Chinese Table Manners

Posted on: November 27, 2010

The typical Chinese dining table is round or square, the ts’ai (common dishes) are laid in the middle, and each participant in the meal is equipped with a bowl of fan (grain/rice), a pair of chopsticks, a saucer, and a spoon. All at the table take from the ts’ai dishes as they proceed with the meal. The diner who lets his fan bowl stay on the table and eats by picking up lumps of fan from the bowl is expressing disinterest in or dissatisfaction with the food. Also, it is extremely poor manners to suck or bite your chopsticks. Consumption of too much rice may be a sign of disrespect to the quality of the ts’ai dishes. No rice should ever be left over in a private bowl of a participant at the end of a meal.



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