Chinese Table Manner
For many western people, the Chinese table
manner is terra incognita; many eating habits are very
different. Chopsticks instead of fork and knife on the
Chinese dinner table, but if you find chopsticks not
helpful, you can ask for knife and fork from the restaurants.
In the west, everybody has their own plate of food but
in China food are placed on the table and everybody
Usually the formal meal begins with at least
four cold dishes, to be followed by the main courses
of hot meat and vegetable dishes. Soup will be served
after that, at last you can have rice, noodle or dumpling.
One thing maybe surprises Western visitors is that some
of the Chinese hosts like to put food into the plates
of their guests but this is a sign of genuine friendship
and politeness. When people drink, always raise their
glasses to at least one person at the table; remember
tap on your bowl with your chopsticks is not polite.