When dining in public here in the UK, there’s plenty of unwritten rules that we tend to abide by such as not burping at the table, and using your knives and forks to eat your meal with. Seems obvious right? However, around the globe, there are plenty of different eating customs that well, are just a little bit weird - I mean can you imagine slurping on your noodles like they do in Asia to be polite? We were fascinated by just how differently people from one country to the next enjoy their food. Check out some the most interesting - and weird- habits from around the world…
Wait for your seniors
We all know that it’s slightly frowned upon to start tucking into your food before the final member of your party receives their dish. In the UK, eating begins at the same time as everyone else, unlike South Korea where no one can eat anything until the oldest or senior person has started theirs.
Avoid leaving your plate empty
If you’ve enjoyed your meal, chances are you’ll have eaten everything that has been placed in front of you leaving a clear plate. However, if you’re dining in places such as Korea or Egypt avoid doing so (if you don’t want more). They believe that by polishing everything off is a sign that your waiter or host hasn’t provided you with enough serving, and will keep adding food to your plate if it’s empty. The same goes for your drink too!
Late lunch or early dinner?
When you think of a lunch break, it usually sits between the hours of 12 or 2pm. However, in very relaxed countries such as Spain, they don’t eat their lunch until 3pm in the afternoon during the week and across the weekend. One of the main reasons is for this is because they enjoy a late breakfast, but it does raise the question of whether this is just a very late lunch, or an early dinner...
Don’t use that fork…
Knives and Forks form part of our table spread in the U.K (and most of Europe). But in Thailand, using a fork to eat with is considered rude. If you’re eating there, instead you need to collect the food with the fork and move it onto a spoon then eat it. In more recent years, people have tried to introduce it with no such luck.
Never leave chopsticks upright!
Sticking chopsticks up in the air is extremely frowned upon in China as it is associated with ceremonial meal offerings to the dead...they also believe that it’s rude to wave them at other people, to turn them upside down, to point them at someone else (the list goes on…)!
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