What Country Never
December 3, 2007 8:59pm CST
Cleans their plate when eating. I heard a long time ago that there was a country where it was not polite to eat everything one your plate. If you left some, that meant that you had enough. I met a guy a few years ago. I do not care what he was eating he always left a bite on his plate. It was annoying and drove me crazy. But, I never asked him about it for fear that I would be offending him. Does any one know what country this is? I also want to learn about other eating traditions that are interesting. For instance, I have heard that in some countries it is polite to burp after a meal. I am quite curious about such things.
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• United States
6 Dec 07
I was watching Discovery Channel a few weeks ago and they were having a special about eating customs in other countries. I can't remember which country it was, but it was a custom to kill a snake at the table and drink the blood with the heart still beating in the cup. It was supposed to be cleansing or something like that. I've also heard that in some Asian countries they pass a fish head around, but I can't remember exactly what the purpose is.
6 Dec 07
That is really disgusting. On this cable show called Tabu, there were people who buried fish for like three months, then they would dig it up and eat it. It was is called "Stink Fish." It is a delicacy and it can also kill you. So everytime they eat it, they take a chance. I don't remember what nationality they were, but eveything else stuck in my head.
4 Dec 07
I think different communities have different customs. Here, in India, where I come from, we need to finish everything on our plate (leaf actually..we eat off a banana leaf). But a friend of mine from a state in north India said that it isn't polite at their place to clean their plate. I've heard about the burping too. I'm not sure if that is the custom at our place. But it is annoying when I see people do that. No one's responded to that. So, I assume it is a common practice here. We use our fingers to eat and it's customary to see people licking their fingers after a meal. I personally don't do it because I don't think it's classy...but it is common.
4 Dec 07
I guess anything is okay as long as it is the norm for your society. I have a friend that eats with her fingers and generally makes eating look really disgusting. It is gross to me because that is not normal in America. Then, she has the nerve to get offended when I won't let her go out to eat with me. She says that she only does that at home and will not do it in public. It will take more than a lifetime to convince me of that.
7 Dec 07
Even here in India, some people do make it look gross (eating with their fingers or hands rather)...I know someone who eats like that at home but doesn't do it in public. But I don't understand...why they need to be different in public and at home...they just need to be civilized anywhere (whatever the norm).
4 Dec 07
These are some of my country's tradition when eating... 1. If you are a first time guest in a house... never help set up the dishes of put them away... that might bring bad luck to the owners of the house... 2. Using the hands while eating is more fun and makes the food taste better than using any utensils... 3. We love to use banana leaves as plates... 4. We eat fruits like bananas and mangoes with rice...