Leave your chopsticks on the side of your
plate or bowl when not eating; use the
chopstick rests if they are provided or lay
them ev en and tidy on the table.
When finished place chop sticks across
bowl / plate
Do not: play with chopsticks, lick
chopsticks, or use them to stir up the
food, gesture with them or point them at
Never stick chopsticks in the center of
rice, as this is the way to sacrifice and is
therefore considered to be inauspicious.
I f no serving utensils are present, turn
your chopsticks around when moving
food from communal bowls to your own
plate. Don't use the ends that go into
KNIFE AND FORK
Leave cutlery on side of plate when not
When finished place cutlery diagonally
across the plate to show you’ve finished
Fork in left hand, knife in right hand –
rude to use fork in right hand.
Pl ace n apkin w i th the co rner tucked under
your pl ate so that it hangs in your l ap
The el dest person o r guest o f ho nour
usual ly eats f i rst
Making sl urping no i ses w hen eati ng
noodles or drinking soup is acceptable.
Fi rst and best f o o d i s gi v en to el dest
m em bers
When the m ain di shes are prepared i n a
decorative form either by cut or other
m eans they w i l l be pl aced f acing the
m ajor guests and el der peo pl e at the
Pl ace n apkin o n l ap, i f l arge keep f ol der i n
h al f w i th f o l d to w ards yo u
Th e ho st(ess) eats f i rst
C h ew an d sw allow all th e fo od in yo ur
m o uth bef ore taking m ore o r taki ng a
dri n k.
S o up sh o ul d be spo oned aw ay f rom yo u.
Ti l t th e bo wl aw ay f rom yo u.
B reak o f f a sm al l pi ece o f bread (o r ro l l )
an d butter i t. Do n o t butter th e w h ole sl i ce
o r h al f a ro l l at o n e ti m e .
Nev er chew w i th yo ur m o uth o pen and
n ev er talk w ith food in your m outh
No el bows o n tabl e
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The chair facing the entrance (or
east, if possible) is reserved for the
person of the highest status.
The closer that guests are seated to
the person of high status the higher
The guest of honor is always seated
to the right of the host; the next in
line will sit on his left.
Place cards – if more than 6 people
A female guest of honour usually sits
to the right of the host, while a male
guest of honour usually sits to the left
of the hostess.
Men help seat the woman seated on
his right then sits.
Guests should be arranged in the way
that the host feels will best for
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