8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country

                8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country

Did you know that some eating
patterns and traditions that we consider to be normal and correct may be banned
or treated as disrespectful in some countries? We usually sprinkle our food
with salt and pepper and don’t even realize that it’s treated as an offense in
some countries. In this article, there are things that we should all keep in
mind while traveling abroad.
Bright Side has found out some
strange and unusual foreign eating traditions that we could face while
traveling around the world.
8. Half of a cup of tea is
only for welcome guests in Dubai and Kazakhstan.
                      8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country

In Dubai and Kazakhstan, tea
is poured by the half cup or less, so that guests don’t feel like the hosts are
waiting for them to leave. By pouring half a cup, the host lets you know that
they want to prolong your nice conversation. If you get a full cup of tea, it’s
a slight hint that it’s time to go home.

7. A clean teapot is a teapot
without a soul in China.

In China, people don’t wash
teapots with dish detergent. It’s washed with water or special sand. The
resulting plaque is considered to be the tea’s soul, which is why it’s
prohibited to “kill” it with various chemicals.
6. In Italy, you’ll insult the
chef if you ask for extra cheese.

                            8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country

We can’t imagine pizza or
pasta without some extra cheese. And though Italians love this product, it’s
better to not ask for extra cheese. It may insult the chef because it means to
them that you don’t like the dish as they’ve prepared it and you want to change

5. Don’t ask for salt and
pepper in Portugal or Egypt.

If you ask for salt or pepper
in Egypt or Portugal, you may hurt people’s feelings. The thing is, it’s a
message to the person who’s cooked a dish letting them know that it’s not tasty
enough and that you need to “complete” their work.

4. Don’t use forks in

              8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country
A fork is an ordinary utensil
that we use to eat different products. But in Thailand, using a fork is
considered bad form. You’re allowed to push food onto a spoon with a fork and
that’s it.

3. Did you like a dish? In
China, don’t finish eating everything on your plate.

         8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country
If we like a dish, we often
finish it to show that it was really tasty. In China, it’s impolite to finish
eating everything on your plate. Empty plates indicate that a host hasn’t
served enough food and guests are still hungry. So if you want to compliment a
chef or a host, it’s recommended that you leave some food on your plate no
matter how tasty it is.

2. Tea etiquette in Great

Almost everyone knows that
there’s a tradition in Great Britain of drinking tea at 5 PM. But not many
people know how British people actually drink tea. First, they usually add
milk. Second, they prefer their tea cool, not hot. Third, stirring a cup of tea
is done gently and noiselessly in the center of the cup.
1. Be careful with chopsticks
in Japan.

8 Unexpected Rules That We Should Follow While Eating in a Foreign Country

In Japan, it’s not recommended
to stand your chopsticks up vertically. According to tradition, people place chopsticks
vertically during funerals. In a restaurant, this action may insult the owner.
It’s also the reason why
you’re not allowed to pass food with the help of chopsticks. At funerals,
chopsticks are used to move bones during cremation.
Which customs are the
strangest? Share your opinion with us!

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.