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Table Etiquette in Chinese Homes

Table Etiquette in Chinese Homes
Dining is an important ritual in almost every culture in the world, with the sharing of a meal playing an important role in creating social and familial bonds. The dining ritual has particular significance in China, and there are a number of important traditional etiquette guidelines which should be observed when eating in a Chinese home.  

Presenting the best food to the senior members of the family first: This is a sign of respect and gratitude for what the elders have contributed to the family.

Waiting for the host: Dining only begins once the host and all their guests are seated. Before starting to eat, the host may offer some words of welcome to their guests. 

Respect for the chopsticks: Chopsticks are never meant to be licked or used to point at others. Neither should they be waved around or stuck into food, as these are signs of disrespect and may cause offense to your fellow diners.

Serving others before yourself: The person closest to the drinking jug is expected to pour drinks for the other diners, who should offer thanks to the person serving the drinks. 

Raising a toast: Toasts are an iconic part of the Chinese dining ritual. All cups should be filled and guests should all listen to the host as they give their toast.

Asking before taking the last bit of a dish: Ideally, the host should offer their guests the last serving of each dish, but if this does not happen, guests should offer the dish around before taking the last piece for themselves.

Now that you know how to dine in traditional Chinese style without making any faux pas, why not host your own sumptuous Chinese dinners with Asian Home Gourmet's Chinese range.

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