Monday, November 10, 2014

Table Manners Etiquette In Korea

  • Wait to be told where to sit. There is often a strict protocol to be followed.
  • The eldest are served first.
  • The oldest or most senior person is the one who starts the eating process.
  • Never point your chopsticks.
  • Do not pierce your food with chopsticks.
  • Chopsticks should be returned to the table after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.
  • Do not cross your chopsticks when putting them on the chopstick rest.
  • Do not pick up food with your hands. Fruit should be speared with a toothpick.
  • Bones and shells should be put on the table or an extra plate.
  • Try a little bit of everything. It is acceptable to ask what something is.
  • Refuse the first offer of second helpings.
  • Finish everything on your plate.
  • Indicate you are finished eating by placing your chopsticks on the chopstick rest or on the table. Never place them parallel across your rice bowl.