When it comes to eating, people around the world have followed particular customs and etiquette. Respecting these customs is critical, so what kind of things do you need to be aware of when you dine in another country?
Tipping, Not all countries expect you to leave a tip after a meal, but it's actually seen as rude in Japan! China also has restaurants with a policy of no tipping. However, this is not always the case; you can leave a tip of around 10 percent in Portugal. Other nations, such as France and Italy, prefer to have a fee for service, but you can also opt to tip extra.
Utensils, In certain locations, using utensils improperly can be seen as disrespectful or inconsiderate. You can never stand chopsticks in rice vertically or use them to dip into shared dishes in Japan and China (use the other end instead). In India, utensils are not always given, because the left is considered unclean, you should eat a meal with your right hand. Thai restaurants also provide you with a fork and a spoon. Use the fork instead of eating directly from it to force food onto the spoon.
Sharing of, Sharing a range of dishes among the community is very popular in many countries, including China, Japan and Thailand. Remember to think about customs and culture while you are sharing. For instance, passing food with chopsticks to another diner can be associated with funerals in certain locations and should not be done. Most societies often believe in first serving the party's oldest members or allowing them to start before anyone else-this is a sign of respect.
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