Sujeo (수저) is the Korean word for the set of eating utensils commonly used to eat Korean cuisine. The word is a portmanteau of the words sutgarak (숟가락, 'spoon') and jeotgarak (젓가락, 'chopsticks'). The sujeo set includes a pair of oval-shaped or rounded-rectangular metal (often stainless steel) chopsticks, and a long handled shallow spoon of the same material.[1] One may use both at the same time, but this is a recent way to eat quicker. It is not considered good etiquette to hold the spoon and the chopstick together in one hand especially while eating with elders.[2] More often food is eaten with chopsticks alone. Sometimes the spoon apart from chopsticks is referred to as sujeo.

Sujeo, a set of Korean eating utensils.
Korean name
Revised RomanizationSujeo

Chopsticks may be put down on a table, but never put into food standing up, particularly rice, as this is considered to bring bad luck since it resembles food offerings at a grave to deceased ancestors.[3] The spoon may be laid down on the rice bowl, or soup bowl, if it has not been used. As food is eaten quickly, and portions are small, little time is spent in putting eating utensils down.

Cases for sujeo in paper or Korean fabrics were often embroidered with symbols of longevity and given as gifts, particularly at weddings. They are now sold as souvenirs.

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  1. ^ "Dining Etiquette". Travel Seoul. Google eBook. 2010. ISBN 978-1-60778-031-1. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Korean table manners". Visit Korea. Retrieved 2013-05-07.
  3. ^ Pettid, Michael J. (2008). Korean cuisine: an illustrated history. China: Reaktion Books Ltd. pp. 154–159. ISBN 978-1-86189-348-2.