It’s interesting how what is considered “manners” at the table in Canada can be insulting in Thailand. Check out these 10 food etiquette or habits of other country’s dinner tables!
1- Forking around in Thailand
In Thailand it is actually considered low-class and crude to use a fork to eat. You may only use the fork to push food into the spoon and then eat with that said spoon but NOT the fork.
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2- Don’t flip in China
If served a whole fish in China, the worst thing you can do is flip it over to get at the other side. Flipping a fish is superstitiously very bad luck according to the Chinese culture.
3- Tilting away in the UK
In United Kingdom, when soup is served to you, you must tilt the bowl of soup away from you. It’s just manners at the dinner table folks.
4- Hands free in Chile
In Chile, NO food should ever be eaten straight with the hands. Even if ribs are on the menu, you MUST use a knife and fork to eat it!
5- Lay it on the table in France
We all know the jokes about the French and their baguettes but really bread is the super star of many meals for this country. The best part is that it goes straight on the table too… Pretty much treated like cutlery to eat soup or any sauces. For real! The bread doesn’t need a plate, it goes straight on the table!
6- Let’s get loud in Asia- Slurp, slurp
While you probably consider slurping noodles to be rude, this is not the case in Asia. In fact, slurping is not only acceptable, but encouraged, as it’s believed to improve the noodles’ flavour and considered to be evidence that you enjoyed your meal.
7- Don’t be salty in Portugal
When dining in countries such as Portugal asking for salt is like asking to slap the chef in the face. It is very offensive to their cooking. Maybe sneak in some packaged salt if you know you’ll need it!
8- Chop chop in Japan
One should never pass food to someone else using chopsticks or point them when dining in Japan. Chopsticks are used in many different settings in Japan, and it is very offensive to them when they are used playfully.
9- Worms-up in Mexico
In the Mexican culture you are only a REAL man if you eat the worm found at the bottom of a Tequila bottle. It is an old tradition that has carried on in bars in Mexico to this day!
10- Don’t you finish that plate!
Funny how I always get memories of my mom telling me to finish my dinner plate when I was a child but in countries like Philippines, Korea and Egypt, if you actually finish the plate, you’re insulting your host, indirectly telling them you have NOT been fed properly.
Lesson to learn, always make sure you research the table or food etiquette if you’re travelling to another country. You might surprised that what is accepted here is very rude at someone else’s table!
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