Dining Etiquette

Chinese Banquets

A Chinese Banquet Banquets are held to celebrate the New Year, the Moon Festival, weddings, and other special occasions. Each event is associated with particular treats — filled moon cakes for the Moon Festival or New Year’s pudding, for example — but there are also many common characteristics and ceremonies involved. A banquet acquires much […]

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Etiquette and Customs in Malaysia

Etiquette and Customs in Malaysia Meeting and Greeting Greetings in a social context will depend upon the ethnicity of the person you are meeting. In general, most Malays are aware of Western ways so the handshake is normal. There may be slight differences though and a few things to bear in mind include: ? Malay women […]

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Culture of Kabul

Chinese Dining

Chinese Dining Guide A unique Chinese food is dim sum. Actually dim sum is more than just a category of dishes; it’s an eating habit. Dim sums are small dishes taken for snacks or tea time (in Chinese: yam cha); they are served in restaurants on a trolley. Most of the dim sum dishes are steamed, but they may also […]

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Traditional Dining

KAISEKI CUISINE The Kaiseki meal is part of the first tea ceremony of the year. It is presented with a special touch of gaiety and grace. This meal is a fairly substantial feast prepared by the host that usually begins promptly at noon. As a matter of fact, the menu for formal Japanese dinners has […]

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Japanese Dining History

What makes Japanese Dishes Japanese? / Enviroment, Climate & the Diet /The Relationship with Rice / The Sense of Season / Even the color of the chopstick counts History of Japanese Cuisine We think of Japan as a single island, but it actually is four large islands and thousands of smaller ones. The volcanic and mountainous terrain […]

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Culture of Kabul

Japanese/ Western Dining Differences

DINING IN JAPAN Eating Scenarios for Westerners Scenario 1 Tom was at the dinner table for the first time with his new host family. His host mother, Mrs. Yoshida, was a good cook, and there was plenty of food on the table. Tom enjoyed the meal as well as the pleasant conversation. He ate so […]

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Culture of Kabul

Western / Japanese Dining Etiquette

Pre-set dinner settings and utensils upon arrival On the person’s left are: 3 forks (salad, dinner, & dessert) On the person’s right are: 2 spoons (soup & tea) and 1 butter knife Folded individual napkin : On lap signifies you’re beginning to dine On chair signifies you’re excusing yourself from the table On table signifies […]

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