|Asian nations have rich
histories of eating etiquette that a lot of people are oblivious to.
To help guide you through the
confusing world of Eastern cuisines, we asked all sorts of experts
to share the most commonly seen Asian restaurant faux pas.
Sticking your chopsticks straight up in a bowl of noodles or rice is
taboo in most every country in Asia -- it symbolizes either
death/stabbing in China, and piercing one's soul in Japan (via
Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen).
Not all Asians are Japanese -- you don't need to bow. (via Maharlika)
- Don't ask for chopsticks
-- not all Asians eat with them. (via Maharlika)
- Chopsticks are for
noodle dishes only. Eating a Thai curry with chopsticks is just
too logistically complicated. (via Austin Bush)
- Never tap your bowl with
chopsticks -- it's how the homeless ask for food.
- When eating dim sum, if
someone pours you tea, always tap three fingers on the table as
a sign of gratitude.
- Don't pour soy sauce on
fried rice, because it's already been seasoned.
- It's considered rude to
take food from a shared dish and put it immediately in your
- When eating a whole
fish, don't flip it over, as that symbolizes the capsizing of a
boat. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)
- When eating family-style
and without a serving utensil, pick up food with the opposite
end of your chopsticks; otherwise, you're essentially
double-dipping. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)
- Don't slurp pho.
- When eating pho, use the
chopsticks to move your noodles into the soup spoon, then eat
out of the spoon. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)
- The minute food hits the
table, you should start eating, rather than waiting for
everyone's food to arrive. It's considered rude to let it get
cold. (via Nguyen Tran, Starry Kitchen)
- Show respect to the
person who spent hours brewing the broth and don't squirt
Sriracha or hoisin sauce into pho. It's like putting ketchup in
chicken noodle soup. (via Andrea Nguyen, Viet World Kitchen)
- Don't lift your bowl off
the table and eat with the bowl in your hand.
- Don't ever blow your
nose during a meal, even if it's running like crazy.
- Don't ever receive a
dish or glass with one hand; always use two or put your left
hand under the wrist of the right. (via Beyond Kimchee)
- Never eat nigiri in more
than one bite. (via Deana Saukam, Qui)
- Never pour your own
- Don't put wasabi on
nigiri, as there is already some between the fish and rice.
- Don't dip nigiri into
soy sauce rice-side-down because it will compromise the
structural integrity. (via Jimmy Lee, Mikado)
- Don't use chopsticks to
eat nigiri -- use your hands. (via Kome)
- Ramen has been
specifically crafted by the chef as a complete item -- don't
customize it. (via Shion Aikawa, Ramen Tatsu-Ya)