
1. Not too sure about detecting poison.
2. I guess it's easier to make it flat than round.
3. Yes, lots of claypots for hot soups
4. I'm not too sure about abundance metal, but Korea was known for exporting metals to her neighbors during ancient times. Korean peninsula is compromised of approx. 80% mountains hence abundant minerals deposits. But seeing a lot of Gold items and iron/bronze wares, it seems Korea was once abundance of metal.
Minerals in Korea
Korea is called a “gallery of mineral specimens” with more than 400 kinds of natural resources distributed in various parts of its territory.
Among them, 25 are regarded as world-class fortunes. They are iron, nickel, gold, silver, bronze, mercury, chrome, lead, zinc, platinum, manganese, cobalt, tungsten, molybdenum, iron sulphide, aluminum, magnesite, coal, petroleum, apatite, mica, fluorite, and graphite.
The production of magnesite in Korea is the largest in the world. Its reserve is estimated at 5.24 billion tonnes, which is mainly concentrated on the Tanchon district in North Hamgyong Province.
Koreans produce the largest amount of zinc in the world, and its reserve of mica is also the largest in the world.
Korea, known as a gold field in Asia, ranks 7th in the world in its output. The land’s estimated reserve of molybdenum ranks 5th in the world, and that of tungsten 10th.
Korea is a large iron producer with 284 iron mines throughout the land. Most of these mines are located in the northern half of Korea, and the biggest is the Musan Mine in North Hamgyong Province.
Also amply endowed on the Korean Peninsula are nickel, cobalt, apatite, marble and granite.
5. Yes, wooden spoons and chopsticks are also largely use but they are mostly in large sizes, but almost no porcelain soup spoon.
I think wooden rice scooper is extensively used.