Greeting ‘Have you eaten rice?’

Rice is so ingrained in Korean culture that even one of their most common greetings is “Bap meogeosseoyo,” or,” Have you eaten rice?”   This greeting shows concern for someone’s well being; you’d ask if they had eaten. The phrase was popularized after the war in the 1960’s when people were hungry and food was scarce. While Korea has an abundance of food now, the phrase is still relevant to show concern for other people you know. If any of your Korean friends, ask you “Have you eaten rice?” Now you know.