- Observe table seating before sitting down. Save the front seats and middle seats for
- Don’t stretch hands, arms, legs, and shoulders when sitting down and eating.
- Wait for the homeowner/host to raise their cup/glass first before raising yours and
saying, “thank you”.
- Say thank you to the homeowner/host before eating the food they cooked.
- When picking up your chopsticks or eating utensils, also invite others to pick up their
chopsticks or eating utensils.
- Use chopsticks to pick up food from your side of the table. Don’t stand up and reach
over to get food in front of others on the other side.
- Start by picking food from the outside, not from center of the dish.
- Do not use your chopsticks to poke or dig around shared serving dishes or containers.
- When using spoons or soup ladles to scoop food, empty them completely before
putting them back in the shared serving bowls or containers.
- Once you’ve already selected and added food to your bowl or dish, do not put the food
back on the original serving dish.
- Do not give used chopsticks and utensils to others.
- Eat quietly; do not smack your lips, chew loudly, or slurp noisily.
- Set a no talking rule while eating. If you must talk, take precaution that saliva does
not get into the food while talking.
- Cover your mouth or turn the other way when sneezing or coughing.
- Do not feed food scraps to pets while eating.
- Finish your food; do not leave left-over food on your plate or bowl.
- Do not floss teeth in front of people.
- Do not leave the table while a guest is still eating.
- After a meal, the homeowner or host should kindly invite guests to stay for tea or
coffee. Guests should know when is the appropriate time to say goodbye.