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4:14 pm - 04/29/2012

Korean idol enrages Japanese netizens by eating instant noodles from the pot

While the Internet in general is known for being a bottomless cauldron of hate, nothing quite gets Japanese netizens seething like South Korea.

Case in point: the Japanese Internet is raging over a video of a young South Korean woman eating instant noodles because she has bad table manners.

The video is actually part of a promotional series for Shin Ramyun instant noodles in which members of Korean girl group T-ARA share their favorite home recipes. The clip in question features member Park Ji-yeon, who divulges that she prefers to stick with the orthodox recipe and proceeds to show viewers how to prepare Shin Ramyun according to the directions on the package.

From about 0:50, the video pans to Ji-yeon sitting down to eat her finished meal when suddenly, for reasons unexplained, she removes the lid of the pot with one hand, plunges her chopsticks directly into the pot with the other, lifts up a mass of noodles and plops them down on the overturned lid as if it were a plate before transferring them into her cute little mouth.

Finally, as if to add insult to injury, while sharing her thoughts about the taste with viewers, Ji-yeon grasps her chopsticks firmly in hand and drives them into the cutting board, presumably to keep them aligned before returning for another barbaric bite from her primeval lid-plate.

This, ladies and gentlemen, was enough to raise a furor among Japanese net users, who wasted no words in bashing Ji-yeon for her “disgusting table manners,” while others expressed a renewed appreciation of Japanese manners. One of the current top comments is supported by 15 “likes” for saying that “eating straight from the pot like this is worse than beggars going to receive their food rations.”

Unsurprisingly, many seem quick to condemn Ji-yeon’s eating style as indicative of South Korean manners in general, though there are a few who point out the futility of criticizing other cultures, but that Ji-yeon should be more conscious of how her status as an international pop idol reflects on South Korea’s image.

Upon asking a Korean acquaintance about the video, we were told: “Using the lid of a pot as a plate? Sure, we do it all the time; it helps keep the dishes clean. Both guys and girls do it, but I only eat like that when I’m eating by myself.”

One insightful YouTube user pointed out that using the lid of the pot as a plate is a common way of eating “misonikomi udon” noodles in Nagoya, but then again, the lids of the earthen pots in which the dish is prepared are made to be eaten from.

In any case, while it’s true the video is anything but a paragon of etiquette, for god’s sake, the girl is eating instant noodles, not caviar. And we can’t help but think that Ji-yeon being South Korean has something to do with all the hate—it’s hard to imagine a promotional video of Kelly Clarkson eating Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from the pot being met with the same reaction.

Source: japantoday

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devilsatin 30th-Apr-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
She is soo qt
denisekw 23rd-Nov-2012 09:42 am (UTC)
I totally agree.
dearmisterecho 30th-Apr-2012 12:18 am (UTC)
ooo, she ate it straight from that pristine, brand new cooking pot.

That shit looks delicious, and I want to try and find it next time I'm at the store, so she did a damn good job selling that instant ramen.
cherrylng 30th-Apr-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
My sister eats instant noodles right from the pot too, if only the reason why is because there would be less dishes to wash. I do that too occasionally when I'm at her place, but I still prefer to transfer it to a bowl.

Some people are just bored and pressed ~.~
jeugd1 30th-Apr-2012 12:20 am (UTC)
HANG HER!!! how dare she eat from a pot
vivimon 30th-Apr-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
It does look a bit strange how she uses the lid as a plate.. but just strange xD

People need to learn that netizens from any country are not newsworthy >.>
unlived 30th-Apr-2012 02:40 am (UTC)
im pretty sure that korean do that that why she did it as well, its might be a no no in japan but in korean people fight for the lid to eat on.
kachuusha 30th-Apr-2012 12:25 am (UTC)
sometimes when i'm lazy i eat it from the pot
xoxoknlove 30th-Apr-2012 12:27 am (UTC)
Well there goes their chance of at least selling 50,000 copies of that crap album of theirs~
831panda831 30th-Apr-2012 12:30 am (UTC)
dis bitch, how dare she have bad table manners when compared to my standards
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kamelover101 30th-Apr-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Lol... I can't even ! That's so mean XD I think it may also have something to do with Koreans considering Japanese to resemble monkeys/koreans eating dogs?
sunleth 30th-Apr-2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Seriously? This is news?
k0dama 30th-Apr-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
lol Japan. Grasping for straws much?
supermeriis 1st-May-2012 08:00 pm (UTC)
raatkerani 30th-Apr-2012 12:46 am (UTC)
i don't see what's the problem when one is eating alone (which that girl was clearly depicting). it's less dishes to clean = less soap, less water, less pollution. iinm, there have been a lot of k-drama showing this kind of manner too, so i think it's just culture.
respecting other people's culture is a value what the bashers lack of.

i appreciate someone eating from a pot more than people who can't respect other cultures.
slave4food 30th-Apr-2012 01:29 am (UTC)
hypocrite much? it's japanese culture to not eat out of a pot, try respecting that instead of bashing it.
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mizumi10 30th-Apr-2012 12:47 am (UTC)
i do this sometimes too...=.= seriously...what is this...
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u_chai 30th-Apr-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
oh... the glory days of the five-member gods. oh well they're all successful in their respective "new" group.
volatilewind 30th-Apr-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
lol I hate Shin Ramyun and I'm more interested in Jiyeon putting a raw egg in the pot. I've ever seen anyone do that before, so now I'm a little curious
baka_hanyou 30th-Apr-2012 01:38 am (UTC)
It's pretty common in Japan. Many ramen places give you a raw egg with your steaming hot ramen so you can put it in and let it cook in the broth. Pretty tasty!
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