Food Etiquette: Guide & Resources Directory


Welcome to our website about proper food etiquette for different countries . We have gathered information on what is considered eating with good manners and what is considered to be rude while eating. Read on to learn more. We have provided many links from which you can learn from. Here is an example of the type of information that is provided on this page.


Chinese Food Etiquette

The history behind the chopsticks began during the time of Confucius. He did not believe in knives because he thought that knives were potential weapons that could cause danger and harm to others. Chopsticks are two slim and slippery sticks that you use to pick up food from your plate. One thing you should remember is that if you are out to dinner or lunch with Chinese friends or business men, always try to attempt to use the chopsticks before you put them aside and ask for a fork. Lifting your bowl of soup and sipping it is not considered rude when you are in a Chinese restaurant.

The right way to use a chopstick is to point the thin ends together and towards your food. You should hold one chopstick firmly between your thumb and inside tip of your index finger. The other stick is held between the tip of your thumb and the tip of your first finger. You do not move the first chopstick, the second chopstick is the one that moves with a pinching motion. Some restaurant's offer long chopsticks and it is said that with those long chopstick's you feed the other people sitting across the table because the sticks are so long.When you are out with your friends the way to order your food is to start with a cold dish like an appetizer. There is a bowl that has a clear light broth soup that might be served before your main dish is served. This soup is made to keep you warm during winter.

A proper Chinese food is known to have spicy and savory dishes so that the steamed rice could be balanced with your other entries. Chinese food also has a dessert after the main dish is served. The desserts consist of a form of sweet soup. It is not only limited to sweet soup though, you can also have puddings to pancakes, and ice cream.If you are going to go out on a romantic dinner with your husband or wife, then Chinese restaurant is not a good choice. When going to a Chinese restaurant it is a lot more enjoyable if you are with a group of friends. Rarely do you see tables for couples, they mostly have big booth tables so that you can enjoy your meal with many people.

There are some rules when you are at a Chinese restaurant and here are just a few, the ordered dishes will be served in the center of the table, so that everyone can share. It is considered rude if you pick up the food and place it in your mouth. You are suppose to get some of the food from the center plates and first put the food into your plate, then you can eat your food. Each dinner is served with a bowl of rice to compliment the dishes on the table. There is a tradition in the Chinese culture that you do not finish all the food that is in the center of the table. If you do finish the food it is considered insulting and embarrassing for your host and they might feel that the food he or she offered was not enough.

Chinese tea is the main drink that is offered. There are other drink available for you to order but tea is considered to be the most refreshing especially because of the amount of oily food that is being consumed. At every table there is a teapot that has tea inside, if your tea finishes and you would like more, just turn over the pot cover and place it at the top of the pot's opening to ask for a refill. After the tea refill has arrived you should first fill the cups of your friends around the table even if the cup is not empty, then after that you can fill your cup.



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