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Food rules from all over the world that are weird

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 15, 2015
When you plan to travel to different countries, you must know the traditions and rules followed there. Here is an insight into the most weird food etiquettes from around the world.
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    Food etiquettes in Korea

    In Korea, you should wait to eat until the eldest person at the table starts his meal. Also, if one of your elders offers you a drink, you are supposed to accept it with both hands. Image Source:

     Food etiquettes in Korea
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    Don’t pass food with chopsticks in Japan

    You should never use chopsticks to pass food as it is considered disrespectful and a taboo in Japan and among traditional Japanese people. Why? Because it is a Japanese tradition to pass bones from one set of chopsticks to another in funerals. Image source:

    Don’t pass food with chopsticks in Japan
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    Don’t point your chopsticks in China/Japan

    In Japan, you should not place chopsticks upright on a rice bowl. Placing chopsticks inside a bowl pointing upwards is unacceptable in Japan except at funerals when food is offered to the spirit of a dead person. In China, pointing chopsticks directly at people is not considered good.

    Don’t point your chopsticks in China/Japan
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    Don’t eat from a fork in Thailand

    As per Thai eating etiquette, fork is used to move food onto your spoon before you eat. You cannot put fork in your mouth under any circumstances.

     Don’t eat from a fork in Thailand
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    Eat only with your right hand in Arabic countries

    If you are thinking of visiting an Arabic country, we suggest you be careful about which hand you eat with. In Arab nations, people don’t even touch the plate with their left hand. The left hand is considered unclean. Image Source: Getty

    Eat only with your right hand in Arabic countries
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