Table labels are an excellent way to show your manners and be polite and respectful of other nationalities and protocols. For this reason, it is important that you inform yourself of the manners at the table in the country to which you go and follow them carefully. What in a place is receipt, in another place can be taboo or even bad manners.
We will review some of the strangest and peculiar customs when eating out in different countries of the world.
- China: do not finish what’s on the plate out of courtesy: In China, people think that leaving the plate completely clean shows that you’re still hungry and that the host has not offered you enough food, so it’s an insult to them . However, if you are in India or Japan you should finish everything so as not to offend the guests.
- Japan: never put the chopsticks upright on the rice: When you’re in Japan and enjoy a meal, make sure you keep your chopsticks together, parallel to the edge of the table and right in front of you. In addition, another rule you must follow is not to place them upright in your rice dish. It happens that in the Japanese country, during funerals, the bowl of rice of the person who died is stored before his coffin, and his chopsticks are placed in an upright position.
- Do not toast with beer in Hungary: In this European country, this action is not only considered rude, but you can even be reproached. The reason is that what you should know is that to toast with beer is very badly seen. This is because in the year 1849, the Austrians executed 13 Hungarian generals, an act they celebrated by toasting with beer.
- Do not refuse the drink: If someone in Russia offers you a drink, it means friendship and trust, and if you deny it, then it is a false step. In addition, vodka should be drunk alone, without ice, since adding ice is considered to be compromised with the purity of the drink. If any beer is mixed with vodka it is acceptable instead, as it will create a strong mix that the Russians call “yorsh”.
- Use your fork the right way in Thailand: You will be offered chopsticks to eat noodles and a spoon and fork for everything else. You must hold the fork with the left hand and the spoon with the right. The fork only serves to get food from your plate to your spoon or to cut larger pieces into smaller ones. This covered can never enter your mouth.
- Do not turn around the fish in China: Chances are that you turn a whole fish after having finished eating a side and this is very normal for you. However, when you are in China, particularly in South China and Hong Kong, you should not do this. Throwing a fish in China is “dao yue” or bad luck. When you turn a fish, you are saying that “the fisherman’s boat turns around”. Those who are very superstitious will not even eat the bottom, and others will pull the bone to reach the bottom.
- Beware of coffee in Jordan: In the Bedouin culture of Jordan coffee is considered very important, but it is not exempt from rules. Women and men are separated and watch and wait while the host prepares coffee. Then, each guest is offered some coffee in a small cup and the cups are usually returned to fill them. The coffee is served from right to left and can take a maximum of three cups.
- Tokens to order meat in Brazil: In a Brazilian meat restaurant, the waiters travel in circles with cuts of meat and those who have come to eat must use a token to place their order. If a server comes with what you want to eat, then you must keep your chip on the table with the green side facing up. If you do not want more food, keep the red side up. Since meat can be endless, you should place your chip according to what you want. If you have finished and the green side of the chip is up, you will be served more than you can eat.
- Receive drinks with both hands in Korea: Koreans respect their elders a lot. Therefore, when they are offered a drink, they raise their glass and receive it with both hands. In addition, Koreans have a habit of waiting until the oldest person in their group starts eating. It is even important to eat at your own pace.
- Handle the spoon with care: You may not mind when your spoon touches the sides of the cup while you stir, but it is somewhat frowned upon in the United States and Great Britain. Also, once you have finished stirring, you can not leave the spoon in the tea cup. You have to keep it in the saucer again and it must be oriented in the same direction as the handle of your cup.