Imagine that you’re at a business meeting with potential investors in India. Assuming you are not Indian, did you know that eating with your left hand is at the height of bad taste?
No? Well, I didn’t know either.
Let’s change country and move to Portugal. Again, assuming you’re not Portuguese, were you aware that it’s considered rude to ask the chef for salt and pepper?
No? Well, I wasn’t aware of this either.
There are a number of other potential traps you could fall into when dining in another country. This infographic from The Restaurant Choice will help you make sure that you don’t fall into any of the most dangerous ones.
A few highlights:
- Tipping: Tipping isn’t expected in every country. In fact, in Japan, it’s considered rude.
- Utensils: Incorrect use of utensils can be considered rude in some countries so it’s important to watch out for significant differences. In Thailand, for example, you are expected to use your fork to push your food onto your spoon.
- Expressing appreciation: If you’re from the US or the UK, belching and slurping during meals is usually considered unacceptable. However, belching in China is interpreted as a compliment to the chef.
Check out the infographic for some other top tips, and let me know if you think there are other countries that deserve a mention for their dining etiquette.
See also: Mobile Phone Etiquette Around the World