Customs when sitting at the table.

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Each culture has its own customs when it comes to sitting down to eat at the table, let's see some of the Asian ones.

In Thailand, a spoon is used to bring food to the mouth, while the fork is used to stack the food. It is common for the first and second courses to be served at the same time on the table and shared. Never eat "the bite of shame".

When in Korea, don't forget that you should not start eating before the older people at the table. If someone older than you hands you a plate of food or a drink, you should take it with both hands, otherwise, it is considered disrespectful.

In China, it is considered good manners to try all the dishes offered to you, but showing shyness. Leave the last bite of food on the plate, it is a sign that you have been served a generous amount.

If you go to Japan, in addition to being able to arrive an hour late to a meal, never leave your chopsticks stuck in the rice (you will be offering rice to the dead!). Always leave your chopsticks horizontally on the bowl or plate (useful for most Asian countries). Slurping noodles shows how much you like them. Drink the soup directly from the bowl.

If you drop bread from the table in Afghanistan, in addition to picking it up, kiss it and put it back on the table for the other guests. This demonstrates respect for the food and the effort that went into preparing it.

In India, eat everything, wasting food is a "sin". Only use your right hand to bring the food to your mouth. Look for a balance between eating quickly or slowly.

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