When it comes to food around the world, each culture has adopted their own traditions and etiquette, from never pouring your own drink in Korea to just putting mustard on your hot dog in Chicago. Before you set out on a worldwide tour, brush up on these interesting food traditions.
Chicago, United States: Just Mustard
It is unheard of to put anything but mustard on a Chicago hot dog — you will be exiled if you go against tradition! End of story.
China: Proper Chopstick Etiquette
Proper chopstick etiquette is really important in China. Never ever rest your chopsticks upright in a bowl of rice or wave chopsticks at another person.
Italy: Avoid Parmesan + Seafood
It was blasphemous back in the day to ask anyone to top a seafood dish with grated Parmesan — ask any Italian! The act of mixing seafood and cheese was unheard of.
Japan: Don't Rub Your Chopsticks Together
Many are guilty of this: rubbing wood chopsticks together to get rid of splinters. When in a sushi restaurant, this is highly offensive and suggests that they are using low-end chopsticks.
Brazil: Always Use a Fork and Knife
In Brazil eating with your hands is not acceptable — and a fork and knife are a must. You must always use utensils even when eating a sandwich!