17 Oct 7 Table Etiquette Rules That Might Totally Surprise You
Different countries have their own do’s and don’ts of dining etiquette that are still in use today. They may seem truly foreign to you (like eating your fries with a fork and knife!), so let’s navigate through 7 table etiquette rules from around the world.
Don’t ask for salt and pepper in… Read on to find out where!
1. Japan: Slurping Sounds
It’s totally acceptable to slurp your noodles or soup (loudly!) in Japan. It’s a huge compliment to the chef and shows your enjoyment of the delicious food.
When it comes to chopstick etiquette, it’s considered impolite to stick them vertically into your food (this also holds true for most Asian countries). Also, remember to never ever lick them!
2. India: Eating with Your Right Hand is a Must
This eating rule also applies to Middle Eastern and African countries. Whether you’re eating with your hands or using utensils, you’ve got to use your right hand. It is generally considered unhygienic to use your left one in Indian culture.
3. France: Baguette Etiquette … S’il vous plaît
Keep this in mind if you ever travel to France: ‘NEVER’ put your bread on your plate!
Oui, apparently there are way too many rules when it comes to bread eating. Now you’re asking, “but where do I put it?” Well, as strange as it may seem, you’ve got to place your bread on the table. So, remember to leave it on the table (and not your plate) even after taking a piece. However, you may get a small plate if you’re dining in a fancy French restaurant.
4. Italy: Don’t Ask for Extra Cheese
You’ll get a strange look if you ask for it … and don’t even think twice about it! It is considered a breach of pizza etiquette if you add extra grated cheese and sauces. Remember, Italians don’t like adding ketchup, mayonnaise or hot sauce to their pizza.
5. Portugal: Don’t Ask for Salt & Pepper
Unexpected, eh?! If they’re not already placed on your table, don’t embarrass yourself and ask your Portuguese server for salt and pepper or you’ll be insulting the chef’s cooking skills.
6. Chile: Eat Your Fries with a Fork & Knife!
Who doesn’t enjoy eating their fries with their hands? Well, in Chile it is seen as a faux pas to eat with your hands – anything that is, even fries.
7. Korea: Don’t Start Eating Before the Oldest Person
Showing respect to elderly people is very important in the Korean culture. When it comes to Korean table manners, you have to wait for the oldest person to take their first bite before you start eating (or drinking!). Also, you should always use both hands when an older person offers you a drink or plate.
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About the Author: Randa A. Loves experimenting and being creative with food and recipes. She is passionate about nature, learning languages, and exploring different cultures. Randa speaks English, Arabic, and some Spanish.