If you’ve been reading the KREW blog, you might have browsed through “10 Korean Phrases-ASAP!”. Now, it’s time to bring another 10 K-phrases to the table, this time with food!
Let’s first define terms : “먹방” (meok bang), means “eating program”. This term comes from the combination of two words “먹어” (meogo) meaning “eat” and “방송” (bang song) meaning show or program.
1. 맛있겠다 (ma si get da) | Looks Delicious.
I’m sure with the recent meokbang trend in Korean variety, you got yourself saying “맛있겠다”-a hundred times! This is one of the reasons I have a love-and-hate relationship with meokbang shows because they never fail to make me crave for K-food! What’s worse, is if that K-food is hard to find in Manila!
2. 배고파요 (bae go pa yo) | I’m hungry.
Have you heard of the four stages of meokbang? First, you watch your favorite meokbang show. Second, you start to crave for the food you see. Third, you go crazy trying to find a Korean restaurant here in Manila- that delivers. Finally, you suddenly feel “배고파요”- even though you just ate lunch. I went through that over my jjajangmyeon craving!
3. 배불러요 (bae bul leo yo) | I’m full.
This phrase, “배불러요”, on the other hand, is what you might say after you eat…again.
4. 같이 먹자 (gat ji meok ja) | Let’s eat together!
If you want to invite your friends over your own meokbang party, just say “같이 먹자”.
Formal: “같이 식사해요” (gat ji sik sa hae yo).
5.밥 먹었어요? (bap meok eos seo yo) | Have you eaten?
Literally “밥” (bap) means “rice” but, it can also pertain to “food” in general.
So when you see your friend glaring at you, as if she is about to “devour” you while you eat- probably she hasn’t eaten yet! Might as well ask, “밥 먹었어요?”, and share your food. If you’re the one asked, you can reply, “네 먹었어요” (ne meok eos seo yo) meaning “Yes, I already ate”.
Formal: 식사하셨어요? (sik sa ha syeos seo yo).
6.잘 먹겠습니다 (jal meok ges seum ni da) | I will eat well.
Said before every meal, this phrase is a very important part of the Korean dining culture. You say, “잘 먹겠습니다” to show your appreciation to the one who prepared your meal. This also means that you’ll enjoy eating it.
7.잘 먹었습니다 (jal meok got seum ni da) | I’ve eaten well.
After enjoying a hearty meal, you say “잘 먹었습니다” showing your gratitude to the one who prepared your meal. This also can mean you compliment the cook’s skills.
8.맛이 있어요 (mas si is seo yo) | It’s delicious.
Nothing can express your happiness after eating your favorite food than complementing it’s taste, “맛이 있어요”. No offense but, if it’s bad then you have to say “맛이 없어요” (mas si eop seo yo), “It’s not delicious” or literally, “It has no taste”.
9.짜요, 달아요, 매워요 (jja, dal a yo, mae uo yo) | Salty, Sweet and Spicy.
Since Korean food often revolves around salty, sweet and spicy food, it’s important to know how to say them, just to express what you might taste!
10. [FOOD] 더 주세요 (deo ju se yo) | Can I please have more of [FOOD]?
Lastly, when the cravings doesn’t stop and you’re still not “배불러요”, you can always ask for more, [FOOD] + 더 주세요.
Ex: 물 더 주세요 (mul deo ju se yo) | Can I please have more water?
I hope you enjoyed my 10 meokbang phrases and, 잘 먹겠습니다~ ^^
Written by Krew Member Max Chua