Can I eat with my hands?

Before you travel abroad, brush up on your table manners and dining etiquette.  Wouldn’t you rather be informed and impress with your cultural know-how?  Good manners are the ultimate way to show respect (or some accidental disrespect) to your gracious host.  Who knew in some countries its ok to eat with your hands.

Here are some dining do's and don'ts from around the globe.   Enjoy.

Slurp your food. The louder the better!

In Japan, its ok to slurp your food and most commonly when eating noodles and soups. You may also drink directly from the soup bowl — spoons are uncommon.

Never cross your chopsticks, lick your chopsticks, or stick your chopsticks vertically into a bowl of rice.

India, Middle East and some parts of Africa
Eat only with your right hand -- NOT with your left.

In these countries it is considered unclean to eat with your left hand.

Eat with your hands, go ahead its ok for once.

It is considered snobby to use a knife and fork, especially for tacos.

Pay the bill - don’t offer to split it and bread can be used as 
a utensil.

In France, splitting the bill is considered the height of unsophistication. Offer to pay the bill in its entirety or someone else will.

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Bread isn't just an appetizer, it also serves to help he food to the fork.  When you eat the bread, tear off a piece instead of biting directly into the bread. When not in use, put the bread on the table or tablecloth instead of the plate.

Don’t touch any part of your meal with your hands.

Touching food with your hands is frowned upon in Chile, even when eating fries.  In Brazil, too, burgers and pizza are normally eaten with a knife and fork.


It's hard to believe, but don’t ask for cheese.

Never ask for cheese if it’s not explicitly offered to you. It’s considered a sin to put extra cheese on top of your pizza — and it’s even worse to put it on seafood. 

Skip the salt and pepper.

In Portugal, if salt and pepper aren’t already on the table, don’t ask for them. It’s considered an offense to the chef’s seasoning skills.

Spoons only - don’t put food in your mouth with a fork.

In Thailand, forks are used to push food into a spoon. Also, it’s unusual to use chopsticks.

Keep your hands on the table - never rest your hands in your lap while dining.

In Russia, put your wrists on the edge of the table (not in your lap) while eating, and keep your fork in your left hand and knife in your right.

A new meaning to family style dining - don’t use an individual plate.

Eating from individual plates is seen as hilarious, bizarre, and wasteful in Ethiopia. Food is always shared from a single plate without the use of cutlery.  The meat dishes are usually the last things eaten, so don't dive in on them immediately.


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