Japanese Cuisine

The Right Way to Eat Japanese Food: What is it? Did you eat right?

Not only is there a great deal of attention to food, but there is also a lot of etiquette. If you accidentally violate the taboo, it can be a very rude thing. So, let’s take a look!

In the box, where do you put your shoes?

The toe should be placed outward. The steps are:

1. People take off their shoes facing the box.

2. Squat on the porch.

3. Pick up your shoes with your hands and turn them inward to prevent others from accidentally kicking them when walking. Do not covet convenience, back to the box shoes off, this is not polite.

Once in the box, what about the seating arrangement?

At formal parties, the junior arrives before the elder. After entering the box, the master or boss should sit in the farthest place from the door, and the most junior person, sit in the closest place to the door, convenient to help pass the food or close the door. If it is a private party, the person who should pay will usually sit near the door.

When you’re seated, where do you put your carry-on bag?

Put it behind your back.

How should I sit?

The formal position is to sit with your feet kneeling, your thighs pressed against your calves, and your left and right feet folded. However, this can cause fatigue, so you can also bend your feet into an inverted V and sit diagonally on the mat. At present, Taiwan has improved box, that is, there are square grooves under the table, and those who are not used to kneeling, will put their feet straight.

How to greet a waiter?

Usually Japanese restaurants are all waitresses, in the call for the waiter, can not shout, usually refer to each other as (big sister).

Who would like to order?

If it is a company party, it is usually the subordinates who pick up the menu and ask the boss what they would like to order. Generally, they will order wine first, followed by the basic required dishes: sashimi, hors d ‘oeuvres (appetizers), clear soup, cooking, cooking, and other dishes can be increased as the situation.

What should you do after drinking?

Men hold the glass by gently pressing the rim of the glass with their thumb and forefinger, while the rest of their fingers naturally bend inward.

The method for women to hold the glass: hold the glass in the right hand, with the middle finger as the center of the left hand, supporting the bottom of the glass with the fingertips. If the boss is running out of wine, female employees or subordinates should timely help each other pour wine, whether it is beer or sake, when pouring wine, the right hand to pick up the bottle, the left hand to hold the bottom of the bottle, accept the wine, to hold the cup with the right hand, the left hand holding the bottom of the glass. When two people drink, they must first help others pour wine, and then by the other side to help themselves pour wine.

Everyone pours drinks to each other

Another example of drinking sake with friends is ordering a whole bottle of wine on the table, which requires everyone to pour each other. In Japan, it is impolite to ask your fellow diners to help you pour your own wine. The correct way should be: friends help you pour wine, you take the bottle, and then help each other pour wine. Also, be careful not to pour until the other person’s glass has reached the bottom. This requires you to eat with friends, often pay attention to the state of each other’s wine glasses, take good care of each other.

How to place chopsticks?

After the chopsticks are removed, the chopsticks bag should be placed on the left side of the food or beside the cushion. The chopsticks swing sideways. Put the chopsticks back on the chopsticks pillow in the middle of the meal. The chopsticks should swing sideways and not face others. Chopsticks if stained with residual dishes, available napkin, chopsticks will be wiped clean, can not use the mouth to lick chopsticks, points are not elegant. If you do not have a chopstick pillow, gently tie a knot with the set and use it as a chopstick pillow. After the meal, put the bag into the original paper towel and put it back on the pillow.

How do you say it?

Before eating, say: “I want to eat”, and let the host or boss eat first. When you finish your meal, say: I’m finished. Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.

How do you use mustard?

Method 1: Scoop some wasabi from sashimi dish into soy sauce dish and stir with soy sauce well.

Method 2: Dip wasabi into sashimi, then dip sashimi into soy sauce and eat. When dipping seasoning should dip the first third, dip lightly, do not take too much. One of the most surprising things that many Japanese find in Taiwanese cuisine is that it seems to be mainly wasabi, rather than sashimi. In fact, it takes a small amount of seasoning to get the freshness and flavor of the fillet.

The order in which you eat sashimi?

Sashimi eating is actually a learned, should be less fat, white meat fish first, and rich in oil or taste, such as salmon, sea urchin, fish eggs, to eat last. When eating in Japan, you must first pick up the bowl and then raise your chopsticks.

If you want to change to another bowl, you must first put down the chopsticks, then change the bowl, and finally pick up the chopsticks. Put the chopsticks back into the chopstick cover when you’ve finished eating them all.

Don’t bite the food in half with your teeth

When eating nigiri, sashimi, etc., one should never put half of the food back on the plate. This is Japanese politeness.

If the food is really big, you have to shove it into your mouth and chew slowly with your hands over your mouth.

This is why some Japanese actresses know it will be ugly, but they still eat regardless of the image.

Don’t put the wasabi in the soy sauce!

Some friends like to mix wasabi with soy sauce, but this is wrong!

To eat it, place wasabi on top of sashimi and dip the fish in soy sauce.

Put the lid upside down into the bowl

Some friends think that putting the bowl lid upside down in the bowl means “I’m done with this dish”. In fact, it is not true. Just put the bowl lid back on the bowl as it is, the waiter will know that you have finished your meal.

Why can’t you turn the lid upside down? It is said that doing so will damage the lid.

Clam shells should not be thrown in bowl LIDS

It is also impolite for many people to drink clam soup with empty shells on top of the bowl or in an empty dish.

The correct way to eat it is to leave the empty shell in its original soup bowl.

Don’t catch fallen food with your hands

Putting your chopstickless hand under your food feels like a no-brainer to avoid dripping sauce on your clothes or the table.

However, to the Japanese, this “hand dish” is very impolite and should never be avoided. Just use your hand to support the bowl.

Don’t hang your chopsticks or touch food without picking them up

Dangling chopsticks over a dish is such a faux pas that there’s even a term for it: “lost chopsticks.”

In addition, when your chopsticks touch something and then push it away instead of putting it on your plate, this is called “empty chopsticks”.

Moving chopsticks should be avoided when one dish is eaten and the next dish is immediately followed.

Chopsticks should not rest on the bowl

Most people think it’s okay to put your chopsticks on a bowl, but it’s also against etiquette.

The correct way to do this is: put the chopsticks on the chopsticks stand, if there is no chopsticks stand, you can use the chopsticks paper packaging to fold one.

Don’t use the wrong side of the chopstick to pick up the communal dish

The end of the chopstick is placed in the hand, and to be honest it is dirtier than the front end and should not be used to pick up food. What to do: Ask the waiter for another pair of chopsticks, or excuse yourself and ask, “Can I use my chopsticks?”

Don’t hold food higher than your mouth

When some people see a delicate food, they will hold it in front of their eyes and praise it. But this is wrong. Always remember not to hold food above your mouth.


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