Chinese Dining Etiquette by @ntdOTGW explains practices commonly adopted by children regularly attending parents’ dinners, which may be unknown by others. Entertaining 5-minute video describes how Chinese parents should have taught their children:
1. Where to sit?
- Seat of guest of honour faces the door.
- Next most important to right of guest of honour, and to the left of guest of honour.
- Person paying the bill faces the guest.
2. How to order?
- One person orders for table, sometimes with host ordering a few dishes and then asking others for additional dishes
- Even number of dishes
3 and 4. How to Pour Tea and Show Gratitude
- Tea handle with right hand, top with left hand
- Teapot top partially off signals for more water, teapot top entirely off is bad luck.
- Verbal thank you, or tap the table with two fingers.
5. Chopsticks handling
- Chopstick is extension to fingers, so don’t point
- Don’t stand chopsticks upright in rice, which looks like incense in dishes left to honour the dead
6. How to Eat Your Food
- On the lazy susan, the most senior person selects first
- Take a small portion to ensure everyone gets some
7. How to Eat Fish
- When whole fish is served, once one side is eaten, never flip the fish over; lift out the backbone of the fish
8. How to Pay the Bill
- Guests should never split the bill, as that would be ingracious, saying that the host could not afford the bill, or that the hospitality is not appreciated.
- Guest should offer to pay the bill a few times
Chinese Dining Etiquette | Sept. 18, 2013 | Off the Great Wall at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkyE2rPac3s.