Food Etiquette From Around The World

If you’re planning to travel around the world and stay with other places (everyone knows that AirBnB is the way to go for affordability and quality), it’s worth knowing the different types of food etiquette from around the world so that you don’t risk offending your hosts.

Food Etiquette From Around The World

Listen to the elders.

In Korea, it’s a sign of respect to wait until your elders begin eating before you start going at your dish. Also, always accept any drinks with two hands when being offered one by them as well. This is also another sign of respect.

Chopsticks are not for food.

In Japan, chopsticks aren’t meant to be used for food. If you pass around what you’re eating with them, it’s a sign of disrespect since they’re only used to move bones in funerals. If you do happen to use them for food, it’s also extremely disrespectful to have them sticking straight up out of your food.

The right is always right.

It’s extremely disrespectful to eat with your left hand in Arabic countries since that hand is supposed to be used for going to the bathroom (which warrants it as dirty). Instead, always make sure that you’re eating with your right hand – since it’s considered clean.

Hands off!

In Chile, you should never be caught eating with your hands. Eating here is a cutlery only situation. Good luck with your wings…

Second time’s the charm.

In Italy, it’s considered polite to turn down food the first time that someone offers it to you. If you’re then offered a second chance, then you have to take it, or else you risk appearing rude. And also make sure to never ask for more cheese, that in it’s own is considered rude.

Let it go.

Strangely enough, it’s actually considered polite to burp after a meal in India. Burping signifies to your host that you have been well fed. On the other hand, when eating with Inuits, farting is a sign of a good meal.

Food Etiquette From Around The World


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