Koreans inhale their food, quite literally. I do not know how they do it. Generally they eat with their mouths open (a pet hate of mine) but I guess it helps to get the food in quicker. Don’t get me wrong, they enjoy it, but they just enjoy it very quickly.
In my 2nd week at Dong San Elementary school I sat down with my all-in-one tray of food (usually 2 big dishes at the front for rice and some kind of soup, and three smaller compartments, one always for Kimchi the other 2 for some other little delights – so far there has been octopus, eggs, jelly type things, fruit, veggies… you name it). I looked down wondering where to start and concentrated hard on holding the chopsticks right, managed a couple of mouthfuls and looked up only to find my co-teacher opposite at least half the way through his meal smiling at me. He said “You eat bery slowly” (Koreans cannot pronounce V). I fought back with “No, no, you eat very fast!” but he just laughed and shook his head. I conceded defeat.
That school, it turns out, gives me the best school lunch I get all week. No complaints here.