Cuisine and etiquette go hand in hand. We all know that when you’re dining, there’s a specific set of rules we need to adhere to. Most of them are pretty simple: wait for everyone to be seated, don’t leave the table before everyone’s finished, don’t laugh when nan’s false teeth fall out, et cetera. In some countries in the world, however, etiquette has some very specific and weird rules.
Let’s take a look at some freaky dinner habits and rules around the world. If nothing else, it might convince you that your mild table manners wouldn’t be as bad somewhere else.
No Forks In Thailand
I know, forks are miniature spears and we used to be a race of hunters who fed ourselves with spears. It makes perfect sense to keep with that tradition. In Thailand however, it’s considered low class to eat your food with a fork. Don’t be a pleb!
Italians Don’t Put Cheese On Fish
We usually consider grated cheese to go well on everything Italian, yet Italians have a very strict rule: don’t put cheese on seafood. No fish, no shrimp. Nothing that came out of the sea, really.
Empty Plates Are Tricky
Where an empty plate is seen as a big compliment to your host in Japan and India, it’s a huge offense in China. It’s interpreted as your host not having fed you enough – so leave some food uneaten on the plate!