6 Strange Food Customs From Around The World

Let’s say you are preparing for a trip to another country. You educate yourself on all the aspects of the local culture and feel confident that you know everything you need to in order to have a great time there. But no sooner are you there, you realize that no amount of reading could have possibly prepared you for what was to come. The most puzzling (and interesting) part of any foreign trip is always getting round to the different kinds of foods that are eaten, but more importantly how they are consumed. Food customs are a great tool for social bonding and the act of eating together (regardless of how they differ from place to place) is often seen as an expression of camaraderie, friendship and social status. So, without further ado, here are 6 food customs from around the world that illustrate perfectly just what a diverse world we live in… Fork Off! While the venerable forks are a staple part of western eating traditions, did you know that many eastern cultures prefer to stay away from them? In Thailand for instance, you might draw puzzled or even non-approving glances if you used a fork to put food in to your mouth. The practice is considered crude or low-so in the country. Sticking to the age old practice of using a fork to push food to your spoon is a safer bet. Slurp All You Want As youngsters, we were often reminded of how rude and unbecoming slurping while eating was. Not so in Japan. Slurping is indeed a welcome table manner there as it is considered...