They say eat and drink like a local while traveling. Sometimes it is the best way to blend in and to get the local authentic feel of a place. At the same time, dining abroad with locals can be like finding your way through a minefield. You never know where you should slurp and where you should not. I have compiled a list of such table manners you should keep an eye on while traveling. Not sure how many of them are valid but following them can really help you impress the locals.
Keep it Clean with Vodka in Russia. Never add anything to the drink, not even ice.
After having a meal in China, you can either say Thank You or just ‘Burp’ as a token of appreciation for the host. Also do not insult anyone by pointing the chopsticks at them.
Japan is one place where you have to be careful with your Table Manners. Do not pass food with Chopsticks. Do not stick the chopsticks into the rice bowl. And slurp as much as you can to please the hosts.
Accept a dish or glass with two hands in Korea. Also wait for the elders to start eating before you. Do not pour your own drink. You can pour for others but have to wait for someone to pour for you.
Never eat off the fork in Thailand. Push the food into the spoon with the fork and then eat.
Never be punctual for dinner in Tanzania. Reach late and you gain respect.
Ask for extra cheese in Italy and you are doomed.
Do not cut your salad with a knife in France, instead fold it over the fork.
Use your right hand to eat when in India. If you are a leftie, starve to death.
Same applies in Mexico, using cutlery is considered snobby.
On the other hand, never use your hand to eat anything in Chile, not even French Fries.
Stay classy in UK. Tilt the soup bowl away from you and scoop away.
Never ask for salt and pepper in Portugal. It is considered offensive to the chef.
How many of them have you mastered yet?
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