Eating customs around the world


This blog post was inspired by a customer this week, who was so pleased with his dessert of deep fried ice cream with warm chocolate sauce that he actually licked his plate! Proprietor Fran Cunningham says, “I’ve been in the business for 45 years and that’s a first for me, I don’t remember anyone actually licking their plate before!”

That set us to thinking – what else is considered a sign of appreciation around the world? Well, it may not be good manners in the UK but in Japan you’re encourage to slurp noodles and soup noisily straight from the bowl. The more noise you make, the more satisfied you are and the higher the compliment to the chef (please don’t try this in our dining room!).

In parts of Asia such as China and India, it’s bad manners to stand your chopsticks upright in rise, or dip the end you’re eating with into a shared dish – instead, you should turn the chopsticks over and use the other end. In Thailand, you’ll be often be offered a fork and a spoon but the fork is only there as a tool to guide food onto the spoon – don’t use it to bring food to your mouth. Staying in Thailand for the moment, food is normally served as a collection of dishes to share rather than each diner having their own choice. It’s also considered rude for anyone to take the last mouthful from a shared bowl – good job they don’t normally serve deep fried ice cream over there! In India, if you’re given no utensils at all then eat using your left hand only.

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