Silver will discolor whenever it comes into
contact with any poison, as such they are considered a safer way to eat
in Korea. As such, using a silver chopsticks and spoons have been used
extensively in Korean meal .A proper meal setting will also have silver
bowls for rice and soup. Pricey, but the silver cutlery is often a
natural part of a bride's dowry. Daily settings are of brass or china.
These days stainless steel is much more preferred than brass since it
doesn't need the polishing which brass does.
Food is served and consumed from bowls, not plates. Things are all
placed on the table immediately - rice, soup, fish, chicken, beef, hot
sauces, sweet and sour sauces, vegetables cooked in numerous methods and
kimchi of assorted kinds. There are many types of kimchi, some prepared
by having dried shrimps or salted fish, and complex versions which
includes uncommon fruits and veggies. A few are quite strong while some
can be mild.
The meal doesn't conclude with sweets. At times fresh fruits are
offered, however it's not the daily pattern of eating. Korean fruits
consist of apples, Korean pears (not the same as the varieties we all
know), oranges, grapes, cherries, plums and persimmons.