Rice is exceptionally important to the Korean culinary tradition. In Korea, rice is so synonymous with food that the common phrase that Koreans use to ask if you’ve eaten recently is “Bap muh guh ssuh?”, which translates to “Did you eat rice?”
This represents one of the most salient differences between Korean and Western dining sensibilities. While an American meal generally centers around the protein, Korea focuses around the rice. Korea divides their meals into “busik” and “jusik”, representing to side dishes and the part of the meal that features rice, respectively. Either category can be eaten by itself, but, while jusik without busik is still a considered meal, busik without jusik is strictly a snack. This is why you will find rice featured so strongly at our Korean BBQ in Lynnwood.