Ethnic Eating Utensils: Tips on how and when to and when not to offer them
When it comes to eating and handling food, every culture has its own rules of etiquette. By adhering to these rules we show that we are civilized, that we are living within a framework of cooperation with those around us. In Europe and in western countries, our cosmopolitan nature brings us into contact with the cuisine of other cultures quite regularly. Whether or not a specific representation of a specific culture is authentic is always a matter for debate.
But the question does occasionally arise of whether or not it is appropriate to offer chop sticks or other ethnic catering utensils at a given location or setting. There are so many rules of etiquette to keep track of that the question can seem quite daunting. For example, in Thailand, you don’t put food in your mouth using a fork, and in Japan, one never sticks chop sticks upright in rice.
However, for restaurants, hotels and the like the appropriateness of offering ethnic utensils and food catering supplies is more or less a simple matter of proximity and expectation.
If, for example, you operate a purely Chinese restaurant, then it would be entirely appropriate to use Chinese restaurant supply items and to offer chopsticks with every entree. In this instance, you might offer forks, spoons, and the like as an option if you so choose. If, on the other hand you are a non-Chinese restaurant, but offer a number of Chinese dishes, then you would obviously not be primarily stocked with Chinese restaurant supply materials.
Now, if you run a completely western themed establishment, but happen to do business in or near a specific ethnic community. It would be wise to offer the food service equipment associated with that culture.
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